Chair, Department of Comparative Medicine

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas (US)
June 21 2019
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Chair, Department of Comparative Medicine

Director, Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Bastrop, Texas

The Department of Comparative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center seeks a Chair/Director to oversee all operations of the Michale E. Keeling Center in Bastrop, Texas.

The Department and Center maintain national research resources primarily focused on non-human primates that are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Research is aimed at addressing severe diseases that impact both human and animal health. The Department also maintains a preclinical studies program that conducts GLP-compliant evaluations of novel therapeutics prior to clinical studies in humans.

The Chair/Director serves as chief operating officer and is responsible for the performance and evaluation of all programs, personnel and resources. The Chair/Director is responsible for recruitment, retention and career development of departmental faculty and staff and oversees and encourages their participation in collaborative research in alignment with the overall mission of the institution of eliminating cancer through outstanding programs in patient care, research, prevention and education.

The Chair/Director serves as, or appoints, the Attending Veterinarian and is responsible for overseeing the Keeling Center’s animal care and use program in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines, and for maintaining AAALAC accreditation. The Chair/Director reports to the Chief Scientific Officer.

Candidates must be established in the field of research related to comparative medicine or biomedical research, at the rank of full professor or comparable administrative position, and  must have experience directing an animal-related research program and experience in preclinical studies. Preferred candidates will have experience in programs in comparative medicine and laboratory programs focused on non-human primates, including serving as an active member on Institutional Animal Care and Use or Institutional Biosafety Committees, as well as experience conducting GLP-compliant studies in a regulated research environment. One or more of the following terminal degrees are required: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from an AVMA-accredited school, Medical Doctor (M.D.) from  an AMA-accredited school, or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. or equivalent) from an accredited academic institution.  If terminal degree is a D.V.M., candidate must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in one or more states within the U.S. and have specialty board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, or the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM).  If terminal degree is a M.D. or Ph.D., post professional training/experience in non-human primate research is required. Candidates should be eligible for state and federal registration to handle controlled substances as a practitioner or researcher.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent that includes a statement of goals, a current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to by August 1, 2019.

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