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Director of the Richard N. Merkin Institute for Translational Research

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California (US)
Salary commensurate to experience
Closing date
Feb 19, 2022
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The California Institute of Technology invites applications for the position of Director of the Richard N. Merkin Institute for Translational Research. The position is a tenured faculty position at the Full Professor rank and is open to exceptional candidates pursuing research in all areas of translational science and engineering. The Directorship comes with duties and responsibilities associated with guiding the vision of the Merkin Institute as well as administration of a generous budget. Candidates with strong commitments to research and teaching excellence are encouraged to apply. It is envisioned that the Directorship will be for a five-year term with the possibility of renewal. The Professorship is a tenured position, and is contingent upon completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. in a field related to translational science.

The Merkin Institute was established in 2019 through a generous gift of Dr. Richard N. Merkin, founder of the Heritage Provider Network and member of the Caltech Board of Trustees ( The mission of the Merkin Institute is to help Caltech scientists and engineers transform their breakthroughs into advances in human health ( It will enhance resources for every step in translational science, from basic discovery through clinical collaboration and the introduction of new treatments.

Interested candidates should apply at Applications should include a curriculum vita, publication list, a description of proposed research, a teaching statement, and a vision statement regarding leading the Merkin Institute. Applicants should also submit a diversity and inclusion statement that discusses past and/or anticipated contributions to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach. Instructions will be provided for submission of letters of reference when you apply online. Applications should be received by March 1, 2022.

Caltech has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective October 15, 2021, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees (with Institute-approved exemptions for religious or medical contraindications only). At present, an individual is deemed “fully vaccinated” when that person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). Upon eligibility, employees are required to receive the COVID-19 booster as part of the vaccine mandate. As a condition of employment, employees must submit official COVID-19 vaccine documentation.  More information may be found at

Caltech is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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