The Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
$280,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
May 29, 2022

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Life Sciences, Anatomy
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Academic Dean/Dept. Head
Organization Type

The Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa seeks candidates for the position of Chair and Department Executive Officer, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The Carver College of Medicine is part of a major research university and ranks among the top public medical schools surveyed by U.S. News and World Reports and by the National Institutes of Health for research funding. The College and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are equal partners in UI Health Care, and the hospital is one of the largest university-owned teaching hospitals in the United States. The University of Iowa is in Iowa City, a vibrant community located in the rolling hills of southeastern Iowa. The community offers excellent schools, quality entertainment, literary, musical and cultural opportunities, as well as Big 10 sporting events.

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology has a distinguished research and teaching faculty and a nationally recognized research program, with outstanding faculty who are national and international leaders in their respective research areas. The Department encompasses a diverse set of research programs spanning membrane trafficking, cell migration, cancer pathogenesis, synaptic transmission, redox biology, cellular differentiation, signal transduction and stem cell biology utilizing multiple model systems including drosophila, zebrafish, mice, and ferrets. The Department is also the home of the Center for Gene Therapy, focused on treatments for cystic fibrosis, and a National Research and Resource Center, capable of conditional genetics and fate mapping in ferret models.

The Department supports the training of medical students, educators and researchers through its Ph.D. program in Cell and Developmental Biology and by training new educators through its Master's degree program in Clinical Anatomy.

The chair of the department is the leader of all aspects of the Department’s enterprise, serves as the spokesperson for the faculty, and represents the department in interactions with the college, UI Health Care, and the national scientific community. Responsibilities include faculty recruitment and appointments; oversight of all departmental educational and research programs; fiscal planning and management; and short- and long-term strategic planning. In addition, the chair is an important institutional leader, serving on the Enterprise Committee, which provides operational and strategic input to the Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean.

Required qualifications are:

  • Previous records consistent with appointment as a tenured professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. This includes a PhD or MD degree or equivalent and an outstanding record of accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.
  • A demonstrated capacity to foster an environment where excellence in scholarship can flourish.
  • A commitment to fostering racial, ethnic and gender diversity in students, staff and faculty.
  • Experience and interest in developing and leading research and educational programs that foster a diverse workforce.
  • A record of innovative research and the ability to provide effective administrative and fiscal leadership.
  • Record of accomplishment for developing a research infrastructure and extramural funding.
  • Excellent strategic skills, administrative experience and financial acumen.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated interpersonal skills, allowing for transparency, respect, effective problem resolution and ethical decision-making.
  • A strong work ethic with conscientious follow-through on tasks and commitments.
  • The ability to build and strengthen relationships within UI Anatomy and Cell Biology, UI Health Care, and the State of Iowa.

Desirable qualifications include:

  • An interest in fostering interdisciplinary research programs.
  • Expertise in biology at the cellular and molecular level.
  • An open and direct communication style. Collegial presence that encourages consensus building, collaboration and cooperation.
  • Embracing diversity, able to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity across the Department and the institution.
  • A leadership style that assists others before oneself and holds others accountable to agreed upon objectives.
  • A strong advocate for the Department, who negotiates well across all levels of the organization to support the Department's objectives.



The search committee will accept nominations and applications until the position is filled. Nominations should include a brief statement of the attributes and qualities of the individual that make them suited for this position, a curriculum vitae or biosketch, and a brief statement outlining the attributes and qualities of the individual that make them suited for this position.

To apply for this position, visit our website at

(Requisition #74342)


Contact: Sonya Housholder, Search Committee Coordinator

Office of Research, L191 MERF

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Iowa City, IA 52242-1101


For further information or inquiries: Co-Chairs, Anatomy and Cell Biology Chair/DEO Search Committee


Robert Piper, Ph.D.                                                                   Nitin Karandikar, MD, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Professor,                              Professor and Chair,

Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics                   Department of Pathology                                                   

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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