Chair, Department of Microbiology

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama (US)
Commensurate with qualifications
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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Life Sciences, Microbiology
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Chair, Department of Microbiology

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, in partnership with Korn Ferry, invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Chair, Department of Microbiology.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine (UAB Heersink SOM) has undergone staggering transformation in recent years, strengthening its status and reputation as a leader in medical training, biomedical discovery and innovation, and patient care. As part of an elite group of eight academic medical centers that have attained more than $100 million in net NIH funding growth over the past five years, the Heersink School of Medicine’s NIH ranking has catapulted from No. 31 in 2014 to No. 21 among all schools and the top 10 for public medical schools. In addition, 12 departments are ranked among the top 20, including the Department of Microbiology which ranks No. 9.

UAB recently received the single largest philanthropic commitment in university history with a gift of $95 million. The gift will further enable opportunities for transformative impact in scientific discovery, training, and clinical care at UAB. Additionally, this gift will support the school’s strategic growth and help recruit and retain the brightest scientists and physicians in priority areas through endowed chairs and professorships.

Integral to the success of the strategic transformation of UAB, will be the appointment of an innovative and highly collaborative academic leader to serve as their next Chair of the Department of Microbiology.

The Chair reports to and works closely with the Dean of the Heersink School of Medicine & CEO of the UAB Health System and UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance, the Executive Vice Dean of the Heersink School of Medicine and the Senior Vice Dean for Research for the Heersink School of Medicine to guide the growth and development of the Department’s highly respected education and research enterprises, taking full advantage of UAB’s extraordinary faculty and resources. They will be responsible for directing the interdisciplinary programs that lead to the development and retention of top-tier researchers and will nurture a collaborative training environment with strong mentorship that fosters intellectual creativity and instils passion in the next generation of scientists to perform fundamental basic and translational research. Further, The Chair will be tasked with fostering an environment of collaboration, integrity, trust, and transparency within the Department, as well as between the Department and UAB at large.

The search committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that highlight the applicant’s personal vision and relevant leadership experience. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically in confidence, to

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.


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