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Vice Chancellor for Research

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
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Closing date
Jan 6, 2024

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Health Sciences, Medicine
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Academic Dean/Dept. Head
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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) seeks a collaborative, innovative, and visionary research leader to become their next Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR). This is a unique opportunity to propel impactful research across a state-wide health science center deeply vested in improving the lives of Tennesseans and beyond.

The position is based in Memphis, with responsibilities for advancing research support and a coordinated vision across the UTHSC campuses in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. This position reports directly to UTHSC Chancellor, Peter Buckley, MD, as a vital member of the exciting new leadership team that the Chancellor has begun assembling over the past year.

UTHSC is vital to Tennessee, serving as the only public, statewide, academic health system, and as the state's largest educator of health care professionals. Additionally, UTHSC's clinical faculty and more than 1,400 residents and fellows staff major hospitals in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. With six colleges - Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy - UTHSC has more than 3,100 students who are Tennessee's future health care workforce, and more than 6,000 employees working to improve the health of Tennesseans. Research expenditures have increased substantially over the last five years and totaled more than $100 million in FY23. In addition to some unique strengths at UTHSC (including a RBL facility, genetics consortia research, and potential for studying health disparities locally and regionally), there is also tremendous opportunity to leverage the statewide presence of UTHSC.

The new VCR will provide vision and direction for UTHSC's growing research and discovery programs, advance the institution's standing as an innovation leader, and implement effective strategies to support the research, academic, clinical, and service missions of UTHSC. In addition, the VCR will forge strong relationships and interactions among the five universities in the University of Tennessee System, other leading universities, and with industry, clinical, and governmental partners.

The ideal candidate will be an innovative research leader with experience building collaborative programs across disciplines, with a minimum of eight years of combined experience in basic, clinical, or translational research, and progressive leadership roles in academic or research administration. Demonstrated success as a principal investigator is desired, as is a shared mission to improve the health of underserved communities through impactful research.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. For fullest consideration, all applicants should apply online direct to UTHSC using the following link: UTHSC Vice Chancellor for Research.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in this search inquiries and nominations for the position can be directed to Jeff Schroetlin, Joyce De Leo, PhD, and Lauren Bruce-Stets at:

All applications should be submitted by January 22, 2024.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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