Department Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Department Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Greenville, NC 27858
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Position Description
Department Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Brody School of Medicine at ECU
Organizational Overview
The Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) at East Carolina University, the fourth oldest medical school in North Carolina, was chartered “to increase the supply of primary care physicians to serve the state, to enhance the access of minority and disadvantaged students in obtaining a medical education, and to improve the health status of citizens in eastern North Carolina.” By embracing the role cutting-edge research and technology has in improving the health status of people living in eastern North Carolina, school leadership is working to establish BSOM as a nationally-recognized research institute.

Under the leadership of Dean Mark Stacy, the BSOM grants both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees plus Master’s degrees in Public Health and Biomedical Sciences. With a student body of ~ 470 students and 450 faculty members and research scientists, BSOM currently receives ~ $20 million in external grants and contracts; among institutions in the University of North Carolina System, BSOM ranks third in Health and Human Services funding. In support of a school goal to grow its sponsored awards and establish nationally recognized research programs, BSOM is making significant investments in research infrastructure and is recruiting a number of highly-motivated, talented faculty.

BSOM is seeking an enthusiastic and accomplished Department Chair to lead the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The department currently has 8 full-time faculty, two office staff, plus graduate students, technical staff, and post-doctoral fellows.

In addition to instructing medical and graduate students in the Brody School of Medicine, faculty in the department are actively engaged in basic science and translational research with research focus areas that include gene expression and epigenetics, germ cell biology, cancer and tumorigenesis, metabolic dysfunction, post-translational regulation of protein function, and protein structure function determination. Current faculty successfully compete for foundational and federal funding. In addition to formally training Ph.D. and Masters’ students, faculty also provide research experiences for various medical, undergraduate, and high school students.
Specific Duties and Key Responsivities
  • Working with the Dean of the School of Medicine and the faculty, the Chair will be responsible for establishing a long-term vision to develop a nationally recognized, state-of-the-art research program while maintaining the high quality of student training by the department.
  • Implementing a long-term vision and expand on the current strengths of the department, the Chair will have the opportunity to recruit several new faculty. S/he will be an influential leader who provides effective mentoring to faculty and students while also actively contributing to the education and research missions of the department.
    Organize and lead faculty recruiting efforts;
  • Providing overall leadership to research programs, including new and established research directions; lead efforts to accomplish BSOM and ECU research goals;
  • Assigning appropriate research space within the department based on objective measures of need and productivity;
  • Promoting effective professional relationships within the department, school, and university;
  • Ensuring department compliance with BSOM and university policies; manage the overall operations of the department and office staff;
  • Conducting objective, impartial annual written evaluations for all department personnel and make salary recommendations to the BSOM Dean;
  • Ensuring all faculty (i.e., fixed-term, tenure-track and tenured) receive professional and career development counseling and support to optimize their potential for success;
  • Monitoring and supervising the use of intramural and extramural funds, including indirect recovery funds and the Faculty Compensation Plan, in a manner that maximizes the quantity and quality of research in the department;
  • Developing an annual department budget and responsibly manage funds assigned to the department;
  • Convening departmental faculty meetings at least quarterly and maintain an informed faculty;
  • Working with department course directors to monitor and equitably schedule teaching and service activities of the department;
  • Holding faculty accountable for adherence to University policies and the provisions of the Faculty Manual and the Brody School of Medicine Unit (Governance) Code.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctorate degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DVM) in a relevant basic/translational science field;
  • meet the school qualifications for tenure;
Preferred Qualifications
  • An established, federally-funded research program and documented evidence of excellence and commitment to research, teaching, administration, and service

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