The University of Michigan Medical School seeks a nationally recognized, highly innovative and visionary leader to further advance the research, education, and philanthropic missions of the Department of Human Genetics. This leader will build on the significant departmental and institutional strengths, including research innovation, service excellence, and superb patient and family-centered care.
The Department of Human Genetics was established in 1956 with James V. Neel, MD, PhD, as the first Chair. He led the Department for 25 years and recruited faculty with a broad range of research interests including viral, bacterial, somatic cell, model organism and Mendelian and population human genetics . Neel received the Lasker Award and the Presidential Medal of Science, and was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. Thomas D. Gelehrter, MD, became chair in 1987 and recruited faculty in molecular genetics, transcriptional regulation, transgenic technology, gene therapy, population genetics, and statistical genetics. He served as Chair for 17 years, and wrote two editions of a classic text on Medical Genetics with faculty members Francis Collins and David Ginsburg. In 2005, Sally Camper assumed the Chair. She recruited 11 young faculty members with research programs in neurogenetics, disease gene discovery, epigenetics, and genome evolution and function.
The department is dedicated to basic scientific research in human genetics and genetic disease, and training of the next generation of scientists and health care providers. Research groups study DNA repair and recombination, genome instability, gene function and regulation, epigenetics, RNA modification and control, and genomic systems. Research in human genetic disease emphasizes the genetics of development, neurogenetics, stem cell biology, medical genetics, and reproductive sciences. Evolutionary and population genetics research includes generating statistical tools, genetic epidemiology, and genetic mapping of complex traits and diseases.
OVERALL STRATEGIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Create and establish a unifying vision for the future of the Department of Human Genetics with other leaders and key stakeholders across the university.
Foster the educational mission of the department and support educational initiatives across the campus.
Advance and strengthen individual, departmental, and institutional research programs.
DESIRED PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Recruit, retain and develop diverse faculty, trainees, and staff to achieve the department vision, ensuring the success of all disciplines within the department and the national prominence of the department.
Promote financial goals through management, research funding, and philanthropy.
Build on the University’s longstanding commitment to build and nurture a community characterized by diversity, equity and inclusion.
Align with the cultural priorities and approaches of the school and university.
Fulfill other responsibilities of leadership
The Chair of the Department of Human Genetics reports to the Dean/ EVPMA and the Executive Vice Dean for Research/Chief Scientific Officer of the Medical School.
Interested candidates should submit a CV and personal statement by December 1, 2017 to:
University of Michigan Medical School
Office of the Dean, Attn: Leslie Simpson
WEBSITES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Department of Human Genetics: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/human-genetics
Michigan Medicine: http://www.med.umich.edu/
Office of Health Equity and Inclusion: https://ohei.med.umich.edu/
The University of Michigan: http://umich.edu/
Biomedical Research Core Facilities: https://research.medicine.umich.edu/office-research/biomedical-research-core-facilities
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
The successful candidate will have a PhD, MD or equivalent clinical doctoral degree and have a nationally recognized scientific, scholarly, and educational record that justifies appointment as a tenured full professor in Human Genetics. He/She must have a strong track record of obtaining external funds to support his / her own research program and managing externally funded grants. This individual must be highly collaborative, motivated and have substantial experience building and unifying interdisciplinary teams. He/She must have a proven track record in developing research programs, a demonstrated commitment to education and mentoring, and administrative and budgetary experience. Also desired is a track record or interest in philanthropy.