The Department of Biomedical Sciences seeks a highly collaborative, inclusive leader to fill the position of Department Head. The Department of Biomedical Sciences was created in 2012 via the merger of three existing basic science departments (Anatomy/Pathology/Microbiology & Immunology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Physiology & Pharmacology). There are 27 faculty in Biomedical Sciences divided equally among the tenure-track/tenured research focused faculty, and the academic track (non-tenured) education or research focused faculty. The Head of Biomedical Sciences is expected to play a significant role in overseeing and developing a vigorous BMS department consistent with the mission of the Duluth Campus as part of the University of Minnesota Medical School, described below.
Today the BMS department has over $2,000,000 in total annual grant funding (NIH, DOD, Foundations) with strong programs in neuroscience and cancer biology in addition to other areas such as Lyme disease and transcriptional stress (https://biomedical.umn.edu/). Several faculty members hold endowed professorships or prestigious awards from NIH such as the R35 Outstanding Investigator grant. The department also has active R01 and R15 grants. Training grants for scientific pipeline development reside within the department. The department plays a key role in community engagement with programs in Brain Awareness and Elementary Science education provided for schools across Northern Minnesota. A fully staffed animal facility is located on campus and access to all University equipment and cores are available as needed including research core facilities on the UMN campus in the Twin Cities. Pre and Post award support is also available in addition to a local sponsored program administration. The Duluth-based Associate Dean for Research supports the department with a team that provides facility support and equipment management in partnership with the department head. The Biomedical Sciences head will receive a recruitment package to provide support for his or her own research needs in addition to helping the department grow its research and education programs through faculty recruitments. Areas of interest include our existing strengths in neuroscience and cancer, as well as areas that would complement the existing research.
The head will have a significant impact on the faculty, curriculum, research direction and collaborations in fulfilling the missions of the Campus and Medical School. The opportunities and expectations for this position include:
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA MEDICAL SCHOOL, DULUTH CAMPUS
The mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, is to be a national leader in improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
We do this by:
The University of Minnesota Medical School operates as a 1 school, 2 campus model. The Duluth Medical School campus dates back to 1972 when the first class of 24 students was enrolled. The first two years of basic medical and clinical sciences are offered to 130 students, with an emphasis on rural family medicine and its interrelationships with other medical specialties. Students have a variety of options for completing their clinical education in the final two years including training sites in Minneapolis, Duluth and greater Minnesota. Their Doctor of Medicine degrees are awarded by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Today, Duluth is identified as a campus of the University of Minnesota Medical School, yet retains a separate mission and admissions profile from the Twin Cities Campus. True to the campus mission, 85% of students in Duluth come from rural Minnesota with expectations that they will return to practice medicine in rural communities throughout the state.
The Duluth faculty include more than 47 Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors who are full members of the University of Minnesota Medical School representing two departments: Biomedical Sciences and Family Medicine & Biobehavioral Health. Faculty participate in several University-wide graduate programs, including Integrated Biosciences, Social & Administrative Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Biophysics. Nearly 300 Minnesota physicians and scientists augment core staff as part-time community faculty or preceptors. The school is also home to the Center for American Indian and Minority Health.
In 2016, the Medical School was awarded four Medical Discovery Teams funded by the Minnesota state legislature. The Duluth-based Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team focuses on health equity in Native American and rural communities by exploring the interplay of diabetes and dementia using a syndemic approach. The other 3 Medical Discovery Teams are located in the Twin Cities with collaborations across campuses. These teams focus on the Biology of Aging, Addiction Science and Brain Imaging and offer opportunities for collaboration with Duluth investigators. Each is led by a pre-eminent scientist in the field who was recently recruited to the University of Minnesota to contribute to our research mission. The Medical Discovery Teams are examples of how the two campuses of the University of Minnesota Medical School are jointly developing our research strengths.
Faculty on the Duluth campus also have access to all the research centers and resources for clinical translation, biotechnology, and Intellectual property development that are in place on the Twin Cities campus. These include the Clinical Translational Science Institute (www.ctsi.umn.edu), the Masonic Cancer Center (www.cancer.umn.edu) the Stem Cell Institute (www.stemcell.umn.edu), the Center for Immunology (https://www.immunology.umn.edu/), the Office for Technology Commercialization (https:/research.umn.edu), and state-of-the-art UMN core facilities in genomics, proteomics, mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and imaging, among others.
Candidates for this position should provide a Curriculum Vitae, a one-page statement of research goals, and a cover letter that describes why the applicant is interested in the position of Department Head and what past leadership and/or administrative positions the applicant has held.