Associate or Full Professor, Chair in Department of Neurosciences University of California at San Diego, Department of Neurosciences United States

Associate or Full Professor - Chair, Department of Neurosciences

  • School of Medicine - VC-HEALTH SCIENCES




Open date: February 21st, 2017
Last review date: May 15th, 2017

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 21st, 2018

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



The Department of Neurosciences ( pursues a tripartite mission of innovative research, education, and service in a highly diverse environment. The Department and the School of Medicine at UC San Diego are committed to academic, scientific, and clinical excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and invites applications for the role of Department Chair.


UC San Diego was established in 1960 as an integral part of the University of California system. From the outset, it emphasized educating the next generation of California scientists and engineers. The School of Medicine was established in 1968. Like its parent university, the school has placed a high standard upon linking basic and clinical discovery with outstanding, advanced methods for delivering compassionate care to patients. At present, UC San Diego can boast national and international accolades for the excellence of its clinical and research missions; its School of Medicine consistently ranks among the Top 10 in research funding. UC San Diego Health ranks in the top tier of academic hospitals and health systems, and has dedicated beautiful, new inpatient and outpatient spaces to neurological diseases.


The development of neuroscience remains a top priority for UC San Diego School of Medicine. The Department of Neurosciences was the first department so named in the United States and was uniquely charged with developing a faculty and programs that embraced and joined the efforts of basic scientists, translational neuroscientists, clinician-investigators and neurologists. The department has prospered under a series of dynamic, visionary leaders. It has for many years enjoyed a sterling reputation for research and clinical programs and continues to rank No. 1 in NIH funding among neuroscience departments. At present, it lists more than 110 full-time faculty and 28 adjunct faculty whose primary appointments are in other departments or at its sister institutions — The Scripps Research Institute, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Its graduate program is almost invariably judged the first or in the top three of such programs in the country.




The Chair serves as a senior advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine (VC/Dean), and is responsible for the department’s overall vision, administrative management, academic planning, budget and resource allocation, and clinical, research, and academic programs. The incumbent will provide leadership and direction in meeting the department’s clinical, research, education, and professional missions, interacting closely with leaders of UC San Diego Health. The Chair will establish priorities and a strategic vision in an academic setting, formulate approaches to new initiatives and activities, and foster the development of new collaborations across campus and between UC San Diego and all other UC campuses. In collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery, the Chair will take a leading role in establishing the UC San Diego Neuro Institute.


As with similar roles, the Chair is expected to abide by UC San Diego’s Guidelines for Department Chairs Duties, including in the areas of faculty recruitment, diversity, service, and other policies and regulations.


Required Qualifications


• Outstanding academic record with experience as a senior administrator in an academic medical center environment.
• Personal record of distinguished scholarly, research (basic and/or translational), and/or clinical accomplishments in neurosciences or a related field.
• Strong commitment to clinical care, research, teaching, and public service.
• History of fostering career development for early and mid-stage faculty and clinicians.
• Ability to represent credibly, reliably, effectively, and tactfully the VC/Dean to campus and external constituencies.
• Ability to qualify for appointment as an Associate or Full Professor at UC San Diego.
• Medical doctoral degree and certification required to practice medicine in the state of California.
• Certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) or equivalent.
• Demonstrated leadership and experience in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a commitment to advancing these principles within the Department and the School.




This position will have a standard term of five years with annual performance review and goal setting. A formal committee review that includes an external referee occurs every fifth year. Series will include 50% Ladder Rank /50% In-Residence with secured extramural funding.Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.


Application materials must be submitted through the UC San Diego online application system at:


References (contact information or letter of recommendation) will be requested from all finalists.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veterans status.



San Diego, CA





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