North Carolina State University invites applications for the position of Department Head of the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences (MBS) in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to provide visionary leadership for a world-class biomedical department at one of the nation’s leading colleges of veterinary medicine.
The CVM has achieved national recognition in research, teaching and clinical excellence, and the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences plays critical roles in all of these areas. The MBS department (https://cvm.ncsu.edu/research/departments/mbs) bridges basic and clinical research and is home to 45 multi-disciplinary faculty, as well as staff, post-docs, graduate students and house officers. Disciplines represented in MBS include basic science fields (cell biology, physiology, gross anatomy, developmental and reproductive biology, environmental science and toxicology, genomics, neurobiology, and regenerative medicine), clinical specialties (anesthesiology, pharmacology, nutrition, and diagnostic imaging), and pedagogy. The MBS department trains both veterinary medical students and graduate students interested in research-based careers.
The MBS department’s research mission focuses on the discovery of new knowledge relevant to animal and human disease and applying these findings to enhancing health and well-being. The MBS Department Head must be an innovative, creative, visionary and collaborative leader with the ability and experience required to guide the members of this multi-disciplinary department in achieving this mission.
Specific responsibilities of the Department Head are to:
- Provide academic and scientific leadership in defining and achieving MBS goals.
- Grow the MBS research enterprise.
- Support and encourage excellence in veterinary medical and graduate student teaching.
- Ensure that the department fully supports its clinical programs and responsibilities, currently in anesthesia, radiology and imaging, and nutrition.
- Manage MBS fiscal planning and administration and evaluations of faculty and staff.
- Maintain a culture of collaboration and collegiality and promote excellence within MBS.
- Maintain a strong mentorship program for professional development of MBS members.
- Serve as the primary departmental advocate in enhancing the visibility and prestige of MBS sections and disciplines, and in growing interdisciplinary cross-institutional programs.
- Provide leadership and support for the integration of MBS faculty and students within the greater NC State University community and the nearby universities and medical schools, including the University of North Carolina and Duke University.
- Enhance a diverse and inclusive community of students, staff and faculty.
Key Skills and Characteristics
1. Strong communication skills.
2. Demonstrated leadership and administrative experience.
3. Experience gaining federal funding and running an extramurally funded research program.
4. A record of collegial and productive interactions with faculty, staff and students.
5. Interest and enthusiasm for mentorship, particularly with regard to guiding junior faculty toward
successful careers in research, teaching and clinical excellence.
6. Comfort and experience working with and supporting highly interdisciplinary and collaborative faculty
with an emphasis on biomedical and translational research.
7. Experience and enthusiasm for innovative pedagogy and teaching excellence.
8. Strong desire to establish collaborative relationships both within the university and with the private and
9. Understanding and enthusiasm for the integral role of the clinical teaching hospital environment in the
College of Veterinary Medicine.
10. Ability to work with departmental members to develop departmental vision and for planning and
implementation of strategic initiatives.
The MBS Department Head must possess the leadership skills and vision to advance the impact and reputation of the MBS department nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of achievement in the areas of research and teaching and demonstrable administrative skills and experience.
Please include a cover letter describing your leadership and administrative experiences, example(s) of collaborative initiatives in research & program development and how you have contributed to, or plan to contribute to, diversity and inclusion in support of the CVM’s commitment to enhancing an inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff.
Letters of reference may be requested upon submission of completed application. Review of applications will begin on March 19, 2018. A doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DVM) or equivalent is required.
About NC State University
Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University (NC State) is an institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, and public service. It is the largest university in the state, with more than 33,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. As a land grant university, NC State is one of two research-extensive institutions in the 16 campus University of North Carolina system. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of only 31 universities nationwide with both "very high" research activity and notable community engagement. NC State consistently ranks among the nation’s top public universities and best higher-education values.
For more information, please visit the University homepage at www.ncsu.edu
About the College of Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and is currently ranked 3rd among the nation’s colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. News and World Report survey. With the graduation of its first class in 1985, the College is one of the younger veterinary programs in the country. Despite its relative youth, it has gained international recognition on the strength of its teaching, research, engagement, and patient care efforts.
Located on 180 acres near downtown Raleigh, the College of Veterinary Medicine encompasses 20 buildings on the main Centennial Biomedical Campus. Instruction is in three departments: Clinical Sciences, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health & Pathobiology. In addition to the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, the college is the home of the NCSU Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate training program, an umbrella program that provides interdisciplinary training for doctoral students across the entire NCSU campus.
With 162 faculty members, the College provides instruction and guidance to over 400 DVM students, 75 graduate students, and 100 interns and residents. More than 30,000 patients are diagnosed and treated annually by clinicians in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a major referral center for veterinarians throughout the Southeast. The College’s research enterprise is housed in 3 modern buildings on the CVM campus including the new Biomedical Partnership Center (BPC), a 40,000-square foot building that opened in 2017. The BPC houses CVM faculty in research laboratories shared with faculty from the College of Engineering, including the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, as well as industry partners working in related biomedical research fields.
Since its inception, the College has been and remains a leader in One Health, with a strong role in translational and comparative research. The College has excellent collaborative relationships with the nearby Duke University and University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine and has maintained 30 years of shared federal funding for research emphasis areas including gastrointestinal and ocular biology and disease, immunology, infectious disease, cancer and stem cell biology. Through these efforts the College prepares the next generation of biomedical researchers and veterinarians, conducts bench and clinical research to solve human and animal health problems, addresses critical ecosystem and public health issues and promotes a clearer understanding and appreciation of the ramifications related to the growing human-animal bond that is at the center of these concerns.
For more information, please visit the College homepage at www.cvm.ncsu.edu/
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With Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for innovative basic and applied research. The Triangle is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, with abundant affordable housing, good schools and a wealth of recreation and entertainment options.