Chair, Department of Neurobiology
UAB School of Medicine
The School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair, Department of Neurobiology. The department is entering into its 20th year as a successful and well-funded joint health science department at UAB. The new chair will have the opportunity to build on an already solid foundation of research and training, continuing to grow the department and playing a key leadership role in the large and collaborative neuroscience community at UAB.
The successful candidate will be a neuroscientist currently holding a senior faculty position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, with an outstanding national and international reputation, a well funded research program and a record of transformative, collaborative, and visionary leadership. The candidate should be highly regarded as a research leader in the field, with a demonstrated commitment to training and mentoring, and passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion programs. A robust resource package to support the position will be developed in accordance with the needs of the research programs planned.
With more than 1,200 full time faculty and almost 1,200 medical and graduate students, the UAB School of Medicine has grown into a world class, research intensive school consistently ranked in the top 30 of NIH ranked Schools of Medicine. The School of Medicine includes 26 academic departments, some rank in the top 10 nationally among academic departments in funding from the NIH. Its historical success in its teaching mission is reflected in the fact that 80% of physicians in Alabama owe their training to the School of Medicine.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham UAB is a comprehensive metropolitan university, established in 1969 with the intention of building a major biomedical research institution. In its short history, the University has steadily and dramatically expanded its facilities, resources, and faculty to become an internationally recognized research entity. It is the largest employer in the state of Alabama with operating revenues of $3 billion. UAB’s economic impact on the Alabama economy exceeds $5 billion annually. UAB supports 61,025 jobs and generates $302.2 million in tax revenue to state and local governments. Further, $1 in every $25 in the state's budget is generated by UAB, and every $1 invested by the state in UAB generates $16.23 in the total state economy. The university is situated on 83 square blocks on the ‘south side’ of Birmingham’s central business district and encompasses over 10 million square feet of assignable space. According to the Princeton Review, UAB has one the most diverse student populations. About 21% of UAB students are African-American, 3% Hispanic, and 4% multiracial. UAB is home to 19,535students, with record enrollment in 2016, 2,468 faculty and 12 colleges and schools.
UAB is a Carnegie R1 (Highest Research Activity) Doctoral University with current research funding of over $440 million per year. U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 Best Hospitals report ranks UAB Hospital number 1 in Alabama, and nine UAB specialties, including Neurology and Neurosurgery (25), are listed among the nation’s top 50, up from six specialties the previous year.
The University of Alabama (UA) System, which is composed of UAB, the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, was created in 1969. A single Board of Trustees governs the three autonomous campuses. UAB is led by President Ray Watts, former chair of the Department of Neurology and an expert in neurodegenerative disease.
The UAB School of Medicine
UAB School of Medicine is a multi-campus medical school with the main campus in Birmingham and three regional campuses: Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa, as well as a residency program in Selma, Alabama. The School of Medicine has nearly 1,300 faculty who attract more than $200 million in NIH funding through 26 academic departments, some of which rank in the top 10 nationally. UAB School of Medicine ranks 25th nationally in NIH research funding and in the top 10 for all public institutions.
The faculty is world renowned in research, education and clinical care. Many of the faculty lead professional organizations, edit national and international journals, and publish groundbreaking research. As an academic health system, UAB is a major center for clinical and translational research.
In 2013, Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S., was appointed Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. A member of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine, Vickers is a world-renowned surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher, pioneer in health disparities research, and a native of Alabama. Previously, he served as the Jay Phillips Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
The Department of Neurobiology
The Department of Neurobiology The UAB Department of Neurobiology is one of seven Joint Health Sciences departments in the schools of Medicine and Dentistry and is also, through the collaborative undergraduate neuroscience major, an interdisciplinary department of the College of Arts and Sciences. The department is entering into its 20th year as a successful and well-funded joint health science department at UAB. Neurobiology faculty have received numerous national and international awards recognizing excellence in research and training. Neurobiology is making a national and international impact in fundamental neuroscience research. Currently, Neurobiology is home to 15 primary faculty and over 45 secondary faculty.
The Department of Neurobiology is housed in custom-designed laboratories and offices in the Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building and nearby Civitan International Research Center. These locations provide unique opportunities for collaborative research with other molecular biologists and physiologists as well as a strong group of clinical investigators. A significant and growing number of faculty members have their laboratories housed in the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, one of only four such institutes in the country. The Institute is housed in the 9th, 10th, and 11th floors of the Shelby Interdisciplinary Research Building.
Neurobiology research encompasses a wide range of approaches and subject matters. This is reflected in the faculty's individual laboratories. Research in the department utilizes molecular, genetic, electrophysiological, cellular, behavioral, and imaging approaches. Topics studied include the typical structure and function of the nervous system, as well as understanding the mechanisms of and developing interventions for physical injury and diseases of genetic or environmental origin. Specific faculty interests include: addiction, aging, Alzheimer's disease, brain/spinal cord injury, epigenetics, epilepsy, glial biology, intracellular signaling, neurotransmission, non-coding RNAs, normal learning and memory, neurodevelopmental disorders with intellectual disabilities, neuromuscular transmission, Parkinson's disease, and perceptual disorders.
Chair, Department of Neurobiology -- Specific Responsibilities
- Provide strategic oversight and expertise for all aspects of the Department, including the positive representation of the Department within the UAB enterprise;
- Expand and enhance the strength of the research programs within the Department, building on existing strengths and creating new areas of research excellence;
- Provide open communication within the Department so that greater transparency can yield improved opportunities for Departmental success;
- Oversee recruitment, management, professional development, and retention of faculty and staff;
- Develop a strong sense of teamwork, equity, and investment in the mission across all functional areas;
- Establish a team environment of mentoring and support;
- Oversee the success of the undergraduate neuroscience major and work closely with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Psychology in this endeavor;
- Further develop close, cooperative relationships with other departments within the School of Medicine and other University schools and colleges to cultivating a community of mutual respect advanced by meaningful interaction;
- Create collaborative opportunities and bridges across the institution as well as with community professionals;
- Ensure the financial health of the Department.
Academic Med is the executive search firm that has been retained to assist UAB with this important search. Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please email a curriculum vitae and a bullet point summary of the leadership roles you have held, the scope of your responsibilities, and your major accomplishments, to:
Gentry Zacheis, President of Academic Med
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.