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Director, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity

Virginia Commonwealth University, Life Sciences

Job Title: Director, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
Job Location: Richmond , VA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Sciences and technology: other
Deans, directors, registrar
Biology/biotechnology/life sciences
Application Closing Date: 02/01/2018
Date Posted: 2017-12-13
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Director, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Life Sciences invites applications or nominations for the position of Director of the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity (CSBC). VCU Life Sciences promotes transformative learning and integrative scholarship through an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach. Its university-wide matrix structure provides a framework for borderless academics, and promotes collaborative learning opportunities among students, molecular biologists, mathematicians, computational scientists, ecologists, physicians, and artists. The Center for the Study of Biological Complexity (CSBC) engages a broad community of scholars in advancing institutional capabilities in genomics, proteomics and computational systems biology and bioinformatics and offers rich learning and research opportunities, including BS, MS (both thesis and professional) and a PhD track in Bioinformatics.

The Director will guide the CSBC through an expanded realization of its mission by promoting collaborative research across the university in basic and applied science, and by growing the Centerís educational programs. The Director will mentor and support the professional growth of faculty and staff in an inclusive environment for collaboration and student learning. †Through proactive recruiting strategies, the director will identify new faculty to complement the Centerís teaching and research activities. The new director will have a tenured faculty appointment in Life Sciences and will bring an active research program with a history of multidisciplinary applications and external funding. The successful candidate must have demonstrated experience leading and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment.

Virginia Commonwealth University is a public research university that has been designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as very high in research activity and as community-engaged. VCU is committed to creating a campus community that embraces diverse perspectives, cultures, experiences and people. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. VCU serves an integral role in the economic health of the city of Richmond and the region by educating the current and future workforce, advancing research, and enhancing patient care.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in a related discipline from an accredited university.
  • Tenured faculty member at a research active institution.
  • A well-developed scholarly/research portfolio, with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding, appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the Center.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment
Preferred Qualifications:

  • A commitment to promote undergraduate and graduate education at a diverse, urban, public research university.
  • Current federal research funding
  • Demonstrated experience in budget management
  • Demonstrated leadership experience

Information and Application Process Instructions

Application Process

Interested candidates must apply online at include a cover letter that includes a brief description of research interests, future research directions, and a vision for the Center, a CV, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately. This position offers a competitive salary, start-up, and relocation package. For additional information, please contact Dr. Gregory Triplett (

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

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