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University of Kentucky College of Medicine - Chair of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences

Lexington, KY

Job Description

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (UKCOM) seeks an outstanding metabolic diseases/obesity/diabetes/nutrition focused scientific leader to serve as its next Chair for the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences. This is a rare opportunity for a new Chair to build upon an already stellar department and help lead a college-wide effort to impact the diabetes and obesity challenges facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.

The Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences is a unique department with a highly productive, multidisciplinary faculty. Last year, the Department garnered over $9.1 million in NIH funding, and has been on a dramatic upward trajectory. The Department has a T32 training grant focused on Multidisciplinary Approaches for Metabolic Disease and runs two graduate programs; one in pharmacology and one in nutritional science. Faculty also teach other graduate, professional, medical, dental, and undergraduate students.

The University of Kentucky (UK) is home to the NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center, CTSA-supported Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center, and National Institute of Aging supported Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. UK’s Resource Center for Stable Isotope-Resolved Metabolomics is one of only six NIH Common Fund-supported Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Centers in the U.S. The College takes pride in interdisciplinary programs in neurosciences, cancer, toxicology, and cardiovascular disease and is committed to maintaining ongoing interactions and fostering new collaborations across clinical and basic science departments. UKCOM is also committed to providing the Chair with access to resources and space appropriate to the goals for the future of the Department.

Founded in 1960, the UKCOM produces highly qualified, caring physicians and the next generation of biomedical scientists to serve the people of Kentucky and the nation. UKCOM is one of six health-related colleges at the University (Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health) and is located on UK’s main campus in Lexington, KY. University of Kentucky is a leading land-grant and public research university located in the beautiful Bluegrass region of central Kentucky. Counted among the highest level of Carnegie Research institutions, the University is in the midst of aggressive efforts to become one of the nation’s premier public research universities with expectations that the College of Medicine will grow significantly in research stature and NIH ranking.

Reporting to the Dean of UKCOM, Robert S. DiPaola, M.D., the Chair serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the department. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D., or equivalent degree, a substantial track record of sustained scientific accomplishment, extramural funding preferably relevant to the broad focus of metabolic diseases/obesity/diabetes/nutrition, administrative aptitude, and a demonstrated commitment to academic and educational leadership. Candidates should have experience sufficient to be a tenured full Professor.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest and candidate materials should be submitted via email to the University of Kentucky’s search consultants, Jeff Schroetlin, and Dr. Joyce DeLeo at; phone 630-575-6972.

The University of Kentucky is committed to a policy of providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, uniform service, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.


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