Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Director

University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA

The University of California, Irvine invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. The university seeks a visionary leader with skills to manage and guide an internationally recognized and respected center with basic, translational, and clinical research programs.

The Stem Cell Research Center is an interdisciplinary program with faculty from five schools and twenty different departments. Opened in 2010, Sue and Bill Gross Hall: A CIRM Institute, is home of the Center where 23 of 43 center members are located. Gross Hall has more than 88,000 square feet of lab and office space devoted to stem cell research, as well as clinical space devoted to rehabilitation studies, a modern vivarium, and an attractive conference center. Center faculty have obtained more than $170M in grant and foundation funds since the center opened in 2006. The research program includes a CIRM-funded clinical trials program, an NIH-sponsored T32 training grant, and a set of shared equipment and research services programs.

The Director will be expected to develop and implement a compelling vision that inspires the Stem Cell Research Center, forges strategic partnerships, interacts positively with the community, and joins the clinical and academic enterprise in a unifying goal: to make fundamental advances that lead to new treatments for disease and that teaches the next generation of globally pre-eminent physicians and scientists in stem cell biology. The successful applicant will have an established, successful track record in his/her own stem cell research program, and an equally distinguished track record in leadership and philanthropy. Successful candidates will also have a clear, demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and inclusiveness.

To further the directive of translational science across the UC Irvine campus, the Director will serve as Associate Director of the NIH-funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and will report to the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs. As an interdisciplinary program, the Director will also interact with campus leaders in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and other disciplines.

With approximately 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 1,150 regular ranks faculty and 9,700 staff, UC Irvine is one of the youngest and most dynamic campuses in the University of California system. UCI is ranked 9th among the nation's public universities and 39th among all public and private universities. The medical school also ranks in the top 50, and the UC Irvine Medical Center has been ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 13 consecutive years. UCI is also in the top 5 for undergraduate applications received, and 1st among U.S. universities for "greenness" (Sierra Club) and upward mobility (New York Times). As Orange County's only public University, UC Irvine has entered an exciting new era.

The desired appointment date is July, 2017. The review of nominations and applications will commence immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Applicants should submit a current CV or resume and a bullet point summary of their accomplishments in leadership positions. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials. All correspondence will be held in strictest confidence.

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Courtney Wilk & Samantha Weigand.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.