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Chair of Physiology Milwaukee, WI

Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) invites applications and nominations for the role of Chair of the Department of Physiology. This is an exciting opportunity for a distinguished scientist to lead an internationally renowned Physiology Department with a long legacy of innovation and excellence in research. The next Chair will have an opportunity to build upon the Department’s strong foundation and craft a vision that will continue to foster discovery and excellence in basic science, translational research, and education. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair will provide broad leadership to strengthen and grow the Department’s research initiatives, programs, and resources.

One of six basic science departments at MCW, the Department of Physiology is home to 21 faculty, 71 staff, 27 graduate students, and 11 postdoctoral fellows. The Department offers a Ph.D. program in Physiology and a Master’s in Medical Physiology in addition to M1 and M2 teaching, postdoctoral education and training, and summer training programs for medical students and undergraduate students. Beyond the scientific and scholarly excellence of the Department, the culture of scientific collaboration, openness, and sharing has endured throughout the years. Current faculty members have published significant work that has contributed to conceptual and technological breakthroughs in several research areas. The faculty are recognized nationally as drivers and leaders. This is a unique opportunity to lead an incredibly accomplished and dedicated faculty whose research interests are broadly based and include a strong focus in cardiovascular physiology, renal physiology, respiratory physiology, physiological genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. As of December 2017, the Department held 56 extramural grants totaling nearly $7 million annually, including 34 NIH grants totaling nearly $5.8 million per year.

The successful Chair must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. as well as meet the requirements for appointment as a full professor. The Chair will need to possess a strong appreciation and respect for team science and programmatic research, organ systems physiology, animal model research, translational research, modern molecular genomics, cellular physiology, and big data analytics. In particular, the Chair will be expected to guide the Department to its next level of impact and achievement; strengthen and support the teaching mission of graduate and medical education at MCW; recruit, mentor, and retain an increasingly distinguished and diverse faculty; and further capitalize upon existing relationships as well as build new collaborations across MCW. This individual will serve as the external representative and advocate for the department and provide thought leadership in the field of physiology nationally and internationally.

Applications should include a letter of interest, CV or résumé, and a separate list of references. Electronic correspondence is strongly encouraged.

Denise Gaffney is leading this search with Jamie Sands and Elizabeth Dorr.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, MCW recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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