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Head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, School of Medicine St. Louis, MO

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM) seeks an impactful scientist-leader with outstanding personal research accomplishments and demonstrated leadership and administrative ability to serve as the next head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (BMB). This recruitment represents the latest in a series of key investments in the growth of the preclinical sciences at WUSM, and the incoming head will join established and new department heads at this top ranked school of medicine with exciting research and a commitment to the highest quality of education. Building upon a legacy of excellence in a globally regarded department, the head will have the opportunity to lead the continued growth and development of the department, maintaining its strengths while building toward further successes.

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has 2,379 faculty and 8,143 staff. In fiscal year 2020, gifts, grants, and contracts will total approximately $700 million supporting faculty research efforts. The School is comprised of 20 departments, several programs, institutes, and centers, and is home to over 2,100 professional and graduate students. Attracting an exceptional group of residents and fellows as trainees, WUSM ranks first in the nation in the entering scores of its medical school classes and was recently ranked number eight in comprehensive medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. Eighteen Nobel laureates have been associated with the School of Medicine, 11 of its present faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and 20 faculty members belong to the National Academy of Medicine. WUSM has extraordinary distinction in the life sciences and biological sciences, was recently ranked third in the nation in NIH funding, and leads research globally in a wide range of research areas.

The head will join a historically significant department with major discoveries stemming from notable faculty. The successful candidate will articulate a vision to nurture and enhance the department’s research program to the highest levels of impact; support the department’s teaching mission and educational activities; grow effective partnerships with other centers of strength present at the University; recruit, mentor, and retain an increasingly distinguished and diverse faculty; and serve as an effective financial steward to continue the department’s growth and success.

Ariannah Mirick is leading this search with Joanna Cook.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information.

It is the policy of the University to: (1) provide equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees; (2) administer recruiting, hiring, compensation and benefit practices, training, upgrading and promotion procedures, transfers and terminations of employment without discrimination because of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, disability or genetic information; (3) provide a workplace free from harassment based on any of the foregoing factors; and (4) encourage the hiring of minorities, women, disabled individuals, Vietnam era veterans and disabled veterans. 


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