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Vice Dean for Research

Application Window

Open date: February 21st, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Apr 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Davis School of Medicine is recruiting for a Vice Dean for Research at the Full Professor level in the Regular, Regular/In Residence, In Residence, or Clinical X series, with faculty responsibilities in clinical, research, and/or teaching duties in an appropriate academic department.

The Vice Dean for Research reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine (SOM) and serves the School of Medicine on the Sacramento and Davis campuses. The Vice Dean will enable the success of basic, translational, clinical and social/behavioral/population researchers by providing leadership, vision, and mentoring as well as playing a facilitative role through positive relationships with campus-wide administration. The Vice Dean should have a vision for the future of research in academic health systems that includes innovation and collaboration that benefits patient care, promotes scientific advancements and will expand and diversify the research portfolio for the School of Medicine. The Vice Dean will have a pivotal role in the planning and execution of the SOM role in Aggie Square ( The Vice Dean may also represent the SOM in research matters to other schools, other campuses, federal, state, and private agencies, the local community, and the media. The Vice Dean will serve as a key member of the Dean’s leadership team.

Position Description:
Key responsibility areas of the Vice Dean for Research include:

  • Develop a research strategic plan focused on increasing key research metrics for the SOM with a focus on innovation, development of pipeline programs for new investors and deepening and broadening the research portfolio for the SOM.
  • Focus on strengthening and promoting the research infrastructure for inter-departmental and cross campus collaborations with other schools at UC Davis, as well as those within the 5 other UC SOM: UCLA, UCSF, UCSD, UCI, and Riverside.
  • Act as Dean’s main delegate to the SOM research community in all matters related to basic, clinical and social/behavioral/population research. The Vice Dean for Research is expected to understand the needs and advocate effectively for research.
  • Work to enhance the sense of community among our researchers, with a focus on communication with our internal audience.
  • Work to expand the national prominence of UCD in the larger research community.
  • Work actively with department, center, and other unit leaders to build systems and implement strategies to ensure the success of the SOM’s research program, which is demonstrated by the level and progress in extramural funding from federal and other sources as well as reflected by the SOM’s national ranking. Meet monthly with the SOM and School of Nursing (SON) research administration, chairs and center directors.
  • Partner with other Campus and SOM leaders to optimize use of SOM resources in research strategy and priorities, policy and procedures, resource needs assessments for research programs and recruitments, space planning and utilization, and strategic investments.
  • Maintain oversight of SOM activities in contract and grant conduct, technology transfer, research subject conduct (human, animal, stem cell, and biosafety), integrity in research, research conflict of interest, research space, and research resource development.
  • Maintain oversight of SOM programs and initiatives that promote/support research activities including the SOM research training programs for faculty, graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral scholars.
  • Assist department/center leadership in resolving major research compliance issues.
  • Promote innovations in research by improving cross-divisional, cross-departmental, cross-discipline, and cross-professional research collaborations, including those between our basic science, translational, clinical and social/behavioral/population researchers.
  • Lead and coordinate SOM efforts to nominate faculty members for major scientific awards and membership in honorific societies.

As an Academic Senate faculty member responsibilities include: clinical service in the area of specialty, as applicable; teaching to medical students, residents, and fellows; conducting and producing scholarly work, clinical/translational research; a record of peer-reviewed publications; success in obtaining extramural funding, as applicable; and University service. All responsibilities will be further determined based on faculty series.

Qualifications and Application Requirements:
This position requires an MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent terminal degree. For MD applicants’ additional requirements include, board-certification and fellowship training as applicable to specialty and if subspecialty trained and possess or be eligible for a California Medical License.

The ideal candidate will have a national reputation of successful research and research leadership – for example through leading an interdisciplinary research program, division or department – knowledge of national research trends, and a significant record of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

The ideal candidate will have a strong history of written and verbal communication with a track record of working in a matrix organization.

The individual will have strong interpersonal skills, the capacity to work collaboratively and effectively with others, experience managing space and financial resources, and an ability to inspire colleagues and staff to achieve excellent results.

Qualified applicants must also possess academic credentials that qualify for appointment as Full Professor in the Ladder Rank (Regular), In-Residence, or Clinical Investigator (Clinical_X) series at the University of California.

UCDSOM actively seeks candidates whose experience and interests are aligned with our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and excellence. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including women and members of groups traditionally underrepresented in executive leadership roles.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by March 31, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through April 30, 2020.

Qualified applicants must apply online at by uploading the following materials:

About UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis School of Medicine (SOM) is a nation-leading academic and medical training institution. Nearly 1,000 studies are currently underway in basic-science, translational and clinical research areas funded by federal and state governments, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, private foundations and philanthropy.

A few highlights include:
• The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) is one of the inaugural 12 sites funded in the United States and has been continuously funded since 2006.
• UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of fifty one cancer centers nationally designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute out of the nation's 1,400-plus cancer centers.
• The UC Davis MIND Institute includes one of 15 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers funded through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
• The UC Davis California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is one of seven such centers supported by the National Institutes of Health.
• The UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures is home to the Stem Cell Program and Gene Therapy Center. UC Davis currently has 41 active clinical trials using cell and/or gene therapy. The institute also houses the UC Davis Alpha Stem Cell Clinic, which is part of a top-tier California consortium to accelerate FDA-approved cell and gene therapies for humans.
• UC Davis researchers have unveiled human images from EXPLORER, the world’s first total-body medical scanner.
• UC Davis SOM continues to improve health for all through the assistance of units such as the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, Institute for Population Health Improvement and Center for Health and Technology.
• U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among the nation's best for primary care and research, including in the top 10 for primary care training.
• Faculty, alumni and community mentors prepare tomorrow's primary care physicians to help the underserved through special programs and tailored educational tracks such as Rural-PRIME, SJV-PRIME/REACH, TEACH-MS, Prep Médico and ACE-PC. (ACE-PC and Prep Medico are partnerships with The Permanente Medical Group.)
• Ten UC Davis SOM Departments rank in top 20 for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in NIH FY2018 (FY2019 BlueRidge ranking to be released in February of 2020.)
• UC Davis will invest $4 million over three years to launch four new research centers which include two affiliated with UC Davis Health - the UC Davis Gene Therapy Center and the Perinatal Origins of Disparity (POD) Center.
• Four UC Davis scientists and clinicians have received grants totaling $8.8 million from the California Department of Public Health to study the role of racial disparities, diabetes, diet and infection in Alzheimer’s disease as part of a $21 million package of 11 Alzheimer’s research grants statewide.
• A team of UC Davis Health scientists has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Keck Foundation to develop a tool for visualizing proteins that so far have been hard to study due to size. The principal investigator is Johannes Hell, professor in the Department of Pharmacology at UC Davis Health.

The School of Medicine Office of Research (SOMOR) manages research awards and proposals, oversees laboratory safety and research space, provides researchers with guidance and support for grant submissions and entrepreneurial initiatives and facilitates industry alliances.

Examples of recent office activities and initiatives are below:
• Supported growth of institutional training grants
• Moved responsibility for industry-sponsored clinical research contracts from the UC Davis Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to the UC Davis Health System
• Initiated development of robust metrics to assess efficiency
• Represented the School of Medicine on campus-wide standing committees such as ACCD, Research Coordinating Committee, and Limited Submissions Committee
• Represented the SOM on ad hoc committees such as the Mouse Biology Program Review and the Core Facilities Funding Taskforce
• Established monthly meetings with the UC Davis Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to engage the office on issues critical to the School of Medicine research enterprise
• Worked with the School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Biological Sciences and Letters and Sciences on interdisciplinary, collaborative research programs
• Regular participation in the meeting of the Council of Chairs to ensure a broad communication and interaction between the Office of Research and all departments within the school
• Provided regular updates on School of Medicine Office of Research activities at the Basic Science Council and the Preclinical Chairs Meeting
• National participation in the AAMC GRAND and GREAT committees, focused on research deans and invited to join the GRAND Steering Committee
• Executed a Master Plan for research space, including space for several basic science department chairs and for a new Director for the Center for Neuroscience
• Participated in several high-level search committees, including department chairs and center directors
• Developed a program for entrepreneurship and industry collaborations

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UC Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

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Job location

Sacramento, CA