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University of Colorado Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Position # 00653915 – Requisition # 19939

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  • The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado System, is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region, and one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the western United States. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and a new Veterans Affairs Hospital.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here .

The CU School of Medicine has distinctive and highly productive research programs fueled by more than $421 million per year in grants, including more than $221 million from National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The School’s total annual clinical and research revenue exceeds $1.5 billion per year. The School has invested significant resources in structural biology/biophysics core and has recently established the Neurotechnology Center that provides cutting-edge core facilities to support neuroscience and works with School of Medicine Departments to grow the neuroscience research enterprise at CU-Anschutz.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics has 14 primary and one affiliate faculty located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The department has an international reputation for research excellence, state-of-the art resources, a highly interactive and collaborative culture, and outstanding training programs.

The Department has an annual budget of $7.8 million, approximately 67 percent of which is derived from competitive extramural grants. Research in the department is built on a foundation of innovation and excellence, with strengths in ion channel biophysics, structure, function, and physiology in neurons and muscle cells, as well as molecular, cellular, and systems neuroscience analyses of neuronal circuits. Department of Physiology and Biophysics faculty participate extensively in medical and graduate student education and postdoctoral training and are members of several graduate programs, including the Neuroscience Graduate Program, Structural Biology and Biochemistry, Computational Biology, Pharmacology, and Integrated Physiology graduate programs.

The Chair reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine and serves on the School of Medicine’s Executive Committee. We are seeking a Chair with a strong record of innovative scientific discovery who will maintain a well-funded research program. They will have leadership skills commensurate with a world-class research-focused department and a commitment to inclusive excellence. The Chair will be responsible for leading growth in the Department’s research portfolio and for promoting collaborative research throughout the School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Chair is expected to maintain and enhance diversity amongst the Department’s faculty, trainees and staff, enhance the Department’s educational programs, and assure transparency in the Department’s administration, management, budgetary planning and implementation.

Position Summary

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Chair for the Department of Physiology and Biophysics to provide strategic and operational leadership. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, and serving on the School of Medicine Executive Committee, the Chair will be responsible for leading a world-class research-focused department and for maintaining an outstanding externally funded research program. The Chair will be responsible for leading additional growth in the Department’s research portfolio and enhancing collaborative research throughout the School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Chair will support academic programs for medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral teaching and training, as well as research activities of the Department.

The Department chair is expected to work collegially and productively with other chairs and center directors at the School and with colleagues and leadership at the Anschutz Medical Campus and in the CU System.

The next Chair of Physiology and Biophysics will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining excellence in the Department’s educational programs, as well as promoting the growth of research programs in collaboration with the School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals. The position requires excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to bring together a diverse group of individuals to advance the common goals of the Department and the institution. The successful candidate will be a strong leader and have a proven track record of administration, education, and research, as well as a keen understanding of the complexities of an academic Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the ability to lead the further growth and development of the Department in all missions.

Major Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the leadership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, define the mission and establish the strategic direction for the Department, ensuring the necessary financial and human resources to achieve the agreed-upon objectives.

  • Maintain an internationally recognized externally funded research program.

  • Support and enhance inter-departmental graduate and post-doctoral training and the school’s undergraduate medical program.

  • Define and lead the Department’s research strategy by expanding and strengthening research. Support principal investigators and other faculty within the Department in efforts to secure NIH and other grant funding to support research priorities. Ensure a deliberate investment into research activities and priorities within the Department.

  • Supervise, prepare, implement, and monitor the Department budget, which encompasses all funding sources and ensures compliance with grant, legislative, and institutional guidelines.

  • Recruit, hire, and retain outstanding faculty from diverse backgrounds. Ensure an atmosphere of support and development for all faculty, with an understanding of the challenges that may face minority faculty.

  • Encourage ethical, professional practice across the Department, leading progress in diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $255,000 to $360,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services .

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Critical Competencies for Success

Leadership: The successful candidate must possess the requisite leadership skills to take a strong department to the next level of academic and operational excellence and create a world-class research-focused department committed to an environment of inclusive excellence. The successful candidate will demonstrate this through:

  • A strong and impassioned vision for building excellence in all aspects of the academic mission;

  • An understanding of and appreciation for the current trends in the field of Physiology and Biophysics and the implications this has for a successful academic department; and

  • The demonstrated ability to administer effectively across the academic missions.

Relationship Building: The successful candidate must be able to build strong relationships with others in an environment where the medical school, other professional schools, and hospitals are partners, and where the Department must collaborate with other departments to ensure mutual achievement. They will demonstrate this through:

  • An ability to bring together the various constituenciesacross thefacilities that the Department serves;

  • Success at developing cohesiveness among individuals and groups across a diverse department; and

  • An orientation of strong collaboration.

Mentorship: The successful candidate will possess a track record of success in mentoring and developing trainees and faculty. They will have accomplished this through:

  • A commitment to and active participation in medical, graduate student, and postdoctoral education;

  • A strong record of faculty and department-wide programmatic development;

  • A record of successful mentorship; and

  • An outstanding ability to identify, recruit and retain the next generation of superior faculty members

Research Program: The successful candidate will possess a successful record in academic research endeavors. This will be demonstrated by:

  • A strong record of NIH and private research funding;

  • Evidence of outstanding peer review publications; and

  • Demonstration of international and national recognition in their scientific field.

Other Personal Characteristics

  • The highest integrity and personal ethics.

  • A commitment to service within the community.

  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Strong organization and process-management skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and a strong track record of research accomplishments and independent funding, meeting the requirements for a faculty appointment at the Professor level.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Part-time

Posting Date Jan 22, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Carolyn Goble


Posting Number 00653915

Req ID: 19939

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.