1+ months

Director of Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC)

Lexington, KY 40507
Posting Details

Job Title Director of Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC)
Requisition Number FE03225
Working Title Director of Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC)
Department Name 7H000:COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education
PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent.
Required Related Experience
  • Strong record of extramural funding in neurotrauma research.
  • National recognition as demonstrated through involvement in academic and professional societies at a national level.
  • Demonstrated leadership in administrative positions in a medical school or an academic medical center setting.
  • Proven record of recruitment, mentorship, and retention of talent.
  • Clear publication history in the field of neurotrauma.
  • Values mentorship, education, and career development of trainees, e.g. undergraduate and medical students, and research training for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Required License/Registration/Certification
PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent.
Job Summary
This position is established in keeping with the mission statement of the UK College of Medicine.

Mission Statement
The College of Medicine promotes a diverse and inclusive environment that provides excellence in education, equitable health care, and transformative research to improve the health and wellness of Kentuckians and beyond.

Scope of Role
As a position of oversight, the director of the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center will ensure that center faculty work in collaboration with one another and with other groups across the college and campus, sharing research resources whenever possible. The director will also provide administrative, laboratory, and mentoring support to center faculty, staff, and trainees. The director will work closely to maximize the net yield of each project and avoid segregation or duplication of work in multiple isolated units. The director will work to uphold and expand the reputation and mission of the center while also serving as a leader for the College of Medicine.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Provide oversight for the research portfolio of the research center.
  • Facilitate mentoring of faculty at all levels in research, professional development, and trainee mentoring activities.
  • Facilitate an environment of collaborative research and conduct including maintaining records of accomplishments and facilitating the acquisition of external funding.
  • Continue their independent research in line with the goals of the center.
  • Publish in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Collaborate with the department chairs in the mentoring and development of faculty and trainees.
  • Manage center research resources and space to ensure effective and productive utilization.
  • Sustain and grow the national and international reputation of the center in the field of neurotrauma through professional, societal, and advocacy activities.
  • Support an inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and trainees within the center

Ideal Candidate Experience and Attributes
  • A strong visionary and inspirational leader who can artfully convey a long-term vision for the center, yet is equally skilled at implementing a detailed plan to achieve that vision. Highly approachable and compassionate; a record of promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, teamwork, respect, and honesty; a professional and personal demeanor characterized by integrity, graciousness, humility, genuineness, empathy, and sincerity; and a passion for the organization’s mission and objectives.
  • Exceptionally team-oriented; skilled at working well and partnering with scientists across the college and University to identify, build, and negotiate “win-win” relationships and collaborations; politically astute yet apolitical with an ability to break down silos and ensure a collegial and productive work environment.
  • Committed to faculty development at all levels, from supporting junior faculty to ensuring the continued success of established investigators.
  • Highly adept and at ease managing the day-to-day operational details with the ability to make strong decisions while simultaneously uniting faculty from several departments within the center.
  • Able to conceptualize and analyze complex business opportunities, understand the finances of an academic research center, and apply that knowledge to appropriately manage all aspects of the center.
  • Actively develop the center’s mission, strategies, and practices to support a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Actively embody, encourage, and support the five College of Medicine DIReCT values to help guide actions, behaviors, and decision-making to foster a cohesive work culture focused on patient-centered care. The DIReCT values are:
    • Diversity: We foster a people-centered environment that is inclusive of all.
    • Innovation: We embrace continuous learning and improvement to drive positive change.
    • Respect: We value our patients and families, our community, our co-workers, ourselves, and the resources entrusted to us.
    • Compassion: We express empathy for the needs, thoughts, and feelings of those we serve and with whom we work.
    • Teamwork: We cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships to create positive outcomes.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Lisa Tannock, MD, vice dean for faculty affairs, at lisa.tannock@uky.edu. All applications will be handled in a secure, sensitive, and confidential manner.

The position is open until filled. Please include a CV, cover letter, and specific request 1 detailed below, with the application.

Details in regards to Specific Request 1:
Please upload a statement addressing the following: Academic teaching and research philosophy, leadership vision, and approach on diversity, equity and inclusion.

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Posted: 2022-11-30 Expires: 2023-06-10

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