Position title
Department Head

Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy (HSOP) is inviting nominations and applications for the position of Department Head, Drug Discovery and Development Department. This is a tenure track position at the Professor level. The School is seeking a visionary leader who can sustain the Department's educational excellence, while increasing the research activity and extramurally funded scholarship.

The department focuses on research and instruction of basic pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. The department's 18 faculty have expertise in synthetic medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology and treatments for cardiovascular, cancer, neuroscience, and infectious diseases. This position offers the opportunity to lead an expanding enterprise that has received an investment of greater than $19 million in new and enhanced research infrastructure over the last five years, including research cores in small animal non-invasive imaging, mass spectrometry, and pharmacogenomics. Opportunities for collaboration are present within the School of Pharmacy as well as with faculty throughout the University, including those at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Engineering and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Auburn University is also an equal partner institution within the NIH-supported Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), which comprises 11 academic research institutions across a tri-state region. The CCTS is one of 50+ NIH CTSA programs nationwide and AU HSOP is the leading pharmacy school in this consortium.

To ensure success in addressing the School's vision and mission, applicants must possess a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical or biomedical sciences or related field at the time employment begins, excellent interpersonal skills and evidence of strong leadership and management skills. The ideal candidate should have academic credentials sufficient to meet tenure eligibility requirements for the rank of Professor, an outstanding scientific background, an established and ongoing record of obtaining extramural funding and the proven abilities to foster an interdisciplinary approach to advance biomedical and pharmaceutical research within the department and school.

As Department Head, successful candidates must be able to facilitate, motivate, and influence; provide visionary leadership; and be a team player. The department head's responsibilities include: daily departmental operations; budgeting; ensuring quality in the Department's instructional programs; faculty development in all areas of scholarship; contributing to the development of School policies and strategic planning; and providing leadership in the education of pharmacy practitioners. This includes facilitating and disseminating innovative teaching models, as well as stimulating extramurally funded research. Candidates should expect to serve as a liaison for enhancing research productivity of the Department. Salary and rank will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Auburn University is a land-grant institution with a multicultural student enrollment of over 28,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs. The University is located in the city of Auburn, in east-central Alabama near several large metropolitan areas of Alabama (e.g., Montgomery and Birmingham) and Georgia (e.g., Atlanta and Columbus). Co-located in Auburn is the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, which provides additional research and teaching collaborations. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/facultyjobs/.

To assure full consideration, applications must include a curriculum vita, a letter of interest providing a summary of qualifications for the position, and the name and contact information for three references. Interested candidates should apply online at the following link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3918 .

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer


Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected and recommended for appointment.

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Job Location
Auburn, AL, 36849
Date posted
October 18, 2020
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