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Director, Noel Drury MD Depression Research Center

Application Window

Open date: August 30, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Nov 30, 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, Irvine (UCI), in partnership with Grant Cooper, announces a national search for the Director of the Noel D. Drury Depression Research Center. The Depression Research Center has been enabled by a monumental $55 million estate gift, enabling the creation of a leading, visionary research center focused on depression, a prevalent mental illness with a major impact on human potential and life.

Envisioned is a transdisciplinary entity that will focus on innovative approaches to the mechanisms, diagnosis and personalized, scalable therapies for depression.
Importantly, gift funds will endow and support the recruitment of an internationally renowned Center Director. We are looking for a highly accomplished individual who is also a visionary builder. The Director will catapult the Noel D. Drury Depression Research Center to international prominence by leveraging the combined strengths of his/her team, existing UCI resources and strategic new recruitments.

The resources generated by the foundational gift will provide support to the Director’s existing or recruited team (e.g. 3-5 individual faculty) engaged in specific aspects of depression research, including wet lab space and / or resources for studies such as neuroimaging, neuromonitoring or neuromodulation. The Center will incorporate, retain, and nurture both existing and new UCI faculty in several schools that focus on Depression Research, and will be enriched by additional resources related to the (ongoing) recruitment of a new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior. The Center will benefit from a generous allocation of new, state of the art wet and ‘dry’ research space in the new 200,000 sq. ft. Falling Leaves Foundation Medical Innovation Building and from the new $1.3 billion UCI Health-Irvine complex currently under construction.

UCI is exceptionally well poised to make a true impact in addressing depression. Already on campus is a strong base of clinical and basic research on the developmental origins of depression, including the $15 million NIH-funded Conte Center, one of only a dozen in the country. Major UCI strengths include strong groups in addiction-related and geriatric depressive problems, remarkable strengths in bioengineering, imaging and computational approaches to innovative diagnostics and therapies, and a commitment to understanding and addressing challenges to depression diagnosis and treatment related to health disparities and racial and ethnic diversity, including support from UCI’s Institute for Clinical & Translational Science.

In addition, UCI is well along a two-billion-dollar capital fund-raising campaign, of which one billion dollars are dedicated to advancing all aspects of health including innovative research, education and precision medicine-based therapies.

UCI has a vibrant scientific community with outstanding collaborative opportunities, including, but not limited to, basic and clinical neuroscience, imaging, translational biomedical science, stem cell research, computational, bioinformatics and cognitive neuroscience, pharmaceutical sciences, genomic medicine, and clinical research and training. A new $1.3 billion UCI Health-Irvine complex is in advanced construction adjacent to the UCI campus. UCI Medical Center, the principal facility for UCI Health and the UCI School of Medicine’s clinical and teaching programs, is located on the Orange, CA campus approximately 11 miles north of the Irvine campus. The 460-bed acute care hospital, listed among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the 20th consecutive year, is home to specialty services including an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, a certified stroke and cerebrovascular center, a regional burn center, and the only Level I trauma center in Orange County. UCI is internationally renowned in fundamental neuroscience and is home to two of the top twenty neuroscience departments in the United States.
The Director will have an Academic appointment as a Senate faculty position at the Full Professor level, and will report to the Vice Chancellor of Research.

Qualifications:
UCI is seeking highly accomplished candidates with exemplary academic and administrative leadership experience. They should have international renown in the study of depressive illnesses, and an established, funded research program centered on aspects of depression and/or related mental illness. We are seeking visionary builders that will propel the Noel D. Drury Depression Research Center to excellence by leveraging the combined strengths of their team, existing UCI resources and strategic new recruitments.

The ideal candidate is a visionary, distinguished scholar, capable of leading the Center and bringing in their own research portfolio. The successful candidate will be an internationally recognized scholar and forward-thinking leader, one with a distinguished record of achievement in research, mentorship, and team science. Successful applicants will have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to lead the Center and position it among the top centers in the country and the world.

Eligibility:

  • Earned a PhD, MD, or an MD/PhD (or equivalent) and be eligible for appointment as a full professor.
  • Demonstrated a record of scholarly productivity, significant history of independent NIH funding related to Depression, and involvement in academic societies at a national level in relevant fields of study.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Proven track-record of supporting high quality multidisciplinary science and fostering innovation in research.
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative environment with other units.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with a track record of promoting an inclusive culture.

Complete applications include a CV, a one-page letter of interest, research statement, teaching statement, and a separate diversity statement that describes past activities that promote diversity and inclusion and plans for future contributions.

Interested applicants are invited to complete an online application profile and upload their curriculum vitae electronically to the following web site: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF07572. Alternatively, applications or nominations of appropriate candidates may be sent to: Corey Lohnes, Managing Director, Grant Cooper, lohnes@grantcooper.com

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Criteria for the Ladder Rank Professor Series:
Ladder-Rank Faculty will serve as Research Scholars and educators. They are expected to design and lead significant, thematic research with extramural support when that is needed. Teaching is required and may include clinical, classroom or lab teaching. The incumbent will have a major focus on innovative research of high significance as reflected in sustained, high-quality publications and peer-reviewed national funding as a principal investigator.

Institutional Reference Check: The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence; where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. In support of this commitment, and as a means to address all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine will conduct an institutional reference check on recruitment finalists of Senate Ladder-Rank Professor and Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e. assistant, associate, full), prior to extending a formal offer of appointment. Applications submitted via AP Recruit must include a signed copy of the Authorization to Release Information Form for consideration.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Earned a PhD, MD, or an MD/PhD (or equivalent) and be eligible for appointment as an associate or full professor.
  • Demonstrated a record of scholarly productivity, significant history of independent NIH funding related to Depression, and involvement in academic societies at a national level in relevant fields of study.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Proven track-record of supporting high quality multidisciplinary science and fostering innovation in research.
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative environment with other units.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with a track record of promoting an inclusive culture.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF07572

Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.