Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
United States Illinois Chicago


The University of Illinois College of Medicine invites nominations and applications for the position of Benjamin Goldberg Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (BMG). BMG has numerous faculty members with active research in a variety of areas including biochemistry, epigenetics, structural biology, gene expression, and signaling. BMG faculty employ model organisms and innovative genetic and biochemical approaches to study fundamental mechanisms, and perform translational research to treat human diseases. In this role, the new Head of BMG will have the opportunity to build upon the strengths and catalyze the expansion of the Department.

UIC offers an outstanding environment for interdisciplinary research within the College of Medicine, the 6 other Health Sciences Colleges in Chicago and the other UIC Colleges, as well as with its centers and institutes, including the Cancer Center, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Cardiovascular Research, Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration Center for Lung and Vascular Biology, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Center for Biomolecular Sciences, Center for Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology, Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics, Electronic Visualization Laboratory, Center for Global Health and Institute of Tuberculosis Research. The UIC Research Resources Center (rrc.uic.edu/) offers faculty and staff a diverse inventory of high-end scientific equipment as well as a wide range of core services.


The ideal candidate for this role will have broad knowledge in biochemistry and molecular genetics, a record of vision and leadership and a commitment to discovery, learning and engagement. The Head will be an advocate for the Department’s trainees, students, and faculty. They will be a major institutional leader, strengthening existing and building new collaborative relationships throughout the College of Medicine and University. The next Head of BMG has the opportunity to build a leading department based on a foundation of research excellence and the education of medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and to advocate for the College of Medicine in all of its missions.

Qualified candidates will possess a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD (or equivalent), be eligible for appointment as a full professor, have demonstrated leadership experience, have an international reputation for excellence in research and sustained federal support for their research activities.

Interested candidates should apply through jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=154441&job=head-department-of-biochemistry-and-molecular-genetics, providing a current curriculum vitae, a letter describing interest and qualifications, and contact information for three references.

For further information, please contact the search committee chair:

Susan R. Ross, Ph.D.
Sweeney Basic Sciences Professor and Head
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

c/o Cathy Grimsted
1853 West Polk Street, Room 131 CMW
Chicago, IL 60612

The University of Illinois will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and Veteran or disability status. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899

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As soon as possible

How to Apply



Cathy Grimsted