Director, Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota Medical School
Leader (with Faculty Rank) - 9340FR
The University of Minnesota Medical School seeks an innovative, driven leader to direct the school’s Stem Cell Institute (SCI). This is a priority research area for the Medical School with a strong team, robust research program, and growing visibility within the state and nationally. The successful candidate will be strategic, collaborative, able to leverage the resources available through the Medical School, University and community, and unafraid to harness the potential in the SCI. The new director will hold an endowed chair.
The SCI’s vision is to use stem cell biology to change the practice of medicine through discovery, education, and translation. The researchers and faculty of the SCI explore the science of stem cell biology with the purposes of responding to the medical needs of today and educating the researchers of tomorrow.
Established in 1999, the Stem Cell Institute within the Medical School at the University of Minnesota was the first interdisciplinary institute in the United States dedicated to stem cell research. The SCI is located in the state-of-the art Biomedical Discovery District on the Twin-Cities campus. In 2014, the Minnesota State Legislature allocated 10 years of support for Regenerative Medicine Minnesota with an annual budget of over $4 million overseen by the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Clinic.
The Stem Cell Institute:
Includes 50 investigators of all ranks from 25 collaborating university departments that participate in stem cell research.
Harbors several areas of strength: spinal cord/brain injury and disease, diabetes, heart disease, stem cell genomic editing and bioprinting/bioengineering.
Has an affiliated large-scale cell processing facility.
Offers a Master’s program in Stem Cell Biology.
Sponsors an interdisciplinary Stem Cell Biology NIH Training Grant.
Offers a Stem Cell Business Incubator to support early stage businesses.
The SCI Director responsibilities include:
Overseeing and leading the SCI’s stem cell biology research program.
Spearheading development efforts to grow resources and opportunities within the SCI.
Developing and nurturing the identity of the SCI as a resource for faculty throughout the university.
Recruiting junior faculty and collaborating with Medical School departments to identify suitable tenure homes.
Mentoring junior and mid-career SCI faculty.
Administering the SCI budget.
Maintaining and developing the SCI’s international, national, and local identity as a frontrunner in basic studies and in the clinical translation of stem cell-based therapies.
Maintaining and developing the SCI’s identity as a resource for stem cell information, research collaboration, and education.
Ensuring awareness that the SCI is a source of information for the community and serves as an advocate for the potential of stem cell research.
Medical degree (MD) or PhD degree in a relevant discipline.
Eligible for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
Outstanding scholarship in regenerative medicine field(s).
Demonstrated record in faculty, trainee and student mentorship and teaching.
Demonstrated record of leadership and achievement in academic medicine as evidenced by:
excellent track-record of federal funding.
experience in leading significant single or multi-site research programs.
success in recruiting exceptional clinical and/or bench scientists.
Ideal Candidate Attributes and Experience:
Strong visionary, inspirational leader who can develop and communicate a long-term vision for the advancement of the SCI and is equally skilled at developing and operating a detailed plan to achieve that vision.
Highly approachable and compassionate; a record of promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, teamwork, respect, and honesty; professional and personal demeanor characterized by integrity, graciousness, sincerity, and a passion for the organization’s mission and objectives.
Exceptionally team-oriented; skilled at working well and partnering with providers across a large, complex organization and community.
Highly adept and at ease managing the day-to-day operational details with the ability to be decisive, to conceptualize and analyze complex business opportunities, and oversee multiple projects.
Demonstrated experience in recruiting, retaining, and mentoring a diverse and highly skilled cadre of faculty and/or students.
Demonstrated track record of growing research platforms and contributing towards high-impact publications, grant awards, and meaningful science.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity.
Experience working with legislators, community leaders, and philanthropic partners.
The ability to effectively represent the SCI, Medical School and University of Minnesota in the regional, national and international communities.
Internal Number: 330989
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.