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Department Head, Molecular Biomedical Sciences

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Department Head, Molecular Biomedical Sciences

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm with flexibility to meet Department needs

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Molecular Biomedical Science

About the Department

About NC State University
Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University (NC State) is an institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, and public service. At NC State, we create prosperity for North Carolina and the nation. We value diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. We began as a land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering. Today, we’re a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels across disciplines. NC State is a powerhouse in science, technology, engineering and math. We lead in agriculture, education, textiles, business and natural resources management. We’re at the forefront of teaching and research in design, the humanities and the social sciences, and we’re home to one of the world’s best colleges of veterinary medicine. Our more than 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing. They pursue original research and start new companies. They forge connections with top employers and serve communities local and global. Through it all, they enjoy an outstanding return on investment. Whether it’s Princeton Review ranking NC State among the nation’s best values for universities, Money magazine named it the No. 1 best college for your money in North Carolina, U.S. News & World Report ranking NC State among the top 10 best values in public higher education, or named Forbes 2022 best large employer in North Carolina, the university has many reasons to be proud. Each year, NC State adds $6.5 billion to the statewide economy, equivalent to creating more than 90,000 new jobs. That represents a significant return on investment for the citizens of North Carolina in the form of research advances, innovative technologies, successful companies, skilled graduates, and new jobs waiting for them. Our 9,600 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Together, they forge powerful partnerships with government, industry, nonprofits, and academia to remake our world for the better. We expect everyone to give of their talents, skills, time, and effort to make NC State an environment of inclusive excellence for all.

For more information, please visit the University home page at NC State University

About the College of Veterinary Medicine
As one of the top veterinary schools in the country, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to being a leader in professional education, clinical service, and research. The college also has an essential role to play in improving the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina, the nation, and the world. The college’s mission is to advance the veterinary profession and animal and human health through ongoing discovery and medical innovation; provide animals and their owners with extraordinary, compassionate medical care; and prepare the next generation of veterinarians and biomedical research scientists. The college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education.

The college anchors the 250-acre Centennial Biomedical Campus, an extension of NC State’s Centennial Campus. Instruction is provided through three academic departments: Clinical Sciences, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health and Pathobiology . There are approximately 400 students enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional program and over 90 students enrolled in the multidisciplinary Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program. The college and teaching hospital is supported by more than 160 faculty and 450 staff members, and over 100 house officers (interns and residents). A unique feature of the campus is the 80-acre Teaching Animal Unit, a dynamic teaching lab for students to learn husbandry, production management, and livestock production procedures.

Diversity and inclusion are critical to the success of the college, which promotes a values-driven culture of mutual respect that supports all of its community members, prioritizes relationships and collaborations, and promotes innovation and the pursuit of one’s passions. DVM students develop key competencies necessary for success in private practice, industry, government, and academia. The curriculum includes instruction and practice in teamwork, client interactions, and public communication as well as the development of interpersonal and organizational skills.

The NC State Veterinary Hospital sees an average of 35,000 cases annually. Clinical faculty includes internationally recognized certified specialists in over 30 disciplines, supported by highly trained veterinary technicians and staff. Small animal services are available across 16 Specialty departments and equine services are available across five departments. The Veterinary Hospital provides state-of-the-art patient care for companion animals, and equine and farm animals spread across three main facilities: The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, the Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center, and the Veterinary Health and Wellness Center.
The College’s research enterprise is housed in 3 modern buildings on the CVM campus including the new Biomedical Partnership Center (BPC), a 40,000-square-foot building that opened in 2017. The BPC houses CVM faculty in research laboratories shared with faculty from the College of Engineering, including the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, as well as industry partners working in related biomedical research fields. The Research Building is a 3-floor building that houses faculty from all departments, purposely organized around laboratory space to promote interdepartmental collaboration. There is extensive laboratory space within the College of Veterinary Medicine, much of it renovated in the last 5 years to accommodate collaborative groups of investigators.

Since its inception, the College has been and remains a leader in One Health, with a strong role in translational and comparative research. Indeed, the college One Health program has played a central role in establishing the NC State Global One Health Academy. The College has excellent collaborative relationships with the nearby Duke University and University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine and has maintained 30 years of shared federal funding for research emphasis areas including cell biology, physiology, gross anatomy, developmental and reproductive biology, environmental science, and toxicology, genomics, neurobiology, regenerative medicine, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, immunology, and cancer. Through these efforts, the College prepares the next generation of biomedical researchers and veterinarians, conducts bench and clinical research to solve human and animal health problems, addresses critical ecosystem and public health issues, and promotes a clearer understanding and appreciation of the ramifications related to the growing human-animal bond that is at the center of these concerns.

For more information, please visit the College home page at: College of Veterinary Medicine

About Raleigh and the Research Triangle
NC State University anchors the Research Triangle region, home of many of the country’s leading Fortune 500 technology, research, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as other fine universities, with whom we share uniquely collaborative relationships. National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living and a welcoming environment. Raleigh is situated in a lovely part of the state, with the Atlantic Ocean two hours to the east, and the Blue Ridge Mountains three hours to the west.

North Carolina’s rapid growth makes the state a diversity leader and top spot for young professionals and families. Raleigh reflects statewide growth as a city on the rise:

• No. 2 among the best places to live in the U.S. (U.S News & World Report, 2021)

• No. 5 among the best-performing economies in the U.S. (Milken Institute, 2021)

• One of America’s top 10 recession-resistant cities (Smartasset, 2020)

• Among the top 10 “Best Cities to Move to Right Now” (Curbed, 2020)

With Durham and Chapel Hill, the capital city anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The region’s top companies — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec, and GlaxoSmithKline — rank among the country’s best employers. NC State also maintains strong agricultural partnerships with Bayer, BASF, and Syngenta, companies that lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

Essential Job Duties

North Carolina State University invites applications for the position of Department Head of the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences (MBS) in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to provide visionary leadership for a world-class biomedical department at one of the nation’s leading colleges of veterinary medicine.

The CVM has achieved national recognition in research, teaching, and clinical excellence, and the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences (MBS) plays critical roles in all of these areas. The MBS department (https://cvm.ncsu.edu/research/departments/mbs) bridges basic and clinical research and is home to 45 multi-disciplinary faculty, as well as staff, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and house officers. Faculty are recognized experts in the fields of cell biology and physiology, cancer biology, developmental biology, environmental science and toxicology, genomics, infectious diseases, neuroscience, nutrition, pharmacology, anesthesiology, radiology, reproductive biology, and pedagogy. MBS faculty actively participate and/or play leadership roles in multiple university-wide Interdisciplinary Programs (IDP) at NC State including the Center for Human Health and the Environment, the Comparative Medicine Institute, The Global Health, Genetic and Genomics, and Data Science Academies, and the Chancellor Faculty Excellence Clusters.

The MBS department’s research mission focuses on the discovery of new knowledge relevant to animal and human disease and applying these findings to enhance health and well-being. The MBS department trains clinician scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and veterinary medical students interested in research-based careers. Equally important, faculty and staff in the MBS department contribute exceptionally to the clinical training and education of DVM students in preparation for entering professional veterinary clinical practice.

The MBS Department Head must have a passion for translational research and an enthusiasm for linking basic science and clinical research to solve critical problems in human and animal health. The MBS Department Head must provide leadership in, enthusiasm for, and as may be required, an overt willingness to learn, understand and support the clinical and teaching dedicated missions of the department. The MBS Department Head must be an innovative, creative, visionary, and collaborative leader with the ability and experience required to guide the members of this multi-disciplinary department in achieving these three missions.

Specific responsibilities of the Department Head are to:
• Provide academic and scientific leadership in defining and achieving MBS goals.
• Grow the MBS basic and translational research enterprise.
• Support and encourage excellence in veterinary medical and graduate student teaching.
• Ensure that the department fully supports its clinical programs and responsibilities, currently in anesthesia, radiology and imaging, and nutrition.
• Manage MBS fiscal planning and administration and evaluations of faculty and staff.
• Maintain a culture of collaboration and collegiality and promote excellence within MBS.
• Enhance a diverse and inclusive community of students, staff, and faculty.
• Maintain a strong mentorship program for the professional development of MBS faculty and staff members.
• Serve as the primary departmental advocate in enhancing the visibility and prestige of MBS sections and disciplines, and in growing interdisciplinary cross-institutional programs.
• Provide leadership and support for the integration of MBS faculty and students within the greater NC State University community and the nearby universities and medical schools, including the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Promote existing interdisciplinary programs within the college and university.

Key Skills and Characteristics
1. Strong communication skills.
2. Demonstrated leadership and administrative experience.
3. Experience gaining federal funding and running an extramurally funded research program.
4. A record of collegial and productive interactions with faculty, staff, and students.
5. Evidence of leading and supporting initiatives that support a positive culture of belonging and well-being for all faculty, staff, and students.
6. Interest and enthusiasm for mentorship, particularly with regard to guiding junior faculty toward successful careers in research, teaching, and clinical excellence.
7. Comfort and experience working with and supporting highly interdisciplinary and collaborative faculty with an emphasis on biomedical and translational research.
8. Experience and enthusiasm for innovative pedagogy and teaching excellence.
9. Strong desire to establish collaborative relationships both within the university and with the private and public sectors.
10. Understanding and enthusiasm for the integral role of the clinical teaching hospital environment in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
11. Ability to work with departmental members to develop the departmental vision and for planning and implementation of strategic initiatives.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. required;
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD or equivalent) Doctor of Medicine (MD or equivalent) and Ph.D. preferred;
  • Demonstrated academic leadership. A record of active participation in professional/scientific affairs and of research and teaching experience;
  • Current Rank of Tenured Full Professor or currently eligible or under evaluation for such.

Other Required Qualifications

The Department Head must possess interpersonal skills and a leadership vision that will advance the impact and reputation of the MBS Department nationally and internationally.

Candidates must have:
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated academic leadership and administrative experience
  • Experience with extramurally funded research programs and a strong track record in research
  • A record of collegial and productive interactions with faculty, staff, and students
  • The ability to lead and support initiatives around diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
  • Interest, enthusiasm, and experience in mentorship, particularly in guiding junior faculty toward successful careers in research, teaching, and clinical excellence
  • Experience working across disciplinary boundaries and interest in supporting highly interdisciplinary and collaborative faculty
  • Experience and enthusiasm for innovative pedagogy and teaching excellence
  • Demonstrated success in establishing collaborative relationships both within the university and with the private and public sectors
  • Understanding and enthusiasm for the integral role of the clinical teaching hospital environment in a College of Veterinary Medicine

Preferred Qualifications


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Valid NC Driver's License required


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Job Open Date


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include as attachments a curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and a cover letter/letter of intent specifying: qualifications, 2) experience, and 3) your vision for the future of veterinary research and education.

Additionally, NC State has a strategic plan with a set of seven goals and goal four of that plan aligns with The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Strategic Plan to Build an inclusive College community and a culture of pride and integrity. Our Values of Prioritizing Community, Practicing Inclusivity, Promoting Innovation, and Pursuing our Passion drive our culture. Please include in your cover letter/letter of intent your vision for how you will support the college to achieve this strategic goal and serve as a values driven leader.

Position Number


Position Type

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department ID

194001 - Dept Molecular Biomedical Scie


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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