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Position/Rank Faculty Rank & Track DOQ

Department 00224 - Internal Medicine Admin

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Track Dependent on Qualifications

New Position to Begin As soon as possible


Director of the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute

The Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute ( CVRTI ) at the University of Utah School of Medicine seeks candidates for the Institute Director. Established in 1971, CVRTI performs cutting-edge research in the field of cardiac function and has established an outstanding legacy of landmark discoveries in cardiovascular science. Of special note are seminal discoveries regarding mechanisms of cardiac channelopathies, biophysical mechanism of channel gating, molecular basis of drug-induced arrhythmias and cardiac excitation-contraction coupling. Our current areas of basic and translational research include cardiac electrophysiology, mitochondrial function, structural and functional remodeling of excitation-contraction coupling in heart failure, proteomics and epigenetics of heart failure, and metabolomics of myocardial ischemia and cardiac arrest. Currently, CVRTI personnel include 13 faculty members as well as trainees (postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students) and staff, totaling 72 members. Our multidisciplinary team of investigators includes physicians, bioengineers, physiologists, and computational modelers, with appointments in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Biomedical Engineering and Surgery.

In addition to research, CVRTI faculty make major contributions to the teaching, mentoring and research-training missions of the University. This training includes a wide range of lecture topics to undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and medical students. In addition, our five physicians are actively involved in training residents and interns in clinical cardiology (adult and pediatric) and cardiac surgery. We are also committed to supporting the next generation of scientists by providing mentoring and research training to students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. CVRTI faculty are also actively engaged in numerous service activities (University and national committees, study sections, editorial boards of scientific journals).

Applicants must have MD or PhD degree at the Professor or Associate Professor level, experience in academic leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equal opportunity. The qualified candidate should also have an outstanding record of research accomplishments, significant extramural funding, and ability to work collaboratively. He/she is expected to maintain a vigorous, innovative, externally funded research program that compliments that of current faculty and builds on Institute strengths. Research interests in cardiac electrophysiology, genomics, epigenetics, stem cell biology, cardiovascular disease genetics, and metabolism will provide synergistic opportunities with other CVRTI faculty.

The Director is expected to lead in strategic planning of the overall scientific/training direction of the Institute and in the recruitment of new investigators. By providing professional, intellectual, and administrative leadership, the director seeks to create an environment that facilitates and supports the research and training goals of CVRTI faculty and trainees.

Administratively, the Director reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. Since CVRTI does not make academic appointments, the Director as with all CVRTI faculty members, must be appointed into a department that best fits her/his background and training. The Director is ultimately responsible for all CVRTI financial and personnel matters. Financial duties include judicious management of all CVRTI funds and careful reporting to relevant internal and external entities. In this role, the Director must maintain close contact with the Board of Directors of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation, a major and longtime supporter of CVRTI’s research mission. Director responsibilities also include direct supervision of all CVRTI Core members, hiring/promotion/retention of CVRTI faculty and Core members, as well as resolution of CVRTI personnel issues.

CVRTI website:


Interested candidates must apply online with a cover letter, current curriculum vitae and a brief description of research interests and administrative experience at the following:

Please send inquiries to:

Kenneth W. Spitzer, Ph.D.

Professor, Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

Director, Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute

University of Utah

95 South, 2000 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission. Recruitment is ongoing until a suitable candidate is identified or the search is closed.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 08/15/2018

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN02071F

Type Faculty

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