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University of Utah Vice Chair of Research - Rank Dependent on Qualifications in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Position/Rank Vice Chair of Research - Rank Dependent on Qualifications

Department 00263 - Surgery Research

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Track Dependent on Qualifications

New Position to Begin 9/1/2023


The Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine is seeking candidates for the position of Vice Chair for Research.

As a nationally ranked academic surgical program, the Department of Surgery provides high-value patient care, leads in research and innovation, and inspires and educates tomorrow’s leaders in surgery.

In addition to providing expert, compassionate clinical care, our surgeons are engaged in scientific inquiry across a broad range of areas, including ground-breaking laboratory research, advanced surgical technology, and health care system innovations designed to guarantee that all our patients have ready access to personalized, compassionate, high-quality surgical care that consistently responds to their individual needs, preferences, and values.

The Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Surgery will be responsible for the full spectrum of research activities within the Department including health services research, clinical trials, translational research, discovery and innovation, and research administration. The Vice Chair is responsible for developing a vision for the research initiatives of the Department and its Divisions in conjunction with the Department’s leadership. The Vice Chair will lead the execution of the research vision, develop comprehensive research plans for the different areas, and oversee, mentor, and teach faculty members, research trainees-fellows, staff, students, and other personnel involved in research. Supporting junior faculty members in the academic research journey is another key aspect of the Vice Chair responsibilities.

The Vice Chair for Research is expected to increase the department research funding, participation in clinical trials, and develop cooperative research opportunities within University of Utah, and with other institutions.

The Department is seeking candidates with the following attributes:

1. MD; MD, PhD; or equivalent

2. Federally funded research portfolio, current and/or past

3. Significant experience with mentorship

4. Evidence of experience in program/project leadership

Professional Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of this position include:


  1. Maintain a highly productive research operation with a national and international reputation.

Research Sections and Cores

  1. Meet with Research Section Chiefs quarterly to review department research metrics and strategic initiative progress.
  2. Oversee resource utilization of the Surgery Core Lab, SPARC , Statistical Services, and Data Science Services.

Administrative and Budget

  1. Conduct a semi-annual research budget review for fiscal year planning and progress.
  2. Develop and oversee the department of surgery research budget in collaboration with the department’s finance and research administration team.
  3. Attend monthly meetings with Research Administration Leadership to discuss overall research strategy and assess needs to ensure optimal faculty support.


  1. Engage in ongoing meetings to review the department’s research portfolio and make recommendation to the Chair for corrective actions needed to keep the research operation viable and solvent.
  2. Assist and advise the Chair of the Department of Surgery in recruiting/developing/retaining highly productive research faculty.
  3. Engage with University of Utah research leadership to promote and advance the Department of Surgery research mission.


  1. Provide guidance and mentorship to junior faculty members in defining and developing their research projects and directions (e.g., K & R awards).
  2. Provide ongoing mentorship for faculty researchers in development of training, program, and center grant applications.
  3. Support faculty to compete successfully for internal and external funding.

Interested applicants must apply at:

For additional information, contact:

Sarah Halbern, MSPH , CCRP

Director, Research and Science

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The 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.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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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. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 01/31/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN03191F

Type Faculty