The University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy is seeking a Distinguished Professor to have the title of The Howard Mossberg Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology. The Howard Mossberg Distinguished Professor will bring with them internationally recognized, funded research projects. They will be an influential faculty leader in the department, throughout the University of Kansas and beyond. Strong preference will be given to research focused on the development of therapeutic targets and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
This position is supported by a well-funded endowment. The individual selected will manage these resources to conduct discovery-based research for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The successful candidate will teach in the professional and graduate programs. A Distinguished Professorship is awarded wholly on the basis of merit, following exacting criteria; demographic factors and years of services are not taken into account. Therefore, it is not surprising that the number is small – less than 100 – for the entire university.
A nominee must be truly distinguished as a scholar, ranking among the top scholars in the United States for their particular field, and possessing an international reputation of excellence. However, an exemplary scholarly record is not enough; a preeminent ability to teach must always complement it. The KU School of Pharmacy currently has seven Distinguished Professors among their staff.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must hold a PhD, MD, or DVM, have an exceptional record of externally funded research and previous teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. The successful applicant appointment to this position is expected to lead and participate in collaborative research projects. The position comes with state supported salary for nine-months and the opportunity for grant supported summer salary for an additional 3 months. Excellent University-shared core research facilities that houses specialized scientific instruments and provide expert consultation and services to investigators, a generous start-up package and endowed funds support the position.
Continuous growth and enhancement of a cutting-edge, well-funded research program focused on Alzheimer’s Disease or closely related field, which provides opportunity for training graduate, post-doctoral, and qualified undergraduate students.
Development of strong research relationships between the Department and other units on the Lawrence and the Medical Center Campus’ as well as appropriate public, private, or government institutions and agencies.
Advance the Department and School’s role in the Bioscience and Technology Business Center (BTBC) on the Lawrence Campus and the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) on the KUMC Campus.
Active participation in teaching graduate students in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and professional pharmacy students in the PharmD program
Committee and task force commitments at the Department, School and University level as well as at the national and international level.
Support, encourage and communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty and staff.
Ph.D., M.D. or D.V.M. and research training in pharmacology, or a closely related field.
Rank of Full Professor with tenure.
An extensive publication history describing original research in leading publications. The number and quality of articles must demonstrate a sustained commitment to excellence and productivity.
An extensive history of national/international presentations.
A history of consistent research funding at a high level, including federal funding sources.
A distinguished record of accomplishment commensurate with nomination for a Distinguished Professorship within the University.
Sustained record of teaching excellence (undergraduate and graduate), as indicated by student and peer evaluations, mentoring of students who have moved on to positions of responsibility, receipt of teaching awards or recognition.
Research expertise in Alzheimer’s disease or a closely related neuroscience area.
Multiple patent holder, with products commercialized.
Evidence of leadership roles in national/international organizations.
Service as an editor.
Contact Information to Applicants
For questions about the position or to nominate a candidate, please contact:
Dr. Liqin Zhao
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application will include the following items: (1) a cover letter summarizing your research and teaching experience, and your vision for the position; (2) a CV that lists your record of accomplishments and productivity; (3) a research statement describing your current research activities and future plans; and (4) a list of 3 professional references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Describe your experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Review of applications is scheduled to begin March 1, 2021, and will continue as needed until the position is filled.