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University of Utah Department of Surgery
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States (on-site)
14 days ago


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.

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 should apply at:

For additional information, contact:

Sarah Halbern, MSPH, CCRP

Director, Research and Science

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

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. 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.


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

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68078027
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Company Name For Job: University of Utah Department of Surgery
  • Position Title: Vice Chair of Research
  • Area of Focus: Academics / Research
  • Job Function: General Surgery
  • Job Type: Full-Time

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