Chair, Integrative Biology and Pharmacology - McGovern Medical School

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Chair, Integrative Biology and Pharmacology - McGovern Medical School

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Faculty

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 2300034X

Chair, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology

McGovern Medical School – UTHealth Houston

The Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology (IBP) at McGovern Medical School, UTHealth Houston, is seeking an accomplished investigator and leader to serve as its next Chair. This is an exceptional opportunity for a world-class scientist to lead a basic science department in the world’s largest medical center. Investigators with a track-record of funded research in cell biology, physiology, pharmacology or a related field are encouraged to apply.

Since the department’s infancy, IBP has cultivated a strong reputation for conducting innovative research focusing on the molecular mechanisms and dynamics of cell regulation and communication in various diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular biology, tissue regeneration, neuronal signaling, inflammation, and gastrointestinal and renal physiology. Comprising over 100FTE’s, the department currently has 34 faculty members (13 full, 8 associate, 9 assistant professors and 4 instructors) with 26 independent principal investigators. IBP has a robust track record of securing significant grants from NIH, DoD, and the American Heart Association. This success is reflected in the substantial $7.1 million in grant funds awarded to the faculty during fiscal year 2023.

A successful candidate for the Chair of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology will be dedicated to mentoring others and will have a proven track record of faculty development and external funding. Additional key responsibilities and qualifications are listed below, and additional information is available by requesting a copy of the position summary.

Key Accountabilities

• Developing the academic careers of existing faculty members and recruiting and mentoring outstanding new faculty members in educational efforts and in funded scholarly research

• Continuously developing a rigorous, productive and independent externally funded research program

• Establishing and fostering collaborative relationships and research initiatives with faculty in other McGovern Medical School departments and across the university

• Evaluating the current strengths of the IBP department and identifying areas for productive growth in educational and research programs, including postdoctoral research fellow training

• Continuing the superior financial performance and well-being of the department

• Representing UTHealth Houston and IBP at the university, local, regional and national levels

• Fostering creativity, innovation, and initiation of ground-breaking research programs in cell biology, physiology and pharmacology

• Ensuring the future improvement of the department’s performance and reputation


• Ph.D. in cell biology, physiology, pharmacology or a related field

• Independently well-funded researcher

• Qualified for appointment as a senior-level faculty member

• Previous academic leadership experience

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealth Houston has adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealth Houston ​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’s Houston rules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.