Vice Chair of Research - Ophthalmology and Visual Science, McGovern Medical

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Vice Chair of Research - Ophthalmology and Visual Science, McGovern Medical

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Faculty

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 240000WC

McGovern Medical SchoolatUTHealth Houstonis recruiting a Vice-Chair of Research forRuiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

The Vice-Chair of Research will oversee all Department of Ophthalmology research initiatives in both the translational and basic science domains. The incumbent will have financial oversight of departmental research programs and administrative oversight of research program administrative staff. Qualified applicants are expected to have an outstanding research record with extramural funding and leadership skills to develop a strong multidisciplinary collaborative ophthalmology research program.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Maintain a highly productive research mission with a national and international reputation.

  • Compete successfully for external funding to maintain a well-rounded research portfolio.

  • Set priorities and key metrics to reflect research and scholarship within the Department.

  • Create and implement, with departmental leaders, new research programs to achieve the Department's vision and goals.

  • Work with the Chair to develop strategic short- and long-term goals within the research mission.

  • Assist the Chair of the department in developing/ recruiting/ retaining high-potential research faculty.

  • Represent the department at relevant local, national, and university committee meetings.

  • Provide guidance and mentorship to junior faculty members in defining and developing their research and directions.

  • Provide oversight, guidance, and annual evaluations to faculty members within the research mission.

  • Provide oversight for research administrative staff and research-directed faculty to ensure effective resource utilization.

  • Develop infrastructure to expand to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, medical students, clinical fellows, and undergraduate involvement in research, presentations, and publications.

  • Create learning opportunities to help the department and McGovern Medical School gain the skills needed to pose testable hypotheses, efficiently evaluate those hypotheses, interpret data, and draw appropriate conclusions.

  • Encourage focused investigations & grant applications by trainees as well as faculty and ensure adequate preparation before project initiation.


  • PhD., rank of Associate Professor or Professor


  • Associate Professor or Professor rank on Clinical Series track.

  • Strong track record of successful extramural grant funding, including federal programs.

  • Established track record of federal investigator-initiated research funding.

  • Experience leading basic, clinical, or translational research programs.

  • Success in mentoring research faculty in career development programs.

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

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