Chair Professor of Biology
Yale University
United States


Yale School of Medicine (YSM) seeks a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Cell Biology. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair will oversee a department of 23 faculty with an additional 18 having secondary appointments with the Department.

The Chair will work in partnership with the Dean to strategically grow the Department's top-tier science and diversity of discipline and background to continue its reputation for cutting-edge research and its commitment to excellence. The Chair will be a transformative leader who appreciates the Department’s history, sets forth a broad vision, and nurtures an equitable and inclusive culture that supports gender and racial diversity. YSM seeks a leader with impeccable scientific taste and an eagerness to harness the current success and translate that work into an even more successful future.

The incoming Chair will have the opportunity to develop a clear vision for the Department of Cell Biology and will be afforded resources to see that through to fruition through faculty hires and additional space. The Chair will be responsible for continuing the Department’s research momentum through the recruitment of faculty with varied research interests and diverse backgrounds, as well as an approach to science that continues to advance the field. This momentum can also be bolstered through the Chair’s efforts to serve as a catalyst for collaboration throughout YSM. Acting as a bridge within the Department and across the institution, the Chair will ensure that the Department maintains its reputation as a leader in research.

Key opportunities and challenges for the chair:

  • Broadening science while investing in the current portfolio
  • Continue to build the Department's legacy and provide a strategic direction for the future
  • Promote stronger collaborations within the school and university
  • Recruit, retain, mentor, and inspire the next generation of faculty and leadership


Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair promotes and empowers the education and research missions while having oversight of the administrative and financial operations of the Department. Reporting to the Chair are the Vice Chair, the Vice Chair of Diversity, the Director of Graduate Studies, Director of the Yale CINEMA Laboratory, Director of the CCMI, and the Director of Finance and Administration. The Chair will have strong expertise in cell biology, demonstrated research excellence, and exquisite taste in science. Establishing and maintaining collaborative efforts within and outside the Department will be essential, and the Chair will have a proven track record of nurturing a culture that embeds the values of inclusion and diversity within the entire Department.

This position requires a leader with broad intellectual insights, strategic vision, a flair for collaboration, and strong leadership and managerial acumen. The desired qualifications and experience of an ideal Chair include the following:

  • A PhD or MD/PhD whose scientific core identity is as a cell biologist and who carries a broad knowledge of cell biology and a distinguished record of research and publications that would support appointment as a tenured full professor at YSM;
  • An accomplished scientist who has a national reputation as a thought leader in cell biology;
  • A strategic, broad, and interdisciplinary vision of the opportunities for the Department and its faculty that positions the Department to lead in the broader field of academic cell biology; a keen understanding of the funding environment for science, the possibilities for research collaborations, and creative appeals for research funding;
  • A record of leading faculty scientists in planning that is creative and rigorous; an inventive and ambitious spirit disciplined by an uncompromising standard of excellence;
  • An authoritative, clear, and accurate communicator; ability to speak the truth;
  • The ability to build consensus with and convene a diverse range of constituents to generate excitement around ideas;
  • Experience building internal and external partnerships;
  • Experience leading in a medical school environment;
  • Financial acumen and experience in managing complex budgets;
  • Respect and appreciation for the history of the Department of Cell Biology combined with energy and excitement to maximize its future potential;
  • An accessible and engaging style as a colleague, manager, and community leader; a willingness to communicate often and to consult closely with colleagues, coupled with a willingness to act decisively;
  • An impeccable reputation for personal and organizational integrity, transparency, compliance, and accountability.

Application Instructions

The search firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting Yale University in the recruitment of the Chair. To be considered, those interested must apply through the Yale University’s Academic Recruitment job board, which uses Interfolio to accept applications:

Applicants must upload a CV, including a letter of interest that highlights the applicant’s relevant leadership experience. Review of complete applications will continue until the top candidate(s) have been identified. Applications must be submitted through Interfolio for consideration, but inquiries, nominations, and referrals may be submitted electronically in confidence, to: Ariannah Mirick, Partner; Jane McInerney, Senior Associate; Madeleine Ruth, Managing Search Coordinator Isaacson, Miller:

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