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JPF03003 - Faculty Position in Obstetrics & Gynecology - Vice Chair of Research (Asociate or Full Professor)

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body and is seeking a Vice Chair of Research at the level of Associate or Full Professor.

The Department is interested in candidates who have a commitment to research excellence, demonstrated leadership, and participation in teaching, research, service, and in building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

We are currently ranked 4th among Ob/Gyn departments in NIH funding and have active research programs in neuroendocrine control of reproduction, circadian rhythm, puberty, placental biology, exRNA biology, PCOS, stress, spermatogenesis, early embryo development, gynecologic cancer, pelvic floor muscle physiology, contraception, and the reproductive microbiome.

The successful candidate will benefit from the highly stimulating and collaborative environment within the department. The Vice Chair of Research reports directly to the department Chair and collaborates with the Vice Chair of Translational Research and other department members to optimize and oversee the research components of our department. The Research Vice Chair will advise the Chair on research matters and meet with the Chair on a regular basis.

Responsibilities include committee participation on the following departmental committees:

  • Department Executive Committee
  • Department Vice Chairs Committee
  • Department Research Advisory Committee
  • Chair the Department Space Committee
  • Department Search Committees for FTE Faculty

Candidates must have a PhD in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences or equivalent degree and a current research program in a discipline relevant to Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences with a track record of obtaining substantial extramural funding and high productivity with regards to peer-reviewed publications. Appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor rank.  Read full posting

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Important:  As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

Research Programs

Research is conducted in a wide variety of areas within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science.

Individual faculty and groups of faculty have research programs which explore development, regulation, and control at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels in the reproductive areas. Ten PhD faculty members are devoted to unlocking the mysteries of reproductive medicine throughout a woman's life span.  See the videos below for a glimpse of the research being conducted by our faculty.

The Department participates in prestigious and nationally recognized studies such as the Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Program, the Postdoctoral Training in Reproductive Sciences Program, and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.

In 2016, we ranked 3rd in the nation among departments of Ob/Gyn in NIH funded research.

UCSD Perinatal Biorepository

The UCSD Perinatal Biorepository provides access to resources for clinical and translational studies on human pregnancy. High quality biospecimens and clinical data from rigorously adjudicated healthy and complicated pregnancies are available to investigators at UCSD and other institutions. For prospective studies, assistance with study design and preparation of regulatory documents, study subject recruitment and enrollment, and a variety of study procedures are available. The Biorepository currently contains:

  • Placental tissue samples compatible with molecular and histologic studies for over 2,500 cases.
  • Maternal serum, plasma, and urine from over 1,000 cases.
  • Cord blood (serum and plasma) from over 300 cases.

Analytical services available include:

  • Detailed histological evaluation of placental tissue.
  • Nucleic acid extraction from tissue and biofluid samples.
  • Next-generation sequencing library preparation (including small RNAseq, long RNAseq, single-cell RNAseq, whole genome DNAseq, and whole genome bisulfite sequencing).
  • Analysis of next-generation sequencing data.

The Biorepository is co-directed by Drs. Louise Laurent and Mana Parast. Dr. Laurent is a Maternal Fetal Medicine subspecialist with expertise in genomics, stem cell biology, and extracellular RNA biomarker discovery. Dr. Parast is a Perinatal Pathologist with expertise in placental and stem cell biology.