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Scientific Director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center

Vanderbilt Transplant Center (VTC) seeks a Scientific Director to build new and enhance existing research programs by leveraging the world-class scientific resources at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the extensive clinical volume of VTC to improve human health. The Director should hold an M.D. or Ph.D., be independently funded, and have a track record of leadership and the ability to inspire creativity across a range of disciplines. The successful applicant should have a specific expertise in a discipline related to transplantation and be interested in supporting other scientists across a broad range of science related to transplantation. Academic rank, tenure, additional leadership opportunities, and resources will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

VTC clinical volumes are consistently in the top 10 in the United States, including the largest heart and combined heart-liver programs. Significant infrastructure projects are planned, including new, comprehensive office space for VTC, operating rooms, and a state-of-the-art Human Leukocyte Antigen laboratory. 

Scientific resources at VUMC are extensive and support approximately $500M in funding from the National Institutes of Health each year. These include BioVU, Vanderbilt’s biorepository of DNA linked to an extensive de-identified medical record interface, and the Center for Precision Medicine (CPM), a multidisciplinary team whose objective is to build a research platform that amasses, extracts, and curates information from healthcare records and integrates it with genetic information derived from a DNA repository.  

This position is co-sponsored by the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, and Biostatistics, all of which have research programs related to transplantation. The Surgical Research Laboratories support investigation into machine perfusion and xeno-based technologies to improve organ function prior to transplantation. The Department of Medicine hosts the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute and the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center. The Department of Biostatistics and the associated Center for Quantitative Sciences are recognized globally for expertise in statistical methodology and innovative analysis of large datasets.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Seth J. Karp, MD, Chair, Section of Sugical Sciences, and Director, VTC
W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Medicine
Yu Shyr, PhD, Chair, Department of Biostatistics