Applications invited for position of Chair of Genetics and Medical Genetics

The University of Wisconsin invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the combined Departments of Genetics and Medical Genetics in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) respectively, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The Departments of CALS Genetics and SMPH Medical Genetics are collectively referred to as “The Laboratory of Genetics”.  Each is embedded in its own school/college, but have integrated many of their academic functions and share a common departmental leader.

The Laboratory of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison integrates strength across molecular, cellular, developmental, population, and evolutionary genetics and genomics to understand fundamental biological processes. The department administers a highly successful NIH graduate training program in genetics and oversees one of the most popular undergraduate majors on campus. The Laboratory of Genetics is the oldest genetics program in the country, with a history that includes two Nobel laureates, 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and nine presidents of the Genetics Society of America.  The University of Wisconsin–Madison is renowned for its strength in biological research, including allied fields of biochemistry, biostatistics, and computer science, and population health sciences, as well as for its stimulating, collegial and collaborative atmosphere.

We seek a recognized leader with an outstanding academic background, strong research credentials, demonstrated commitment to education, experience in mentoring faculty at all levels, and proven effective leadership and management skills.  The Chair will provide professional and administrative leadership of the highest quality to this distinguished department in all of its missions.

The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the future of genetics, medical genetics and genomics in a leading academic institution.  Candidates must have a PhD or MD/ PhD degree or equivalent in Genetics, Medical Genetics, or a closely related field, and be familiar with training programs in genetics for undergraduate, graduate, genetic counseling, medical, and other health professional students, including evidence of exemplary teaching.  Candidates must have an outstanding scientific background, including a federally funded state-of-the-art research program that complements the existing strengths in the Departments of Genetics and Medical Genetics, and excellent academic credentials that meet the standards for a tenured faculty appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Send a letter of application or nomination, with curriculum vitae, to Richard Gourse, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Petty, M.D., Co-Chairs of the Genetics & Medical Genetics Chair Search Committee, c/o Jamie Edge, 4150 HSLC, 750 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI, 53705-2111,

Applications from minorities and women are encouraged.  To receive full consideration, applications should arrive by December 1, 2013.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Wisconsin Caregiver Law applies. The University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. For more information:,

PVL #:  76934