Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Department Chair and Professor (tenure track)


Department Chair and Professor (tenure track).


Dependent on qualifications and experience


PhD required and DVM with specialty board certification in veterinary anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, or microbiology preferred. Candidates are expected to have had substantial administrative experience, preferably of an academic department, a strong extramurally funded research program, and evidence of excellence in professional and/or graduate academic teaching.  Candidates must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere.  Applications are desired from candidates who have enthusiasm for investigative transdisciplinary and translational research in areas that integrate with existing research strengths of the department, School, and UC Davis campus.


The Department Chair, as the Executive Officer of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, is part of the senior leadership team of the School and responsible to the Chancellor through the Dean of the School. As the academic leader of a vibrant group of faculty and staff, the Chair is expected through administrative, fiscal, and personnel management responsibilities, and mentorship of the department's faculty, staff and students, to achieve excellence in the department's teaching, research, and service missions. The Chair should guide the departmental vision, for building robust transdisciplinary research programs within the department and collaboratively across the School and campus. This includes acquisition of training and programmatic grants, development of corporate/industry relationships, and participation in development opportunities that support the research mission. Integration of the research programs with a commitment to excellence in training veterinarians, and veterinary and biomedical scientists should foster innovation in professional and graduate education, including leadership in recruiting graduate students and residents. Through active mentorship, the Chair is expected to nurture the professional development and academic growth of individuals within the department. Beyond representing the interests of department personnel, the Chair must communicate effectively with people at all levels of the university, industry and private sectors, and provide inspirational leadership for the department's programs with a steadfast commitment to enhancing the overall excellence and reputation of the School.

As a Professor, the Chair is expected to teach in the DVM and/or graduate academic curricula, maintain a creative, independent and productive research program providing leadership in directing research of graduate students and residents, and contribute to University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, continuing education and other appropriate means.

The University of California is one of the largest and most renowned centers of higher education in the world. The faculty of the University are internationally known for their distinguished academic achievements. UC Davis is ranked 10th nationally among public universities in research funding. The campus lies adjacent to the city of Davis, 14 miles west of Sacramento, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 110 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. The city of Davis has a population of 65,000 and is situated in a beautiful pastoral setting. The University’s student population is approximately 32,000.


To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by May 1, 2012; position opened until filled. Submit applications with: 1) letter of interest; 2) curriculum vita; 3) concise statement of administrative experience, current and future research plans, and teaching experience; and 4) names of three references (including addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) to:  Michael D. Lairmore, Dean, c/o Cherie Felsch, (, Personnel Manager, School of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Office, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.

The University of California, Davis are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.  The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.