Chair, Department of Pharmacology - CWRU School of Medicine

The School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Pharmacology. The Department has a long history of outstanding research including the work of multiple Nobel Laureates ( CWRU seeks an outstanding scientist with the skills and vision necessary for developing and strengthening a department with an innovative research program that integrates basic pharmacological research with other School of Medicine (SOM) and University departments. Importantly, the candidate will have the opportunity to continue to develop and foster strong translational and disease-impacting programs in the department and with CWRU faculty at our affiliate hospital programs: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic (including the Lerner Research Institute), MetroHealth Medical Center, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. The Department has an outstanding education portfolio with graduate and medical education programs that significantly contribute to the mission and overall strength of the SOM. The department graduate training program emphasizes core competencies, diversity and career development.

The Department has strong collaborative efforts and membership in the Case Center for Synchrotron Biosciences, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Visual Sciences Research Center, the Cleveland Center for Membrane and Structural Biology, and the Cleveland Brain Health Institute (see Diversity and inclusive excellence is an important cornerstone for the SOM and all applicants will be expected to be a strong proponent of this SOM commitment. The Chair will be supported by a competitive recruitment package that includes substantial support for additional faculty recruitments to the Department.

The campus at CWRU encourages and facilitates collaborative interactions among scientists in the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, including Biomedical Engineering, Nursing, Dentistry, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Extensive expertise exists in protein structure, drug discovery and development, metabolomics, NMR and Cryo-EM, neurodegeneration, genomics and epigenetics. The new chair will be expected to capitalize on these and other resources to build cross-institutional collaborative research and educational programs. While it is expected that the chair will continue their commitment to research and training in their field of interest, the chair is also expected to recruit and train a diverse cohort of faculty who offer a breadth of perspectives and approaches to scientific interrogation that reflect this diversity, and to focus on career development for all trainees and faculty.

The SOM research mission is supported by excellent core facilities that include: high-throughput drug screening; genomics & sequencing; proteomics; metabolomics; induced pluripotent stem cell production; transgenic animal model development; behavioral testing; physiological phenotyping; human and small animal imaging; super-resolution microscopy; flow cytometry; structural biology, including cryo-EM; data management; biostatistics; and computational biology & bioinformatics.

Applicants must have an MD and/or PhD or equivalent degree, with a record of scientific achievement recognized at the national/international level by peer review and recommendations, demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills, and a commitment to the education and mentorship of both students and faculty with attention to underrepresented individuals at all levels. Appointment as a Professor of Pharmacology with tenure is anticipated.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest addressing research, educational, administrative and leadership goals to: Walter Boron MD, PhD, Pharmacology Chair Search Committee, c/o Lesa Goodman (

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.