Chair, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Monday, 8 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

DEPARTMENT Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

ORGANIZATION NAME College of Medicine and Health Sciences


Khalifa University is a world-class, research-intensive institution in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The University’s mission is to seamlessly integrate research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in science, engineering, and medicine, and also to be a catalyst towards Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision for a knowledge-based economy. Khalifa University has two campuses in the city of Abu Dhabi – the KU Main Campus and the Sas Al Nakhl Campus, the latter housing two of KU’s flagship research institutes: Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute.


The Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics is responsible for developing and implementing department plans and procedures, as well as ensuring the continuity of long-term planning and operational execution in the educational, clinical, research, and administrative activities of the department.


Strategic Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to the Department of Genetics
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the Department’s strategy, as well as its annual business plans
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the Department’s policies and procedures, in line with the overall business objectives of Khalifa University and the CMHS, ensuring they promote best practices and excellence
  • Oversee the development and management of the Department’s budgets, ensuring it is in alignment with the mission of Khalifa University and the CMHS
  • Provide departmental leadership in the areas of education, research, clinical operations, and service outreach
  • Participate in CMHS accreditation processes and its program of continuous quality improvement
  • Serve as a mentor and professional role model to students, faculty, and staff

Operational Responsibilities

Academic Programs and Policies

  • Work with the Dean, Associate Deans, and faculty to plan, develop, implement, assess, and improve courses, programs, and services that support the College’s academic mission
  • Formulate and support educational programs for the Department in coordination with affiliate partners
  • Ensure adequate support for all phases of the College’s education programs
  • Ensure the Department’s academic activities are in alignment with accreditation guidelines
  • Support the College’s medical student support services, including wellness and career guidance


  • Work with the Dean, Associate Deans, and Khalifa University’s Office of Research Support to develop research plans that align with the College’s mission and vision and address institutional priorities
  • Oversee and support the development of research and research training programs for the CMHS
  • Support and mentor departmental faculty who participate in research

Administrative & People Management

  • In consultation with the Dean and Associate Deans, actively work with the Office of Human Resources to recruit and retain high-quality faculty and staff for the Department
  • Manage faculty and staff by defining job expectations; plans, monitors, and appraises faculty and staff performance; coaches, counsels, and actively participates in the Department employees’ on-boarding, mentoring, and professional development
  • Schedule and assign faculty workload allowing for an appropriate mix of participation in the College’s academic, clinical, research, and service activities
  • Communicate the College’s and University’s strategic goals and new policy developments to employees of the Department
  • Recommend promotions, salary adjustments, and other personnel actions to the Dean and Associate Deans
  • Provide information or prepare reports as and when needed


  • Ensure adherence to the University’s information security policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Ensure coordination with other departments to facilitate the accomplishment of tasks and responsibilities, as and when needed
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Dean and his line managers

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provide coaching, guidance, and mentoring as required to enhance the internal capabilities of the team and ensure the achievement of established objectives and plans
  • Recommend appropriate training courses as per pre-determined training needs, evaluate their effectiveness, and monitor their results
  • Carry out performance appraisals for subordinates according to planned schedules and recommend necessary actions as per applied practices.
  • Conduct periodic meetings with subordinates to ensure that priorities are clear and workflow is running smoothly.
  • Follow up on employees’ administrative affairs such as vacations, leaves, and other administrative and related affairs


Required Qualifications

  • MD and/or Ph.D. in a relevant field of study
  • Qualified for faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or higher
  • Significant leadership experience as a chair, vice chair, division chief, or program director in a relevant medical school department

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completed at least 7 years of relevant academic experience, with at least 2 years in an administrative academic role
  • Demonstrable accomplishments in teaching, research, healthcare delivery, and/or service at a level commensurate of a Full Professor
  • Completion of a degree in management

Required Experiences

  • Strong record reflecting excellence in education, clinical practice, and/or research
  • Proven management experience, requisite expertise in working collaboratively with faculty members and medicine professionals, strong interpersonal skills, and a thorough understanding of university structure and culture are essential
  • Demonstrable ethical behavior, professionalism, interpersonal skills, leadership, and management abilities that are sufficient to effectively direct and develop staff and students

Preferred Experiences

  • Seven (7) or more years of experience in leading and successfully managing educational programs in a medical school, including 5 years of teaching experience at the level of Associate or Full Professor
  • Experience in health care management
  • Familiarity or experience with an education institution in the Middle East

HOW TO APPLY A complete application includes curriculum vitae, cover letter, photo, and the names and contact information of three references.

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

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