Chair, Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems

Chair, Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems (MaPS)

UMass Chan Medical School

Worcester, MA


University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (UMass Chan) seeks a collaborative, visionary, and distinguished scientist-leader and scholar to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems (MaPS). The Chair of MaPS reports to Terence Flotte, MD, dean, provost, executive deputy chancellor and chief research officer.


Founded more than 30 years ago, the Department of MaPS at UMass Chan has evolved into a unique and integrated hub of investigators who address both fundamental questions in microbiology and how pathogens interact with multiple levels of biological organization. Investigators in the Department utilize multidisciplinary approaches that integrate genomic, proteomic, high-resolution imaging, molecular and computational methodologies to characterize networks of host-microbe, both pathogenic and commensal, interactions at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. With the goal to address critical biological questions relevant to a broad range of diseases and encompassing multiple levels of biological organization.


The Department of MaPS operates as a fully functioning, independent department with 17 tenured or tenure-track faculty and 22 affiliated faculty. The Chair should lead an active internationally recognized research program in microbiology and/or infectious diseases. In addition, the Chair will be expected to maintain and expand research areas, garner support internally and externally to enhance resources, promote research partnerships within UMass Chan’s neighboring therapeutics institutes and clinical partners, and externally, continue to recruit and retain outstanding scholars, and champion the pioneering work of the Department locally, nationally, and internationally.


The Department is focused on recruiting and supporting students, postdocs, staff, and faculty from historically underrepresented backgrounds, and participating in a variety of on-going UMass Chan campus efforts ( The Department seeks a Chair that aligns with these goals and will provide strong leadership in the Department and the UMass Chan campus for these efforts.


UMass Chan has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent in confidence as noted at the end of this document.



Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be submitted on the Isaacson, Miller website:

Stephanie Fidel, Partner

Kristen Andersen, Senior Associate

Mia Carpiniello, Senior Associate


As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMass Chan recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.