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Director, Diabetes Research Center

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Date posted
Apr 8, 2024

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Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time

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School of Health Professions

Birmingham, Alabama


The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks its next Director of the Diabetes Research Center (DRC or Center). UAB has one of the nation’s largest academic health science centers – comprising the schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, nursing, health professions, and public health, as well as the UAB Health System – the country's third largest public hospital system. An R1 institution, UAB received more than $774 million in research grants and extramural awards in FY2023 and is charting a path to $1 billion in research expenditures.

Situated at the epicenter of the ‘Diabetes Belt’ and marked by the highest rates of diabetes in the United States, the UAB DRC is the sole National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)-funded DRC in the southernmost United States. The DRC is housed within the School of Health Professions (SHP) and is a multidisciplinary operation with over 150 investigators from UAB’s schools of health professions, medicine, and public health. In June 2023, the DRC received news that its competitive grant had been renewed for another five years.

In this key role, the Director will be a visible leader on campus, promoting and steering diabetes research initiatives and helping to develop the next generation of researchers focused on diabetes. The successful Director will bring experience leading a robust research portfolio and have a track record of success in securing competitive federal grants, mentorship, and partnership development. The Director must have generosity of spirit in collaborating with and organizing others around the DRC’s mission and strategic goals, the ability to strategically steward resources, and a keen eye for innovative research ideas. Minimum qualifications include an MD, MD/PhD, or PhD in a relevant field and established research in a diabetes-related area.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to support the search. Please submit all inquiries, nominations, and applications (including CVs and letters of interest) through the Isaacson, Miller website:



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