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T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion Endowed Chair 


Assistant, Associate or Full Professor 


The Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences ( is committed to  academic, scientific, and clinical excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. 

The T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego invites applications  for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate or Full Professor position. Candidates  with non-tenured appointments will also be considered for appointment as a T. Denny Sanford  Endowed Chair in Empathy and Compassion Research. 

The Sanford Institute seeks candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them  to contribute to our commitment to excellence, diversity, and inclusion in higher education.  Candidates are expected to establish a rigorous program of high-quality research and to pursue  research and teaching activities aligned with the mission of the Sanford Institute for Empathy and  Compassion. An interest in contributing to empathy and compassion mentoring programs at UC San  Diego is also expected. 

Candidates must have a PhD in health sciences or related fields and/or MD degree or equivalent.  Candidates with an MD must have or be eligible for a California medical license or equivalent  certification/permit as determined by the Medical Board of California and have be board eligible or  certified in their related field. 

Preference will be given to outstanding scholars who: (a) conduct basic or applied research relevant  to the understanding of empathy and/or compassion, (b) have made contributions relevant to the  field of social psychology/neuroscience, and (c) demonstrate the potential for future contributions to  this field of study. 

Successful candidates will hold a primary appointment in a UC San Diego department, with the  department determined by mutual interest of candidate and department. 

The appropriate series and appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor Rank  based on candidate's experience and qualifications. Series will include Ladder Rank, In-Residence  with secured extramural funding and Clinical X. 

A link to full descriptions of the series is provided for your review: 

Ladder Rank Professor - see: 220.pdf 

In-Residence Professor - see: 270.pdf

Clinical X Professor - see: 275.pdf 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.  Appointments may require candidates to be self-funded. As a member of the Health Sciences  Compensation Plan, the appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional  activities and clinical moonlighting is expressly prohibited. Additional information can be found  here: 

Assistant Professor (tenure-track): Applications must be submitted through the University of  California San Diego's Academic Personnel RECRUIT system at: 

Associate or Full Professor (tenured): Applications must be submitted through the University of  California San Diego's Academic Personnel RECRUIT system at: 

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the  advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic  excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work  and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination,  exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for  academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the  form entitled “Authorization to Release” into RECRUIT as part of their application. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified  applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,  sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.