Nazarbayev University School of Medicine, established in 2015, in the dynamic capital of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, is seeking faculty to be appointed as clinical departmental chairs in Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Anatomic Pathology.

The Clinical Departmental Chair (Director) is expected to provide visionary leadership of the department and to oversee the departmental strategic planning to improve the quality of the clinical, educational, and research programs. Such planning should be in accord with the overall vision for the University, the Medical School, and the affiliated hospitals of the Academic Medical Center (UMC).  The Chair is responsible for the academic development of the Department, the performance of its faculty in the principal areas of academic endeavors and the status of each of the hospital clinical units that is under the jurisdiction of the Department.

The Chair is also responsible for the overall planning and assessment of the quality of clinical programs within the Department and for attending to the Department’s service delivery capability insofar as it affects the academic program of the Department. This task normally is carried out in cooperation with the Chiefs of Clinical Service, and, as appropriate, the leaders of specialty programs within the discipline.

The successful candidate will have an MD, MBBS, or equivalent graduate/professional degree, a specialization in Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology or Anatomic Pathology, at least 15 years of post-specialization professional teaching and research experience and h-index normally of 5 (to be appointed as Assistant Professor), h-index normally of 15 (to be appointed as Associate Professor) or h-index normally of 25 to be appointed as Full Professor in NUSOM. Extensive management and administrative experience (more than 10 years) and research interests that complement the School Research priorities are also required.  Excellent communication skills and English fluency are required. Kazakh and/or Russian fluency are desirable.

NUSOM and its Academic Medical Center (UMC) is being developed in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). NUSOM offers a US-style curriculum taught in English. NUSOM’s mission is to educate a new generation of clinically skilled and research-focused physicians prepared for leadership positions in research, education, and clinical care to improve the health of individuals in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and around the world. The school graduated its inaugural class of MDs in Spring 2019. A highly competitive salary, benefits package with free housing (based on rank and family size), relocation allowance, home leave travel (twice per year), health care coverage, educational allowance for dependent children, and research start-up funds are available.

Applicants should forward by email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to Massimo Pignatelli, MD, PhD, Vice-President for Medicine and NUSOM Dean (, to Olga Levkovich, NUSOM Executive Director (, Nurgul Ularkhanova, UMC Head of HR Department ( ), no later than 30 November 2019.