Elevating Excellence & Transforming
Institutional Culture.
Through funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program, Vanderbilt FIRST (V-FIRST) is an initiative that seeks to build a thriving, diverse scientific faculty and a sustainable culture of inclusive excellence that enables high-impact scientific discoveries.
V-FIRST seeks to hire faculty in the following four thematic research areas:
  • Infection, Immunology, Inflammation, and Metabolism
  • Structural Biology and Imaging
  • Genetic and Omic Discovery and Health Disparities
  • Neuroscience
(we) Cultivate Inclusion
V-FIRST will implement bold and progressive policies that enhance diverse faculty hiring, retention, promotion, and tenure, and employ strategies to cultivate inclusivity, cohesion, and belonging.
(we) Cultivate Equity
Using an equity framework, V-FIRST will implement an inclusive faculty search process that proactively identifies early career scientists from marginalized backgrounds, equitably evaluates candidates, removes barriers to applying, provides well-resourced start-up packages, and delivers culturally responsive career development.
(we) Cultivate Transformation
V-FIRST will help transform Vanderbilt into an institution with a thriving, diverse scientific faculty and a sustainable institutional culture of inclusivity and excellence.
Please contact the V-FIRST leadership team to learn more about the program, open positions, and available resources: info@vanderbiltfirst.com.