MD degree or equivalentBoard certification or eligibility in vascular surgeryCompetence in both open and endovascular techniques. The Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery at theUniversity of Florida is currently recruiting an academic vascularsurgeon to join the faculty and work at the Malcolm RandallVeterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. Theacademic medical center at the University of Florida College ofMedicine and UF Health Shands Hospital is the state’s tertiary carereferral center.The vascular surgeon will practice at the Malcolm Randall VAMedical Center (VAMC), located adjacent to UF Health ShandsHospital. The VAMC is a 239-bed hospital that serves veteransthroughout North Florida and South Georgia. The facility has astate-of-the-art fixed imaging hybrid endovascular operating suiteand serves as the second largest VA system in the country.The UF Division of Vascular Surgery is comprised of eightboard-certified surgeons that provide all the clinical care at UFHealth and the Malcolm Randall VAMC. The group is bothcollaborative and collegial while committed to the development ofthe junior faculty and surgical trainees. The Division has a verycompetitive Vascular Fellowship (5+2) with two trainees peryear.The Division has a solid infrastructure for clinical and basicscience research. The research efforts have paralleled the clinicalpractice, focusing on treatment paradigms and outcomes after aorticinterventions, lower extremity occlusive disease, dialysis access,mesenteric ischemia and “tertiary care”. The infrastructureincludes four research coordinators dedicated to clinical trials,quality improvement, and translational research. The group has beenan active participant in a number of device-related industrytrials, and maintains a nice working relationship with the majordevice companies. The Division has also been an active participantin the Vascular Quality Initiative and has taken a leadership rolein the region.This position represents a wonderful opportunity for the rightindividual given the clinical volume, research infrastructure,training program, and overall strength of the Division. The targetcandidate should have a strong clinical skill set and a passion foracademic vascular surgery. It is the expectation that they willcontinue to expand the clinical practice and foster the Division’snational reputation for patient care and clinical research.Minimum Qualifications: All applicants must apply for position athttps://facultyjobs.hr.ufl.edu/.Letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of three to fiveprofessional references are required with submission ofapplication.The Search Committee will accept applications until the position isfilled. Applications will be reviewed starting as soon as possibleafter the posting date.Primary (8/8th) appointment will be at Malcolm Randall VA MedicalCenter in Gainesville, Florida. Academic rank will be awarded basedupon the career stage and development of the candidate.Selected candidate will be required to provide three letters ofrecommendation and an official transcript to the hiring departmentupon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if adesignation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned froman education institution outside of the United States are requiredto be evaluated by a professional credentialing service providerapproval by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services(NACES), which can be found at http://naces.org/ .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
Swiss collective pension investment foundations (IFs) – Anlagestiftungen or fondations d’investissement – will in future be allowed to hold more than 50% of their assets in equities given the low-interest rate environment, according to a new draft law.Pension funds are also to be given more say in board decision-making at the foundations.Under current regulations, IFs offering mixed portfolios have to keep their equity allocation below 50% and are also restricted in diversifying into alternative asset classes.A new legal draft put forward by the Swiss federal government for consultation is now set to change this. The changes to the law governing the foundations – the ASV (Anlagestiftungsverordnung) – would allow them to have an equity weighting of more than 50% and also raise the cap on alternative assets to 25%.The federal government said these steps had become necessary in the current market environment.“The low interest rate environment has led to greater demand for investment vehicles with higher equity allocations, for example in the 1e plans,” Joseph Steiger, deputy divisional head for occupational pensions at the Federal Social Security Office (BSV), told IPE.“With the planned new regulation Anlagestiftungen can better serve these demands,” he added.Other proposals include allowing direct investments in alternative assets.In a statement, the BSV said that changes to the legal framework would help IFs compete with fund providers.The Anlagestiftung association KGAST welcomed the proposals, saying in a preliminary statement on the legal draft that changes had been long overdue and a problem since the law was passed back in 2012.“It has always been incomprehensible why Anlagestiftungen,which are operating for Pensionskassen, are disadvantaged in their investment options compared to their own investors – most of this will now be amended,” KGAST said.The association promised a more detailed assessment as part of the consultation phase, which ends on 14 December.Another major area of regulatory overhaul for the foundations is governance, with pension funds set to be given more say in the decision-making process.Steiger noted: “The aim is to strengthen the position of investors in general.”He said there were no particular cases which had triggered these amendments.“But the new regulation can help with clarifications in case of conflicts”, he said.Investment foundations – vehicles in which Pensionskassen pool their assets to invest in certain funds or direct investments – have exisited since the 1960s, but it was only in 2012 that a unified legal framework for these vehicles was created.Demand had increased in recent years, especially for real assets.Some focus on single asset classes such as real estate or infrastructure, while others offer mixed portfolios.