Dean of Graduate and
Postgraduate Studies &
Vice President for
The Rockefeller University (Rockefeller) invites applications
and nominations for the position of Dean of Graduate and
Postgraduate Studies and Vice President for Educational
The world’s leading biomedical research university, Rockefeller
draws top scientists and graduate students from around the world in
pursuit of one mission: to conduct science for the benefit of
humanity. Located in New York City, Rockefeller is organized around
70 individual faculty members, each of whom runs their own
independent laboratory and reports directly to the President. The
University has a lean administration with minimal bureaucracy to
ensure a nimble environment allowing scientists to pursue their
most innovative ideas. There are no formal departments, and
Rockefeller scientists focus on diverse facets of biomedical
research, including biochemistry and biophysics, cell biology,
genetics, cancer biology, immunology, neuroscience, evolutionary
biology, and computational biology.
Rockefeller scientists are remarkably productive and empowered
to perform at their best. The University has an unparalleled
concentration of researchers and trainees recognized with top
awards, including the world’s most prestigious biosciences
prizes: 26 Nobel Prizes (6 awarded in the last 21 years), 24
Lasker Awards, 20 National Medals of Science, 19 Gairdner Awards, 5
Breakthrough Prizes, and 4 MacArthur Fellowships. There are 39
members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the
National Academy of Medicine, 15 Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Investigators, and 7 fellows of The Royal Society.
Rockefeller’s beautifully landscaped 16-acre campus on the East
River in Manhattan consists of nine research buildings containing
more than 481,000 square feet of lab space, alongside
administrative and residential buildings. The University is home to
235 graduate students, 325 postdocs, and 1,325 staff. With a
research budget of $228 million, an operating budget of $400
million, and an endowment of $2.7 billion, the University fully
pays for all graduate students.
Reporting to University President Richard Lifton, the Dean of
Graduate and Postgraduate Studies & Vice President for
Educational Affairs will be a visionary leader who will work
collaboratively with senior leadership, Rockefeller’s dedicated and
prestigious faculty members, the Chief Diversity Officer, and
members of the campus at all levels to promote collaborative,
interdisciplinary, and innovative academic and research activities.
As a VP, the Dean is a member of the University’s Executive
Officers leadership team, comprising a total of nine VPs and
chaired by President Lifton. The Dean & VP will be passionate
and broadly knowledgeable about science, as well as innovative and
forward thinking about graduate education. In addition, the Dean
& VP must care deeply about students and postdocs and
demonstrate a strong record of effective mentoring/advising.
The Dean & VP will oversee a $13.7M operating budget and
will lead a team of six experienced and passionate individuals. The
Dean & VP will steer the strategic direction of the Dean's
David Rockefeller Graduate Program in Bioscience, the Chemers
Neustein Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF),
Outreach Program, the
Office of Professional Development, and the
KL2 Clinical Scholars Master's Degree Program. Essential
responsibilities include oversight of graduate program admissions
and recruitment, curriculum development, and student and postdoc
advising. The successful candidate will be expected to develop,
implement, evaluate, and modify activities to strengthen graduate
and postdoctoral training.
The full position announcement is available at https://bit.ly/RockefellerDean.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Interested
candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form
(Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred), a curriculum vitae
and a letter of interest to Rockefeller@russellreynolds.com.
Though all materials received will be reviewed, please submit
materials by September 20 for priority consideration.