The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is recruiting a dynamic leader to serve as the inaugural Research Director of the Brain & Behavioral Research (BRAIN) Research Hub. At the University of Utah, Hubs are designed to respond to grand challenges through (1) increasing external grant activity, (2) facilitating creative and scholarly work, and (3) developing interdisciplinary research communities.
The VPR seeks a Research Director with experience working in or with federally funded agencies, including organizations such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Endowment for the Humanities, and/or National Endowment for the arts. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will be comfortable taking on significant responsibilities including identifying promising funding opportunities, supporting team-based research, and overseeing and managing the BRAIN Hub budget.
To achieve these goals, the BRAIN Hub has a budget to support seed grant programs, team-based science programs, and the development of infrastructure. The BRAIN Hub is launching in tandem with another hub (Data Science & Ethics of Technology Research Hub) that will also have a Research Director. A strategic goal of the VPR is to increase the number of proposals submitted by investigative teams and the Hubs will serve as a key point of support and positive momentum. Reporting to the VPR, Research Directors of Hubs will enhance synergy and support team-based research. Additional hubs will launch in the years ahead; collaboration among/between hubs is a key part of advancing interdisciplinary research at the University of Utah.
University of Utah Job ID# PRN31011B 00639 - VP for Research
COMPENSATION: $103,700 to $148,100
WORK SCHEDULE: M-F, 8-5p
1. Identify external funding opportunities in the areas of brain and behavioral research.
2. Initiate, support, and/or lead team-based funding applications.
3. Facilitating creative and scholarly work.
4. Developing interdisciplinary research communities.
5. Overseeing and managing the BRAIN Hub budget.
The successful candidate will:
- Respond to external calls to address grand challenges Discuss, support, provide strategic guidance, and/or lead potential projects. Foster research collaborations with the University of Utah community of researchers in the brain and behavioral research space.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency; 8-10 years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
- An individual with an advanced degree (MA, MS, or PhD) in field related to brain and behavioral research is strongly preferred Strong background with brain and behavioral research is preferred. 10 years of experience at or working directly with a federally funded agency. Prior leadership experience. Self-motivated – able to move projects forward independently when needed. Collaborative – able to work interactively on projects with a variety of researchers to facilitate team-based research. Articulate – able to discuss research design and results effectively with research and technical teams.