Vice Chancellor for Research

University of California Santa Cruz
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 3, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR). The VCR serves as the Chief Research Officer of the University and is charged with advancing the research mission of UC Santa Cruz by providing support services and resources that: enhance research and other creative endeavors; foster partnerships and collaborations with government, industry, and other research enterprises; develop infrastructure and policy that promote creativity and an entrepreneurial culture; provide policies and educational programs that promote a culture of innovation and the highest ethical standards; and communicate to the general public and state, national and international decision-makers the discoveries, innovations, creative expressions, and scholarship created by UC Santa Cruz.

A member of the prestigious 10-campus University of California System, UC Santa Cruz has earned worldwide distinction through its commitment to high-impact research and creative scholarship, innovative teaching of graduate and undergraduate students, and engaged public service that benefits our communities and the world. Since its founding in 1965, UC Santa Cruz has been on an unprecedented trajectory. From being the first in the world to assemble the DNA sequence of the human genome and make it publicly available, to marking a new era in astronomy by being the first to observe merging neutron stars, UC Santa Cruz researchers and experts have been at the forefront of major achievements that create new paradigms and effect change around the world. The quality and quantity of UCSC's research activities have resulted in steadily increasing public and private support, enabling UC Santa Cruz scholars to contribute significantly to the body of research that has made the University of California the foremost public university system in the world. UC Santa Cruz's FY2022 extramural research expenditures surpassed $214 million, and the expenditures are increasing 10 percent year over year. The University's FY2023 operating revenues are expected to be $935M.

Reporting to the Chancellor and working closely with the Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, the VCR oversees campus research compliance including IRB, IACUC, research ethics, research misconduct, export control, and foreign influence. The VCR manages the budget and the operations of the Office of Research, promoting the highest quality research and creative activities by providing assistance in proposal development and submission; administering all externally sponsored contracts and grants; performing award negotiation; and processing and facilitating licensing, patenting, and technology transfer.

The successful candidate for this position will be an experienced, strategic, and visionary leader with an earned doctorate and the academic credentials required for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of professor in an academic department of the University. The candidate of choice will also have a documented record of extramurally funded research and significant individual research accomplishment. A record of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a collaborative and respectful demeanor; effective communication skills; and the interest in and ability to interact successfully with internal and external constituencies, including government and industrial entities, are desired. Competitive candidates for this role will appreciate all scholarly disciplines and have experience in fostering interdisciplinary research and supporting cross-campus projects or programs. Technology transfer and commercialization; entrepreneurial activities; conflict of interest; sponsored programs; and competitive grant processes, procedures, and regulations are among the most important domains the successful candidate will have had prior experience leading.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the long-format position profile linked here.

Salary Range: Salary for the role is currently anticipated to range from $345,000 to $410,000, commensurate with experience. UC Santa Cruz also offers a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

Applications for this position will be accepted until March 30, 2023. A complete application will include a detailed cover letter expressing your interest and qualifications for the position; a current CV; and a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additional information on the DEI statement can be found here.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and expressions of interest to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Brian Bustin, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: UCSC Equal Employment Opportunity webpage (


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