Vice Chancellor – Office of Research

Position Description

UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for the Vice Chancellor – Office of Research.  The Vice Chancellor reports directly to the Chancellor.  The Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) is expected to bring broad vision and executive leadership to campus-wide research policy, planning, initiatives, coordination and compliance. The VCR, in close collaboration with the Chancellor and the faculty, has responsibility for ensuring the research preeminence of UC Davis. The VCR will be responsible for building and leading an exceptional administrative team that will provide direction in the following areas: strategic planning; advancement of key research initiatives; corporate research relations, interdisciplinary research and strategic initiatives, technology management, and translation of UC Davis research into knowledge and technology of significant public benefit.

The VCR advances the research mission of UC Davis 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 possibilities created by UC Davis research for advancing efforts to enhance the quality of life regionally, nationally and internationally.

The VCR also exercises leadership at the local, state, national and international levels - representing the university to external agencies, serving as a legislative liaison and promoting cooperative research arrangements with governments, industry, foundations, universities and other organizations. The VCR oversees intramural research support including the equipment match program; the indirect cost return program; the bridge program; and the publication assistance program.

The VCR participates in and leads campus-wide policy and program decisions through membership on the Chancellor's Leadership Council, Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors, Administrative Coordinating Council of Deans and other committees, councils and work groups related to campus-wide policy and programs in general and research in particular. In addition, the VCR participates in and lead University-wide policy and program decisions through membership on the Council of Vice Chancellors for Research, University-wide Council on Research, and other councils and committees; serves as the "Institutional Official" under UC Davis' Federal-wide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects; serves as the "Deciding Official" at UC Davis regarding research misconduct and compliance; and serves as Affirmative Action and Diversity Unit Official for the Office of Research.

The successful candidate will have national or international distinction as a scholar, researcher and educator with a scholarly and teaching record appropriate for a position as full professor at UC Davis. In addition, the Vice Chancellor will be a visionary and strategic thinker; have demonstrated ability for leadership and management; the ability to work with faculty to develop a vision and strategy within an environment of shared governance; experience in building partnerships internally and externally; demonstrated financial and administrative skills; ability to transform the research enterprise at UC Davis and increase total research awards; demonstrated ability to foster strong partnerships and collaborations with government, industry and other research enterprises; an appreciation of the dual research and educational missions of a major research university; ability to grow the research enterprise; knowledge and understanding of federal regulations and research compliance policies, procedures and requirements; the ability to foster research while maintaining the highest integrity and commitment to compliant research activitiesa deep commitment to diversity and inclusion; a record of success in obtaining extramural funding and philanthropic support; and a collaborative spirit.  He/she will possess the political acumen and diplomatic skills to forge productive partnerships. Finally, the successful candidate will share the University’s Principles of Community, which are characterized by respect, integrity, openness and responsiveness and by consultation and collaboration.

The recruitment advisory committee, chaired by Ken Burtis, Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost, is composed primarily of faculty, staff and students.

David Bellshaw of the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting the recruitment advisory committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position. Advertisements will be placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and with other leading organizations.

Nomination and Application Process

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to Alanya Green, from Isaacson, Miller at with the subject line “UCD – VC-RESEARCH.”

Members of the campus community are encouraged to send comments about the qualifications the university should be looking for in candidates for this position. Emails should be sent to:

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by December 15, 2017

The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.