Vice President for Research

Syracuse University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for Vice President for Research. Reporting to the Provost and serving as a vital member of the university’s senior team, the Vice President for Research will provide vision, innovation and bold leadership to build on the successes of distinguished faculty, research and discovery across this Carnegie R1 research university. The new Vice President will partner with senior leadership and faculty to create and realize an ambitious new vision for the research enterprise to move the institution to another level and to be proactive in addressing the challenging national and global research environment.


Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, co-educational research institution with a proud tradition of providing an environment in which students from diverse backgrounds come together. Over 21,000 students are enrolled in nationally-ranked undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the university’s 13 schools and colleges. The university has approximately 1,700 full- and part-time tenured or tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty.


Syracuse University is committed to advancing research and scholarship in disciplinary, interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary endeavors by supporting a wide range of scholarship, including activities poised to address pressing global needs, basic research that advances fundamental understanding, and curiosity-driven inquiry. Collaborative scholarship that transcends colleges, departments, disciplines and institutional boundaries further enhances Syracuse University’s research profile, bringing a rich diversity of voices, expertise and perspectives to bear on the increasingly complex and multifaceted challenges facing the world. Faculty and student researchers engage together to expand the parameters of knowledge and amplify the university’s impact on the local community and global society. Their groundbreaking research ranges from detecting gravitational waves emanating from deep space, developing smart biomaterials for curing challenging diseases, and mitigating threats via cybersecurity to enhancing the impact of interdisciplinary humanities, curating an exhibition of Michelangelo’s drawings and simulating environmental effects for architectural spaces.


Candidates should hold a terminal degree in their respective fields and demonstrate a strong track record in scholarly publications, entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, strategic planning, program building and success in obtaining external research support. The ideal candidate will possess deep knowledge about diverse funding sources and display innovative solutions to support research endeavors across disciplines and approaches; strong administrative leadership skills to bolster key infrastructure and enhance research capacity; exceptional ability to advance an organization’s research mission; and evidence of fostering internal and external collaborative partnerships.


Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at These materials should be sent via e-mail to Syracuse’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Joyce DeLeo, Alexis Von Kunes Newton and Brian Bloomfield at email address The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.


Syracuse University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.