Vice President for Research

Vice President for Research

Auburn University


Auburn University seeks a strategic, creative, collaborative leader and scholar to serve as Vice President for Research.  The Vice President will be responsible for all aspects of research across the University and will report directly to the Senior Vice President/Provost.  The selected candidate will be responsible for the strategic advancement of research at Auburn University.  Please visit for detailed information about this opportunity.


Primary responsibilities will include:  (1) elevating the research mission of the University; (2) coordinating research activities and enhancing collaboration across the University and with regional partners; (3) engaging key components of the University, including the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Vice President for Economic Development and Industry Relations, academic units, and institutional research centers and institutes; (4) coordinating research initiatives involving state, federal, and private stakeholders, and (5) promoting intellectual property and innovation.  The Vice President for Research will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet as the chief academic research officer for the University as shown in the administrative organizational chart.  Campus units reporting to the Vice President for Research include Sponsored Programs, Proposal Services and Faculty Support, Research Compliance, University Veterinarian, and Electronic Research Administration.


Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions, and in 2018 was ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2017 enrollment of 29,776 students includes 23,964 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, student engagement, and welcoming campus.


The city of Auburn is a thriving, nationally acclaimed community, with a moderate climate and ready access to major cities and recreational areas. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika and Columbus, Georgia statistical areas host a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems, outstanding recreation facilities and advanced medical services.


Qualifications for the position include exceptional performance in providing strategic, innovative, and operational leadership to a comprehensive research enterprise.  The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate or equivalent and a distinguished record of scholarship and institutional service that would support an appointment to the academic rank of Professor with tenure.  Requisite skills must include effective multidisciplinary engagement, excellent communications skills, commitment to scholarly advancement, and a record of productive relationships with a variety of funding entities.  Because of the diverse and occasionally sensitive nature of Auburn University’s research portfolio, the successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen and must obtain federal security clearance upon appointment.


Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Electronic submissions of all nominations and applications are encouraged.  Those with interest in this position should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of application referencing the position description to:


Search Committee – Vice President for Research

Attention: Managing Director

Breckenridge Partners


Initial review of candidates will begin after September 1, 2018 and will continue until a qualified candidate is appointed.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer