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University of Utah Associate Vice President for Research for Science & Policy (AVPRSP) in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 12/21/2023

Requisition Number PRN37261B

Job Title Associate Vice President

Working Title Associate Vice President for Research for Science & Policy (AVPRSP)

Job Grade EXE

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00639 - VP for Research

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Negotiable

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Office of the Vice President for Research ( VPR ) seeks a dynamic partner to serve as an Associate Vice President for Research as the Associate Vice President for Research for Science & Policy ( AVPRSP ) at 1.0 FTE . The VPR reports to the President of the University of Utah (UofU). The VPR oversees 16 administrative units who are committed to providing quality support, resources, and strategic investments to the UofU’s research community. This is an inaugural position and would collaborate with three other Associate Vice Presidents for Research ( AVPR ) teams under the VPR . This position has the potential of carrying an academic appointment, but it is not a requirement. If the candidate is seeking an academic appointment, then hiring will be coordinated with the recruiting home college & department.

The position will play a pivotal role in formulating and integrating plans to expand existing areas of UofU research strengths. This will be accomplished by partnering with key stakeholders in the state, federal, or industry sectors while also steering the research enterprise towards emerging technology and markets


Work with the VPR , the AVPRs and staff on realizing the vision and mission of the VPR’s public engagement and research impact goals; to lead, grow and support the research activities on campus. Represent the VPR office across the entire campus and at local and national meetings. Work closely with the VPR on developing and implementing strategic plans for growing the UofU research portfolio efficiently and effectively.

Essential Functions include:

Identify robust interdisciplinary research areas that are primed to intersect with the highest level of strategic funding opportunities. Determine best operating infrastructure, administrative support needs, and key stakeholders for engagement. Develop short- and long-term sustainability plans to grow the area of strength and to position the UofU to offer a leading research epicenter for emerging technologies and applications.

Engage with faculty to create and enhance research infrastructure to grow interdisciplinary pursuits with external partners that align with the societal impact and economic development goals of the UofU. Lead the UofU established Institutes and VPR supported HUBs; interdisciplinary research groups poised to expand their impact and competitiveness for federally sponsored center grants.

Liaise between the VPR and the non-profit UofU research affiliated org with an emphasis on economic engagement.

Oversee a corporate development and engagement specialist that will assist with driving industry partnerships towards research programs and initiatives that focus on workforce development and economic impact.

Strategic planning, problem solving, and direct input into building and maintaining organization structures within or affiliated with the UofU.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of federal, state, foundation, and industry funding agencies. The AVPRSP should have expertise and experience starting and/or leading large, collaborative research organizational structures such as an academic institute, national laboratory programs, agency related experience or a non-profit affiliate university organization such as a University Affiliated Research & Development Center, a Federally Funded Research & Development Center, etc. In addition, the candidate should have experience with innovative research development programs, and research administration. Strong organizational and communication skills are essential, including the ability to work with faculty, staff and students across campus, external state, federal and industry partners, and with senior University leaders. The candidate must also have demonstrated success in grant writing.

The candidate will be familiar with non-biomedical and biomedical research and have demonstrated strengths in interdisciplinary research partnerships/relationships. A PhD, MD or other terminal degree is preferred, or equivalent years of experience.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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