Vice President for Research and Innovation Search

UC Office of the President


The University of California invites applications and nominations for the newly created position of Vice President for Research and Innovation (VP-R&I). In leading the re-structured Office of Research and Innovation, the VP-R&I will serve as an influential partner amongst a wide range of UC stakeholders dedicated to advancing the university's pre-eminence in research and innovation. In doing so, the VP-R&I will have the uniquely profound opportunity to develop new and enhance existing relationships among UC entities to further leverage the university's world-class strength in research on behalf of California, the nation and the world.

The VP-R&I is a transformational senior leader in the UC Office of the President, represents UC research in national leadership roles, and builds awareness of the public impact and economic value of the diversified UC research efforts at the state, national and international levels. The VP-R&I has an inclusive, empowering leadership style and a future-oriented perspective built from critical insight and analysis of state, national and international trends. The VP-R&I is a valued and valuable partner for the UC President and Provost in all efforts pertinent to supporting and advancing UC's research mission — to ever-increasing benefit to Californians and the world. Partnering with key leaders across the system, the VP-R&I works to bring together people and resources from across UC campuses and partner institutions around the world: to organize around common challenges and opportunities; advocate for research needs, policies and resources; and maximize the effectiveness and impact of research across the University of California and the state.

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Application Instructions

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via email is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications will remain confidential until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code UCOP-VP-R&I in the subject line

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