Virginia Tech is seeking an outstanding leader to become the Director of the newly configured Fralin Life Sciences Institute (FLSI). This is an extraordinary opportunity to join the senior research and innovation leadership team at Virginia Tech. Reporting to the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Executive Director will have the opportunity to shape the Institution with a new vision and programs, leveraging considerable existing strength. The successful candidate must be a compelling leader whose passion for the Institute’s research and scholarly missions will energize faculty, students, and staff to focus their efforts on a strategic vision of excellence in all missions. The new Director must also be a competent and prudent steward of the Institute, guiding it through what will almost certainly be uncharted change in the sponsored research environment in the years ahead. The new Director must be a respected leader who is operationally savvy and highly knowledgeable about cutting-edge research, funding opportunities, and trends and knows what it takes to sustain and build a thriving research enterprise.
About the Fralin Life Sciences Institute: The FLSI is an instrument of strategic university investment whose mission is to enhance the quality, quantity, and competitiveness of life science research, education, and outreach within Virginia Tech. The Institute’s mission is to augment opportunities for cooperative and productive research among various groups and individuals within focused research themes through targeted investment. The Institute currently manages funding that supports research activities in five major facilities on the Virginia Tech campus. New investments are expected to embrace systems approaches that take full advantage of the interface of theoretical, experimental and computational science. Several of the interdisciplinary research groups actively supported by the Institute are the Global Change Center, Coastal@VT, Infectious Disease, Drug Discovery & Development, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Translational Plant Sciences. The Institute is responsible for research facilities that include mass spectrometry, a nucleotide sequencing core, imaging, and state-of-the-art high-performance computing facilities.
About Virginia Tech: Founded as a land-grant institution in 1872, Virginia Tech is Virginia’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, as well as one of only six senior military colleges in the nation. With 1,520 full time instructional faculty, Virginia Tech offers 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 34,950 students and manages an annual research portfolio of more than $531 million. Its consolidated operating budget for 2019-20 is $1.66 billion. The University offers bachelor’s degree programs through its seven undergraduate academic colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Natural Resources and Environment, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. Virginia Tech offers master’s and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School and a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine became the University’s ninth college in July 2018. Virginia Tech ranks 30th in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of national public universities. The College of Engineering is the 5th largest producer of engineering graduates, with undergrad programs ranking 13th in the nation. For more information about Virginia Tech, visit www.vt.edu.
Send applications (curriculum vitae and detailed cover letter), nominations, and inquiries to the email address below. For priority consideration, please apply by November 1, 2019.
Paul Chou and Josh Ward, Ph.D.
Korn Ferry Global Education Practice
Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility https://oea.vt.edu/.