Vice-Principal for Research

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
21 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Aberdeen is a broad-based, research-intensive University committed to its 1495 foundational purpose: “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others”.  The University has 21,350 students and 3,600 staff representing 130 nationalities and is ranked in the top 20 in two major league tables (Times, Guardian, 2022).
Outstanding in a wide range of discipline areas, Aberdeen’s research is at the centre of the University’s 2040 strategy.  With a particular focus on the strength of our academic disciplines and their interaction, our research profile is structured around five global challenges: Energy Transition; Health, Nutrition & Wellbeing; Data & Artificial Intelligence; Environment & Biodiversity; Social Inclusion & Cultural Diversity. 
The University is now seeking to appoint an exceptional individual to join the Senior Management Team of the University as Vice-Principal for Research.  Responsible to the Principal, the VP Research will provide strategic leadership across all aspects of institutional research strategy and policy and inspire the University community to make world-leading contributions to knowledge and impact. Along with the other members of the Senior Management Team, the VP Research will assist the Principal in achieving the University’s Aberdeen 2040 objectives of inclusiveness, interdisciplinarity, internationalisation and sustainability.
Good candidates will bring a proven track record of fostering and delivering a strong performance ethos within a research context, coupled with highly developed interpersonal and motivational skills.  A proven track record of efficient and effective management of resources alongside a world-leading reputation in their field of research will be important.  This should be evidenced through a sustained track record in attracting high levels of research funding and a deep understanding of the REF.  A commitment to an inclusive leadership approach will be essential. 
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the University of Aberdeen on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference WVBZD Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 12 October 2022.