Vice Provost for Research Translation and Entrepreneurship

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
23 Mar 2023
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22 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks an entrepreneurial and skilled leader to serve as the Vice Provost for Research Translation and Entrepreneurship. The Vice-Provost for Research Translation and Entrepreneurship (VP-RTE) will provide positive and collaborative leadership in research innovation, translation, industry and community engagement, and enterprise development. They will work closely with the deans and other members of the Provost Office to identify, foster, and promote ideas with potential for translation and positive societal and commercial impact. The VP-RTE will also need to collaborate with similar offices at NYU NY and will require coordination with NYU NY to develop policies and guidelines. A key element will include a strong collaboration with startAD, overseeing the development of startAD, a global accelerator steering seed-stage technology start-us in the UAE and with a strong relationship to NYUAD. The VP-RTE will lead the formulation of strategy and processes to drive forward research innovation, industrial interactions, and enterprise development at NYUAD. They will convene and stakeholders, establish new approaches to grow industry engagement and translation, lead necessary culture changes and promote the University’s research activity and its application on national and global stages.

The VP-RTE will be coming to a university that is growing and ambitious for its future and playing a pivotal role in the development of Abu Dhabi.  NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. The global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities. NYUAD’s current academic strategy seeks to bolster innovative and high caliber research; provide transformative and innovative undergraduate and graduate education; and foster development, innovation, and engagement that will have a positive societal impact in Abu Dhabi and beyond. 


The VP-RTE reports to the Provost of NYUAD. The successful candidate will have a record of successful leadership in research and innovation in academia and/or industry.
They will bring demonstrated achievements in applied research or translation in any domain relevant to NYUAD, and a commitment to and vision for interdisciplinary activity and global education.
Experience in innovation, commercialization, and working in or closely with industry will be a required experience. 

Application Instructions

NYUAD has retained the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important recruitment. Interested applicants should submit a current CV/resume and statement of interest to the website:  Nomination and inquiries should also be submitted to the same website.   Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process.

NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity (IDBE). For more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values create fundamental to our mission please visit

We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University, including women, underrepresented minorities, and UAE nationals.

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