Vice President, Research

Halifax (County), Nova Scotia (CA)
06 Apr 2017
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06 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Vice President, Research
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Located in the vibrant, prosperous, ocean city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq First Nations people, Dalhousie University is a driver of Atlantic Canada’s intellectual, social, and economic development and one of Canada’s leading U15 research-intensive universities. 

Dalhousie is currently seeking a visionary and strategic leader as its next Vice President, Research (VPR) to build on its success, champion its areas of priority, and develop opportunities for research, scholarly and artistic work in new and emerging fields.

Dalhousie researchers are nationally and internationally recognized for their work, whether it’s ground breaking, thought-provoking or solving real-world issues - recent successes have included three Herzberg Prize winners and the largest federal research grant in the country of $94M for the Dal-led Ocean Frontier Institute. 

Dalhousie’s mission is threefold: to foster an environment of teaching and learning excellence, built on innovation, collaboration, and respect; to create a hub of world-leading research and innovation, adding to the intellectual, social, and economic capital of its communities; and to facilitate opportunities for its students, staff, and faculty to connect with and serve its local, national, and global communities.

Reporting to the President, and working closely with the Provost, Vice Presidents, Deans and colleagues across the university, the VPR promotes and champions research excellence within a multi-disciplinary environment. As Dalhousie’s leading research advocate, the VPR promotes all forms of scholarly endeavour, helping researchers to secure ongoing support and investments from all sources, including the three national granting councils, industry, foundations and other funding partners. The VPR manages the Research Office staff, ensuring that faculty and students are engaged and well-served.

As the ideal candidate, you are a strategic leader and an established scholar. You have had considerable success guiding research initiatives and teams and securing grants that, ideally, span multiple disciplines. You are passionate about fostering research success in others and have a track record of championing graduate and post-doctoral research. You are considered by peers, staff and students to be a skilled leader, mentor, and administrator with a commitment to supporting individual and team research initiatives. Positive, creative, and energetic, you are a compelling advocate for research excellence who can credibly develop, promote, and deliver on a vision of research growth at Dalhousie. You are an engaging and respected relationship builder who has demonstrated success identifying and seizing opportunities to secure research investments and creating partnerships and collaborations with internal and external stakeholders, nationally and internationally.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

For further information about this position, please contact Michael Naufal and Jessa Chupik at

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.