Vice-President of the University of Luxembourg in charge of research 

Luxembourg (LU)
14 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University of Luxembourg: Leading by research

Vice-President of the University of Luxembourg in charge of research 

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the first and only university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual and international, it is a modern institution with a friendly atmosphere. The primary focus of the University is research and the bulk of the degrees offered are at masters and doctoral level. It undertakes work in a broad range of disciplines and was ranked joint first for its international outlook in the THE World University Rankings 2016 and this is reflected in the composition of both staff and student bodies. 

The University has three academic faculties devoted to first-rate teaching and research: the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication; the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; and the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education. It also has three interdisciplinary centres, which foster research excellence and knowledge transfer: the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.

The Vice-President Research of the University oversees all research-related activities. Reporting to the President, the Vice-President Research will have a decisive and forward-looking role in defining the vision and strategy for the institution’s research activities. As a member of the senior management team, s/he will provide strategic leadership for the research activities across all three academic faculties and three interdisciplinary centres. Key responsibilities will also include evaluation and improvement of research quality and helping to secure funding. The candidate will also be an ambassador for the organisation. This role is crucial to the University’s evolution as a world-class research-led institution.

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work “up, down and across” the organisation and bring the empathy and sensitivity to build constructive relationships with academic and managerial colleagues across all faculties and centres. They should have the stature and the credibility to build and maintain a wide range of internal and external relationships with research communities, industry players and the government, promoting the University’s excellent research and enhancing its reputation. Furthermore, they should bring a performance-oriented working style and innovative and visionary thinking with regard to strategic planning activities.

The successful candidate for this role will be a researcher of international stature, with extensive leadership experience in research-led higher education institutions or departments. He or she will have confirmed proficiency in English, French and/or German. 

The University of Luxembourg has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment.

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The closing date for applications is December 15th 2017.