Vice President for Research

Stony Brook University is seeking an outstanding leader with exceptional strategic, financial, operational, and interpersonal capabilities to join the University’s executive team as Vice President for Research (VPR). Reporting to Stony Brook’s President, the VPR is the senior executive responsible for developing and stewarding the University’s research enterprise. Stony Brook’s new VPR will join the University at an extraordinarily exciting moment, as it deploys unprecedented new funds generated through philanthropy, establishes its new climate-research center on Governor’s Island, and solidifies its status as a flagship campus of the SUNY system. Stony Brook’s recently published strategic plan , Our Moment , identifies growing the University’s research enterprise for impact as one of four overarching priorities.

Stony Brook University is a leading public university, an internationally recognized research and medical institution, and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). It is one of the nation’s premier centers for academic excellence and is a leader in generating social mobility with a proud history of undergraduate student success. The University enrolled 25,865 students in fall 2023 (17,549 undergraduate students and 8,316 graduate students) and supports almost 300 postdoctoral scholars. It offers over 200 majors, minors, and combined degree programs. The campus encompasses 12 schools and colleges; a Research and Development Park; and a host of centers and institutes that range in focus from education, arts, and culture to STEM, business, and medicine. Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic health system, encompasses five health sciences schools, four hospitals, 200 community-based healthcare settings, and a growing number of clinical affiliations. The University has an additional teaching and research campus in Southampton, NY, which is home to graduate arts programs, health sciences professional programs, and the Marine Sciences Center. Since 1998, Stony Brook, in partnership with Battelle, has managed the Brookhaven National Laboratory . The University has over 15,000 full and part-time employees, including approximately 2,700 faculty.

Stony Brook’s 2023-24 operating budget is nearly $4 billion, with monies generated from a variety of sources including academic and research funds, hospital revenue, tuition, state support, and philanthropy. Thanks in large measure to the transformative 2023 gift of $500M in unrestricted endowment funds by the Simons Foundation – the largest-ever such gift to any US university – Stony Brook’s endowment has grown to approximately $750 million and will grow towards $1 billion when matching gifts triggered by the Simons donation arrive.

Beyond the Simons Foundation gift and the matching gifts from New York State and other donors that it has triggered, 2023 has been an extraordinary year for the University. Among other notable accomplishments, Stony Brook was the anchor institution in the successful bid to develop Governors Island as a hub for climate and resilience research and discovery. This success follows the 2022 move by New York State governor Kathy Hochul to identify Stony Brook as one of two flagship universities in the SUNY system, positioning it to receive $100 million in state funding for new facilities, research collaborations (including with nearby Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), and seed funds to catalyze innovative research programs and faculty startup packages.

The Vice President for Research is the Chief Research Officer/Senior Academic Administrator responsible for the campus-wide advancement of the University’s research mission and oversees all services to the University provided by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (RF SUNY), a private, non-profit corporation created as a shared service to support research across the SUNY system. The portfolio includes leadership, strategic direction, and oversight of operations for the Offices of Proposal Development, Sponsored Programs (pre-award), Grants Management (post-award financial), Research Compliance, Research Security, Research IT, Research Strategy, and Partnerships and Innovations. The VPR serves as Stony Brook’s Operations Manager (OM) of the Research Foundation.

Qualified candidates will possess a PhD, MD, or equivalent terminal degree and scholarly credentials worthy of appointment as a tenured full professor in an academic department of the University. They will possess experience in, and appreciation for, a university’s academic environment; the governance structure, roles, and relationships of faculty, staff, and students; and the diverse needs for operational support. Additionally, qualified candidates must work with the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and openness; must demonstrate flexibility, resilience, and patience; and must be able to create strong collaborative relationships across the institution. The VPR should possess senior-level operational and administrative experience in a comparably complex setting and significant progressively responsible leadership in research, financial planning, and management. A record of administrative involvement in the management of sponsored research at a university or school/college level, or in the context of a large research institute or national laboratory, is important. The candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout their career and will have the management expertise needed to delegate significant responsibility to staff and to instill a culture of inclusive leadership and exceptional service to the research community.

Stony Brook University has retained Opus Partners ( ) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate are leading the search. Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent to . The search process will unfold with the greatest possible attention to candidate confidentiality. Required application materials include a resume and cover letter. Stony Brook University values diversity, equity, and inclusion and will seek a leader who is committed to promoting these values. You can read more about Stony Brook’s efforts here . We encourage candidates to address in their cover letters how they have promoted these values in their career and/or how they would plan to do so in this role.

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Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.