IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY – Vice President for Research

Iowa State University is searching for the position of Vice President for Research.  The successful candidate will lead the university’s research enterprise, oversee pre- and post-award administration and compliance, and support the innovation of faculty, staff, student and post-doc researchers.  Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Vice President for Research works collaboratively with campus leaders, faculty, and staff in furtherance of the university’s land grant missions in education, research, extension and outreach, and economic development.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity institution and is regularly ranked as one of the nation’s top public research-intensive universities. With 34,000 students, 2000 faculty, and 4200 staff, the university seeks a Vice President for Research to further enhance the reach, scale and impact of research activity. The university serves as contractor to the Department of Energy to manage the Ames National Laboratory, and has strong partnerships with nearby Department of Agriculture laboratories.

Candidates for the position must be eligible for appointment at the rank of tenured professor;  have commensurate administrative and leadership experience;  have a record and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;  have excellent communication skills; and have a demonstrated ability to interact successfully with internal and external constituencies.  Preferred qualifications include a documented record of extramurally funded research; strong scholarly research accomplishments; experience in leading trans-disciplinary and/or trans-institutional projects or programs; experience fostering an environment that supports researchers; and knowledge or experience in technology transfer and entrepreneurial activities.

Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa, a progressive community of 60,000 located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines.  Ames is regarded as one of the best college towns in the nation.  The university is a global and culturally diverse community committed to providing an inclusive environment for learning, living, and working, and all employees are expected to support Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.  Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. The university supports the needs of dual career couples and offers a portfolio of policies to support work-life balance.

The successful candidate is expected to begin in the position on or about July 1, 2020.  To apply, candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, contact information for five professional references, and a vision statement not exceeding three pages to the university’s executive search firm:

Martin Baker, Managing Partner

Buffkin / Baker

10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 190

Brentwood, TN 37027 


Inquiries and nominations may also be sent in confidence to the search firm.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by January 6, 2020.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.