University of Alberta

Vice President (Research)

VP Research

Competition No.  -    A106231873D1
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian university located in Edmonton with a reputation for excellence in discovery, translational, and applied research, scholarship and creative activities across diverse areas of impact in science, medicine, engineering, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $1.7 billion and attracts approximately $450 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus—and 250,000 alumni worldwide. The University and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that the goal of knowledge shall be the “uplifting of the whole people.”

The U of A seeks to appoint a new Vice-President (Research) with an exceptional record of scholarly achievement and the ability to play a key leadership role in delivering our academic vision for the public good. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice-President (Research) is responsible for building top-level research collaborations and maximizing the impact of U of A’s research at the provincial, national, and international levels. The Vice-President (Research) works closely with a broad group of internal and external stakeholders including funding agencies, industry partners, and leaders from across the University to create the environment and opportunities that enable U of A faculty, staff, and students to fuel discovery and advance knowledge, and have the greatest impact in their fields.

Without restricting the generality of the above statement and in accordance with Article 82(2) of the Post-Secondary Learning Act, the Vice–President (Research) has the following powers, duties and functions as assigned by the Board of Governors on the recommendation of the President:

Key Accountabilities:

  • As per the university’s institutional strategic plan, For the Public Good, creates a climate that fosters the development and enhancement of exceptional research and scholarship in all areas of the University for the public good
  • Provides mechanisms that support research so individuals can achieve success in attracting research funds in international and national peer-reviewed competitions, and from other government and private partners
  • Renews and enhances the University’s research services and provides high-quality support to faculty to meet their needs into the future
  • Identifies and supports interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and student based research through direct leadership and through support of academics taking the lead in areas undergoing evolution
  • Celebrates the University of Alberta’s outstanding faculty, staff, and students whose research contributes to the attainment of the University’s vision
  • Ensures the research achievements of the University community are acknowledged by making the community aware of available research awards, suggesting possible nominees,  and taking a lead role in reviewing nominations prior to submission
  • Fosters research leadership development and stewardship throughout the institution for the public good
  • Designs a strategy to articulate the value, both internally and externally, of the breadth of pure and applied research and the importance of the link between teaching and research
  • Aggressively pursues, through strategic partnerships and alliances, increased research capacity and major external funding for areas of strength and potential strength
  • Contributes, both personally and via University representatives, to the formation and communication of research policy at the federal and provincial levels
  • Develops the appropriate policies and processes to ensure funds given to the University by granting agencies are appropriately spent and accounted for
  • Authorizes action be taken with trustholders when funds are not appropriately managed
  • Builds and facilitates productive partnerships that enhance collaborative research, knowledge transfer, and commercialization
  • Ensures the overall effectiveness of the University through maintenance of close working relationships with various orders of government and key granting agencies
  • Builds a senior team within his/her portfolio committed to fulfilling the vision, goals and priorities necessary to ensure the long-term success of the Portfolio and the University
  • Participates as an active member of the President’s executive committee to establish institutional vision and goals, and to effectively communicate and organize to achieve those goals
  • Maintains a professional reputation which preserves the values and standing of the University and permits him or her to effectively represent the many achievements of the University both internally and externally
  • As a member of senior administration, participates actively on Board and other committees relating to the areas of mandated responsibility
  • Carries out other responsibilities as set out in policies and procedures approved by GFC and/or the Board of Governors 

The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate, high academic standing and have 10 or more years of senior management experience in a major academic institution. They will be a visionary for world-class research at the U of A and possess the compelling leadership and communication skills necessary to deliver on this vision. They will also possess high levels of strategic thinking and analytical capabilities as well as a track record of achievement across a significant diversity of initiatives and projects.

This position is in accordance with University terms and conditions, and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and competitive with public research post-secondary institutions. Components of compensation will include base salary and a comprehensive benefits package (which can be viewed at, as well as additional negotiated benefits applicable to the position.

For further information and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details via the Perrett Laver website by visiting and quoting reference 2856.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.