Executive Vice President for Research

Atlanta, Georgia
Commensurate with Experience
January 18 2018
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Georgia Institute of Technology invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Vice President of Research (EVPR). As a direct report to the President and a member of the President’s Cabinet, the EVPR serves as chief research officer for the Institute. This position provides overall leadership for the research, economic development, and related support units within the Institute. This includes direct oversight of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), all Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and Centers (IRIs/IRCs), the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), and the Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC).  

This position serves as part of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) with the President, the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance (EVPAF). Due to the inseparable relationship between research, economic development, and academic affairs, the EVPR works closely with and has a “dotted-line” reporting relationship directly to the Provost.


  • In collaboration with the Provost and the EVPAF, formulate, develop and implement the overall Institute strategy and plans that will guide the Institute's basic and applied research and development efforts.
  • In collaboration with the President, Provost, and the EVPAF, determine budgetary priorities, develop the Institute annual budget, and administer the EVPR designated budget.
  • Direct the formulation of the Institute's research and development policies and ensure policy is administered in a consistent manner.
  • Provide executive oversight, direction, and support to the ongoing activities performed within the various research and research support units, including basic research, applied research, technology transfer and licensing, and research administration. The EVPR has oversight of the following organizational units: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and Centers (IRIs/IRCs), Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), and Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC).
  • Lead the promotion and oversight of the Institute's research and development enterprise capabilities to both internal and external audiences. This includes engagement with federal and state agencies as well as private sector constituents. Develop visibility as a leader guiding national and international research policies. Embrace and shape the growing entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem of Georgia Tech and the region.
  • Participate in Georgia Tech affiliated non-profit corporation boards, including, but not limited to, serving as board president for the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC)/Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC), and Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV).
  • Ensure Institute compliance with all regulations related to the use of external and internal funding to support research and oversee reporting of all associated expenditures.
  • Work closely with the Provost, Colleges, and research centers/institutes to ensure the recruitment of highly qualified research faculty/staff and the acquisition of world-class research facilities/equipment.
  • Serve as spokesperson to various external audiences on behalf of the Institute on matters related to research and economic development.
  • As a member of the President’s Cabinet and Executive Leadership Team, contribute to Institute-wide policy development and implementation through engagement with key academic and business executives.

This position requires:

  • A terminal degree in appropriate discipline represented within the Institute;
  • An outstanding record of scholarly achievement and an international reputation within the broader scholarly community, appropriate for appointment as full professor in one of the Colleges at Georgia Tech;
  • Ten or more years leadership experience in research within higher education, government, and/or industry; and
  • Demonstrable success in the translation and adoption of research results.


  • Executive Team Participation and Leadership
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Research Management
  • Policy Development and Administration
  • Research Funding, Grants and Contracts Accounting
  • Economic Development Planning and Administration
  • Ability to Foster Successful Internal and External Partnerships
  • Strategy Development
  • Business Development
  • Federal Agency Relations
  • Individual Research and Scholarship
  • Global Management Perspective


The Georgia Institute of Technology is situated on an attractive campus in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. With R&D expenditures nearing $825M in fiscal year 2017, Georgia Tech’s research enterprise continues to work with government, philanthropic partners, and industry in Creating the Next (www.gatech.edu/about/creating-next).

Application materials should be submitted at search website: www.president.gatech.edu/search-executive-vice-president-research

All inquiries and correspondence should be directed in confidence to:

Rafael L. Bras, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chair, EVPR Search Committee | provostsoffice@mail.gatech.edu

Applications and nominations will be received until the Executive Vice President for Research is selected, however, interested parties are encouraged to respond by March 31, 2018, to ensure optimal consideration.