Director of the Data-Intensive Studies Center

Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts (US)
Not specified
November 05 2018
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Tufts University seeks a dynamic leader and accomplished researcher to occupy the endowed professorship and founding Director of the Data-Intensive Studies Center (DISC). DISC is a major new Tufts University Center dedicated to the promotion, integration, acquisition, and application of data-intensive research, scholarship and education. DISC investigators will mine data for scholarship, discovery, innovation and education and employ data analytics to solve a wide range of problems and grand challenges across all disciplines. The Director will provide the leadership and vision for DISC to be a university-wide resource to transform data into solutions.

Tufts University, located in Medford, MA just outside of Boston, is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a student-centered research institution. Tufts is committed to providing transformative experiences for students and faculty and to helping them distinguish themselves as active citizens of the world. The combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in an environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.

The Center Director will report directly to the Provost and work very closely with the Vice Provost for Research, as DISC will be the hub connecting all of Tufts University’s unique constellation of schools and partner institutions. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree and must possess a broad knowledge of data science. The successful candidate must also demonstrate national recognition for productivity and achievement in research and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. As the administrative leader for the Center, the ideal candidate should have a strong business sense, experience in new program/center development and an understanding of what it takes to enhance research funding in a competitive environment. Exceptional communication skills, financial acumen and the potential to fundraise are essential, as is a clear vision for advancing the DISC missions in the midst of a changing funding landscape.

The national executive search firm Witt/Kieffer is assisting Tufts University with this leadership recruitment. For information on how to make a nomination, express interest or apply, please contact Tufts University’s consultants Joyce De Leo, Manny Berger or Arlene Anschel at

Tufts University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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