Director, Scott-Ritchey Research Center

Auburn University - Auburn, AL
College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with education and experience.
December 17 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Scott-Ritchey Research Center (SRRC) at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AUCVM) seeks a strategic, creative, collaborative leader and established scientist in biomedical research to serve as its director. The director will be responsible for all aspects of research development, infrastructure, internal and external funding, proposal development, contract and grant accounting, research compliance and ethics, and technology transfer resulting in the promotion of research excellence for the center. The SRRC mission is to conduct innovative and impactful basic and translational research to improve the health of companion animals and to facilitate the applications of new information to the clinical and scientific communities. The director reports to the Associate Dean for Research and will be located in Auburn, Alabama.

The selected candidate will be expected to:
■ Advance the research mission of the SRRC in the investigation of diseases/conditions affecting dogs and cats, including those that serve as animal models for human disease
■ Lead an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program and support SRRC faculty in building research programs consistent with the center’s mission
■ Incorporate education into the center’s research mission at graduate, professional and undergraduate levels
■ Work in conjunction with the college’s development officers to secure philanthropic support for the

The successful candidate will be an established scientist in biomedical research with a strong record of scholarly achievement, peer recognition and sustained extramural funding as a principal investigator. The successful candidate must have a scholarly record that merits appointment at the rank of professor in an academic department of the college. The director will demonstrate a commitment to modern, visionary scientific approaches to the advancement of knowledge and improvement of health and a compelling vision for advancing the mission of the SRRC. Excellent interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated leadership and organizational abilities in support of biomedical research are required. A terminal degree in the biomedical sciences (PhD, DVM/VMD, MD, DMD or equivalents) is required.

The SRRC is privately endowed, and endowment income is available to support infrastructure and general research needs. A generous startup package will be provided for the successful candidate, including potential for resources to enable recruitment of new faculty members and development of new programs. 

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Electronic submissions of all nominations and applications are encouraged. Those with interest in this position should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of application indicating experience as it relates to the position description to:
Search Committee – Director, Scott-Ritchey Research Center Attention:
Managing Director
Breckenridge Partners

Initial review of candidates will begin after February 15, 2019 and will continue until a qualified candidate is appointed.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer.