University of California, San Diego


November 4, 2005


SUBJECT:   Search for the Vice Chancellor-Research

After consultation with the Academic Senate, we are moving forward to separate the positions of Vice Chancellor-Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. This restructuring will be implemented at the end of this academic year, when VC/Dean Richard Attiyeh plans to retire. A nationwide search for the Vice Chancellor-Research will commence immediately, and an internal campus search for the Dean of Graduate Studies will be initiated shortly thereafter. I am writing now to announce the membership of the Search Committee (listed below) and to invite nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Research.

With overall managerial responsibility for UCSD's research enterprise, the Vice Chancellor for Research promotes, supports and facilitates UCSD's research mission and the infrastructure required of a top research institution. As a key member of the University's leadership, the Vice Chancellor reports directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor-Academic Affairs and represents the university at the campus, local, state, national, and international levels. Successful candidates should have some prior experience in academic administration and must have a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service appropriate for appointment as a tenured senior professor in one of UCSD's academic departments.

The Vice Chancellor for Research will be appointed to serve at 100% time for a five-year term, renewable following appropriate review. The job description and required qualifications for the Vice Chancellor's position follow this announcement, and are also posted on the Academic Affairs web site:


The Search Committee, chaired by AVC David Miller, will begin reviewing candidates in January, 2006, and will continue until the position is filled. A search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates, will assist with this recruitment, and all candidate materials will be sent directly to them. Nominations and applications received by JANUARY 20, 2006 will receive full consideration. Nomination materials and applications (resume, statement of interest, email address, and names of references) should be submitted electronically (Microsoft Word files preferred), in confidence, to Search Committee Chair David Miller, c/o:

Dr. Ilene H. Nagel
Leader, Higher Education Practice
Russell Reynolds Associates
mailto: vcr-ucsd@russellreynolds.com

Marsha A. Chandler
Senior Vice Chancellor



Associate Vice Chancellor David Miller (Academic Affairs/MAE)
Dean Michael Bernstein (Division of Arts & Humanities / History)
Chair Dean Jack Dixon (Scientific Affairs, SOM / Pharmacology)
Professor Dilip Jeste (Psychiatry)
Professor Naomi Oreskes (History)
Dean Frieder Seible (Jacobs School of Engineering / Structural Engineering)
Professor Joan Stiles (Cognitive Science)
Professor Clifford Surko (Physics)
Professor Lynne Talley (Physical Oceanography Research Division, SIO)
Professor Jeffrey Vincent (IR/PS)
Professor Charles Zuker (Neurobiology Section, Biological Sciences)
Mary Hart (San Diego Supercomputer Center), staff representative
Graduate student representative (to be named)


University of California, San Diego


RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION - Initiates, coordinates, and administers policies, procedures, and activities which enhance research on the campus; oversees General Campus organized research units and multi-campus research units; reviews and approves proposed appointments, promotions, and merit increases for General Campus non-Senate research personnel (Research Scientists, Project Scientists, and Specialists); oversees Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar policies; facilitates the development of proposals for extramural funding of research; fosters interaction with federal, state, and private agencies and with industry to promote campus research programs; coordinates campus policies and practices related to university interaction with industry; promotes research ethics and receives and resolves allegations of research misconduct; coordinating role for oversight of research compliance; supervises the Animal Care and Animal Welfare Programs; responsible for human embryonic stem cell policy and review; represents UCSD at the University of California Council on Research and other State and national forums.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT - Supervises the Director of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property services. Oversees the campuswide technology transfer program; formulates and administers local policies related to intellectual property, including patents and copyrights; develops faculty and industry liaisons and education programs to facilitate cooperative research activity.

CONTRACT AND GRANT ADMINISTRATION - Supervises the Director of the Office of Contract and Grants Administration. Develops policy and directs the administration of UCSD's contract and grant activity, including the functions of award negotiation, proposal processing, and coordination with granting foundations and agencies to serve the campus research community. Resolves research issues for General Campus, Health Sciences and SIO that involve a potential campus impact. Reviews and approves General Campus contract and grant proposals requiring University matching funds or policy exceptions. Reviews, approves, and monitors state, federal, and University conflict of interest requirements. Provides policy guidance to discussions about University relationships with industry and assists in defining/creating University policies to address current issues related to conflict of commitment, use of University facilities, student interactions, etc.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION - Serves on the General Campus Program Review Committee; advises the Senior Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Chancellor and others on research matters and General Campus budget priorities and resource allocations; advises and makes recommendations to the Senior Vice Chancellor, Campus Counsel, and senior administrative staff on the review and resolution of academic employee relations issues; serves on the Chancellor's Council.

FEDERAL AND STATE RESEARCH RELATIONS - Works closely with the Director of Federal and State Research Relations, who reports to the Vice Chancellor-External Relations. Develops strategy, activities, and advocacy to promote UCSD research priorities and facilitate research partnerships involving UCSD, federal and state organizations.