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Division of Human Resources

Vice President for Research

The University of South Carolina seeks an exceptional leader to serve as the Vice President for Research.

Job Summary 

The Vice President for Research (VPR) is the University of South Carolina’s (UofSC) chief official responsible for directing and guiding the research enterprise of the University of South Carolina system. 

The Vice President for Research leads the development and implementation of high-quality research and scholarly initiatives while establishing and maintaining a culture of compliance among faculty, students, and staff involved in research and scholarship at UofSC. The VPR provides visionary leadership and innovation, supports the faculty in their efforts to secure external funding, encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, and promotes research integrity.

The University of South Carolina is the state’s flagship research university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution of “Highest Research Activity (R1)”. UofSC regularly secures over $200 million in sponsored project funding, with significant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

The VPR heads the Office of Research which includes Sponsored Awards Office, Office of Research Compliance which includes Human Subjects Research Compliance, Office of Research Development, Office of Undergraduate Research, and Department of Laboratory Animal Resources. 

The Office of Research strives to support the pursuit of research, innovation and excellence by creating an environment that supports the scholarly and creative activities of all faculty and students to enable UofSC to become a member of Association of American Universities (AAU).  

This position will be filled as tenure-track faculty, open rank depending on candidate qualifications. 


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum requirement of PhD or terminal doctorate with at least seven years of research experience.
  • Strong record of accomplishment in scholarly research.
  • Record of mentoring other faculty and/or junior researchers in the advancement of their research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other administrative units.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and appreciation for the breadth of faculty scholarship and research activities for the entire UofSC system.
  • Ability to plan, execute, and articulate UofSC’s research mission to students, faculty, alumni, external funding agencies and other decision-making bodies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and equal opportunity.
  • Experience in creating interdisciplinary centers and in working closely with the private sector and funding agencies to develop sponsorship agreements.
  • Ability to advocate for research in terms of strategic planning, budget allocations, capital project planning, legislative priorities, and research infrastructure development.
  • Leadership experience in research enterprise/ administration.


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