Job: Deputy Division Director

Department: BSE – Biosphere Sciences & Engineering


Location: Pasadena, CA

The Carnegie Institution for Science was founded on the principle that powerful results can be achieved when great scientists have the freedom and resources to follow their curiosity, pursue novel ideas, and tackle big questions that capture their imaginations and inspire their best work.

This is an exciting time for Carnegie Science. Carnegie Science is now executing a strategic plan to ensure its impact for the next century. The plan includes investment in unification of biology, from the molecular to ecological levels, the expansion of its footprint in Pasadena by constructing a new, state-of-the-art research facility on land provided by Caltech, adjacent to its campus, that will house the Division of Biosphere Sciences and Engineering. Forming this new alliance with Caltech will open many opportunities for breakthrough research between the two institutions.

This position represents an exceptional opportunity to be a part of the leadership team of an internationally renowned research center. We are seeking a Deputy Director who can provide insight and support across a wide range of research interests, building on Carnegie’s existing strengths in biosphere sciences and engineering and bringing new scientific and technical expertise, where possible. At this critical juncture, the Deputy Director will be instrumental in the coordination and planning of construction of the new Life Sciences building which will house the division in Pasadena and, ultimately, in the relocation of Division staff from John Hopkins and Stanford campuses to the new building.


The Deputy Director will execute the Director’s strategic vision through the effective management of Division’s activities, including, federal awards oversight, financial management, outreach, grant management, and administrative activities. Utilizing expert understanding of the field and close collaboration with leaders and staff across the Institution, the Deputy Director will establish the appropriate conditions to implement Division programs and resources in alignment with the Division’s vision and Carnegie Institution’s scientific and organizational goals. In addition, the Deputy Director will have the opportunity to maintain an active research portfolio and be able to dedicate up to 50% of their time to those endeavors.


  • In close collaboration with the Division Director and scientific staff, the Deputy Director will contribute to the development of a robust strategic vision for the Division that is grounded in research excellence and driven by Carnegie’s organizational mission of scientific discovery in service to humanity
  • Foster opportunities for synergies between the Carnegie’s three Divisions, as well as with external partner programs such as the California Institute of Technology
  • Provide decision-making and guidance to the administrative operations, ensuring compliance with internal policies/procedures and external requirements, coordinating with HR and Legal as applicable
  • Participate in the identification, recruitment, retention, and mentorship of a diverse group of productive scientific and administrative staff members
  • Oversee performance of the Division’s technical staff. Implement development programs and actively mentor staff. Lead five-year performance and quality reviews of research staff
  • Manage visiting fellows and early career research fellows (5-7 year staff associates) programs
  • Partner with the Associate Science Deputy to develop Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives to increase the workforce diversity in STEM research at the Division and across the institution
  • With assistance from colleagues both within the division and cross-functionally, oversee various integral Carnegie programs, workshops, search committees, working groups and all external Division collaborations
  • Partner with the Division Director and Division Business Manager to develop the annual operating budget
  • Collaborate with Division Director and peers to implement financial plans related to the capital budget
  • Lead the Division’s efforts in support of our Scientist’s pursuit of federal research funding
  • Work with the Director, President and Chief Development Officer to fundraise for Division’s needs
  • Collaborate with the Director and communications staff on opportunities to highlight departmental science
  • Utilize feedback from the Division Visiting Committee improve the scientific quality of the Division


  • PhD in field relevant to the department
  • Minimum of 5 years of related leadership and management experience
  • Solid understanding of administrative functions
  • Experience with planning and construction of scientific buildings


  • Academic stature.  A record of distinguished academic accomplishments and appointments appropriate to the leadership of a Division in an organization with a worldwide reputation for research excellence.
  • Academic leadership. Proven ability in fostering a strong commitment to the continued excellence of the Division’s research programs and respect for the talent and commitment of an exceptional scientific staff.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion impact. Demonstrated leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in staff recruitment and retention, as well as a track record of establishing and leading a fair, equitable, and supportive workplace.
  • Management experience. Experience with management of complex organizational structures, and especially the ability to work effectively and build cooperative relationships. Proven ability to solve problems creatively and effectively.
  • Financial sophistication. Experience in financial management.
  • Effective communication. Accessibility and the ability to communicate transparently and effectively in a timely manner with Carnegie Institution leadership, Division researchers and staff, Trustees, donors, and other constituents

TO APPLY: To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume. Only applications with both a cover letter and resume will be considered. No phone or email inquiries please.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.