Department: BSE – Biosphere Sciences & Engineering
The Carnegie Institution for Science seeks nominations and applications for a visionary leader to serve as the Director of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences.
The Carnegie Institution for Science is a private research organization dedicated to fundamental scientific discovery and application of knowledge for the improvement of humankind. Our dedication to scientific rigor is matched by our commitment to making this organization a welcoming, supportive, and inspiring environment. At this pivotal moment in our history, we are seeking an eminent, ambitious, strategic, dynamic, and collaborative scientist to lead and inspire our new division for life and environmental sciences (currently Biosphere Sciences & Engineering division), which will be based in Pasadena, California.
We seek a proven leader whose research interests encompass the most pressing scientific questions of our time and who is deeply committed to developing and shaping innovative, pragmatic solutions. This new Director will be expected to provide expert guidance and informed insights that will shape and reinforce Carnegie’s existing strengths in developmental biology and embryology, plant biology, and global ecology, which include ongoing work in terrestrial ecology, plant physiology, embryogenesis, climate science, water resources, nutrient cycling, aquatic ecology, and symbiosis.
The Director also will be responsible for forging novel research directions, encouraging cross-disciplinary and cross-divisional inquiry to expand existing collaborations with Carnegie Earth & Planets Laboratory and Carnegie Observatories, and recruiting a cohort of scientists who will make Carnegie Science their intellectual home.
Reporting to the President, the Director will work with staff to develop and implement the Division’s strategic direction and will be responsible for all aspects of operations, including research oversight, personnel management, federal awards, fundraising, budgeting and financial management, and community outreach. The new Director also will ensure that the Division is a safe, diverse, and inclusive place to work, and will hold every staff member accountable for creating a community that actively opposes racism, discrimination, and harassment.
The Director’s initial responsibilities will include facilitating the Division staff’s transition from their current campuses in Palo Alto and Baltimore to our new site in Pasadena. The Director also will take a leadership role in strengthening and sustaining our recently announced alliance with Caltech and will participate meaningfully in the development of new Carnegie Science research facilities in Pasadena.
The successful candidate will present a distinguished record of achievement in research and administration, including experience leading an organization through periods of change. They will demonstrate impeccable scientific judgment, an uncompromising commitment to research excellence, a commitment to diversity in all its forms, exceptional interpersonal skills, clarity in oral and written expression, and a deep commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration. They will bring an ability to think strategically about the future of American science, and about the ways in which Carnegie can expand its role as an innovative leader of the scientific enterprise.
The Director also must be a strong and persuasive communicator who will work with the Carnegie Institution’s leadership to further build our organizational reputation and secure resources to advance our strategic priorities, now and in the years to come.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in life or environmental sciences or a related field.
Candidates should provide:
Applicants should provide as separate documents: a cover letter, CV, and a 3-5 page vision statement setting forth a compelling research strategy for the Division, along with a detailed description of their approach to uniting this complex, multidisciplinary organization as we make the transition to Pasadena, California. The vision statement should include insights based on the candidate’s experience in organizing and leading larger research programs that required significant fundraising and successful Federal grant capture and management.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nomination and inquiries regarding the position should be directed to the selection committee at email@example.com.
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.
The Carnegie Institution is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for 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 protected group status.