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Call for candidates for Vice-Rector Research position

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Published on Thursday, 21 July 2022

Strategic leadership for research at the University of Luxembourg

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the first and only university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual and multicultural, it is a modern institution with an inclusive and friendly culture. It has a distinct international outlook which is reflected in the composition of both staff and student bodies. The University lives the ambition of a world-class research university: It strives for excellence in both fundamental and applied research, and in education. It drives innovation for society, has a high proportion of graduate and doctoral students, and intertwines research, teaching and societal impact. Three key areas have been identified for the University’s future: Digital Transformation; Medicine and Health; and Sustainable and Societal Development. They are prone to synergies by using both University of Luxembourg’s disciplinary strengths and interdisciplinary approaches.

The University has three academic faculties devoted to world class teaching and research: the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine; the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; and the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. It also has three interdisciplinary centres, which foster excellence in strategic research directions and knowledge transfer: the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust; the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine; and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.

The new Vice-Rector Research, will oversee research-related activities of the university. Reporting to the Rector, the Vice-Rector Research, will have a crucial and forward-looking role in defining the vision and strategy for the institutions’ research activities. As a member of the senior management team, they will provide the strategic leadership for the research activities of the academic faculties and interdisciplinary centres. In addition, key responsibilities include evaluation and improvement of research quality and securing overarching and external funding. Other key responsibilities include doctoral education and the reinforcing of interdisciplinary initiatives. The candidate will be an ambassador for the organisation and represent it in national and international bodies and research-orientated communities. This role is crucial to the University’s evolution as a world-class research-led institution.

The new Vice-Rector should demonstrate the ability to work both up, down and across the organisation and bring the empathy and sensitivity to build constructive relationships with academic and managerial colleagues across all faculties and centres. They should have the stature and the credibility to build and maintain a wide range of relationships with research communities, industry players and the government, promoting the University’s positioning, excellence in research and enhancing its reputation. Furthermore, they should bring a performance-oriented working style and innovative and visionary thinking with regard to strategic planning activities.

The University of Luxembourg has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment.

For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please visit: www.rraresponses.com

The closing date for applications is 9 September 2022