003749-2017 - Director

Purdue University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Bindley Bioscience Center (BBC) in Purdue’s Discovery Park. Discovery Park – where disciplines Converge to Solve Global Challenges – is internationally recognized as a leader in interdisciplinary research, distinguished by a convergence of physical, life, and engineering sciences, along with data science, advanced digital technologies as well as social sciences and humanities. The mission of the Bindley Bioscience Center is to integrate interdisciplinary life sciences research with engineering, nanotechnology and data science to create unique opportunities to solve global challenges in the life sciences. The BBC Director is expected to bring visionary leadership to leverage and enhance synergies across both existing and emerging strengths at Purdue. The University has made an ambitious multidisciplinary investment in the Life Sciences with a strong emphasis and new institutes focused on Infectious disease and immunology, neuroscience, drug discovery, plant science and cancer research. The Bindley Biosciences Center is the premier Purdue facility that enables and supports research across multiple areas. The Director should have the vision to build a successful partnership between the BBC and these new institutes to create new interdisciplinary activities of national and international distinction. The BBC Director is expected to launch new initiatives at the intersection of life sciences, engineering and data science that create new opportunities, and align with and enhance the university’s strategic investments in the life sciences. Key to success will be strengthening and expanding partnerships with the Birck Nanotechnology Center and other Discovery Park centers.

The Director will be responsible for defining and executing the overall mission of the Center, including establishing and implementing a strategic plan to position Purdue as a global leader in targeted areas at the convergence of the life, engineering, and physical and data sciences. The Director reports to the Chief Scientist and Executive Director of Purdue’s Discovery Park. The Director will lead all efforts involved in the development and implementation of her/his strategic plan. The Director will provide leadership related to opportunity capture and evaluation, and relationship management of internal and external stakeholders. The Director interacts routinely with Purdue’s Discovery Park Center Directors and staff, the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, College Deans, and faculty leaders conducting research in key Life Sciences, Engineering, Nanotechnology and Data Science areas.

Candidates must have credentials appropriate for appointment as Professor (Ph.D. in Science, Engineering or related field) at Purdue University. The Director will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching.

To receive full consideration, submit a letter of interest that outlines qualifications for the position and a curriculum vitae. All documents and questions must be directed electronically to dpsearch@purdue.edu. Full review of applications will commence October 1st, 2017; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue University’s Discovery Park Administration is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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