Career Center

Job postings will remain for a total of 90 days unless AURP is otherwise notified. After 90 days, the postings will be removed from the AURP Web site. If the position is filled prior to the 90 day limit, please contact AURP and request that it be removed. To post a job, please email Diana Horn. Need examples of job descriptions? Some sample job descriptions are here.   

 March 7, 2023 

Director of Innovation and Economic Development (IED) - North Dakota State University (NDSU)

North Dakota State University (NDSU) is seeking a creative and entrepreneurial leader for the role of Director of Innovation and Economic Development in NDSU's Office of Research and Creative Activity (RCA). The Director will design, lead, and manage economic development, leverage opportunities for industry partnerships, and nurture and advance the entrepreneurial (pre-)startup ecosystem. The successful candidate will be involved at a hands-on level in these efforts as well as design, lead and manage a vision to enhance NDSU's activity and contributions in these efforts. NDSU alumni have played a vibrant role in the state’s economy through their business creation, ranging from the Microsoft Fargo campus (through Microsoft’s acquisition of Great Plains Software), the presence of John Deere and AGCO in the NDSU Research & Technology Park (through acquisitions of Phoenix International and Appareo, respectively), and the single largest acquisition of a home-grown, North Dakota-based company, Aldevron, for $9.6 billion by Danaher.  Thanks to a $14 million award from the National Science Foundation, NDSU is the lead organization for a new National Science Foundation-funded Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Hub, the Great Plains I-Corps Hub. The Fargo community is also host to a dynamic and energetic startup ecosystem thanks to efforts from Emerging Prairie and Grand Farm. The new Director will play a vital role in RCA to strategically leverage and align campus and regional resources, opportunities, and assets in order to foster and support economic development, startups and entrepreneurship, and innovative efforts campus- and state-wide.  We are especially interested in candidates whose background includes employment in both industry and academia; private sector or nonprofit experience with entrepreneurship and/or entrepreneurship education; and a demonstrated record of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in program development and implementation. Learn More.

March 7, 2023 

Vice President for Research - Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University (KSU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications in their search for a strategic executive leader to serve as the next Vice President for Research. Located on suburban campuses in northwest metro Atlanta, KSU is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third largest university in the state. A comprehensive university with 12 colleges and a leader in innovative teaching, scholarship, and learning, KSU enrolls over 43,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. The Vice President for Research is expected to assume office on July 1, 2023. Maya Ranchod Kirkhope of Academic Search is assisting with this national search. Applications, nominations, and inquiries may be sent in confidence to Although application materials will be accepted until the time that a new Vice President for Research is selected, candidates should submit materials by April 3, 2023, for the most favorable consideration. Learn More.

February 14, 2023 

Director of Entrepreneurship - EnterpriseWorks/UIUC Research Park – University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
The Director of Entrepreneurship seeks to build the national reputation and excellence of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign entrepreneurship ecosystem in partnership with key stakeholders on campus. The Director is responsible for strategic development and implementation of a vision and infrastructure to establish and accelerate a cross-campus culture of entrepreneurship that spans research institutes, colleges, and departments. The vision will anticipate mechanisms to secure and grow entrepreneurship programs and resources to assist clients with company creation, funding, management, and growth beyond the incubation phase. The position is primarily focused on supporting the entrepreneurship programming and business development of clients of the EnterpriseWorks incubator at the University of Illinois Research Park, which provides technology commercialization support for researchers and entrepreneurs, supports new venture creation, and catalyzes promising startup companies. The role includes oversight of the capital building project to create EnterpriseWorks 2.0, which will provide a growth-stage location for small businesses in the Research Park and a location for entrepreneurship programming and collaboration. Learn More. 

February 2, 2023

Senior Research Program Manager – Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem/Charlotte, NC
The Research Program Manager is an operations leader in support of the research activity of Dean Dr. L. Ebony Boulware, Chief Science Officer of Atrium Health and Vice Chief Academic Officer of Advocate Health research.  With the investigator and other team members, the Research Program Manager will direct and coordinate various aspects of the study/project directed towards planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination.  This position will be responsible for working with research faculty and staff to assure success through monitoring activities, leading improvement initiatives, addressing issues as they arise, and developing solutions that directly impact the research activity. We invite you to learn more by reviewing the job posting and contacting Talent Consultant Brandi Walton at [email protected].

Candidate experience with Multi-center Clinical Trials, Pragmatic Trials, Managing Data orientated projects/research, Grant proposals, IRB, Research staff management, Internal/External Faculty relations, and Grant transfer process will align for success in this new WFUSM position. Learn more. 

January 13, 2023

CEO, Uplands Science & Technology Foundation
The Uplands Science and Technology Foundation (USTF) seeks an experienced and collaborative leader to serve as its new CEO. USTF is a nonprofit research foundation, formed in 2021 to accelerate the transformation of the WestGate Technology Park into a knowledge community and mixed-use innovation hub in the Indiana Uplands.  The new CEO will take over at a pivotal moment for WestGate as the USTF moves to capitalize on the development of a $385 million microelectronics fabrication facility that was announced by Governor Eric Holcomb on November 21, 2022.  The facility will bring 300-400 jobs with average wages near $100,000 per year and will have a catalytic impact on the park. The new CEO will be charged with realizing the vision laid out in the ambitious WestGate Master Plan, which was developed in consultation with nationally recognized experts including TEConomy Partners, Perkins+Will, and The University Financing Foundation. Learn More. 

January 8, 2023

Executive Director, Oklahoma City Biomanufacturing Workforce Training Center, Oklahoma City Innovation District
The Executive Director will be an experienced biopharmaceutical technical operations leader, biopharmaceutical GMP training professional, or an existing biomanufacturing training center leader with a passion for workforce development, economic development, and upskilling the next generation of American workers to participate in the rapidly growing biomanufacturing sector. The candidate will be responsible for successfully standing-up and staffing the facility, leading implementation of curriculum (in partnership with the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing in College Station, TX), and operating the center and its programs after initial startup phase. Learn more

January 8, 2023

Asst VP, Innovation and Commercialization, Texas State University
The AVP is a senior level executive who provides leadership for the innovation, commercialization and external engagement functions of the Office of the Chief Research Officer (CRO). The AVP will be responsible for driving transformative and sustainable initiatives to translate academic discoveries from Texas State University into commercial products to benefit society, impact global public health, and improve the overall quality of life. The incumbent collaborates with the CRO and senior leadership to set an agenda that defines the University’s program in innovation and external engagement. Learn more

November 18, 2022 

Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer, Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative
Leading the Collaborative will be the inaugural Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer (RECO). The RECO will guide the grant’s strategy, working as a convener and collaborator to harness the capacity of our diverse Collaborative and ensuring that each of the grant’s five projects achieves its goals individually and collectively. The RECO will lead development of an annual summit to share progress with a broad set of community partners and ensure adherence to the grant’s requirements and recommendations. The RECO will coordinate with the EDA to ensure the grant’s successful execution. Learn more.