Position Announcements

Vice Chancellor-Marine Sciences / Director-Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The University of California, San Diego invites nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest for the position of Vice Chancellor – Marine Sciences and Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). The incumbent also serves as the Dean of the school of Marine Sciences for both undergraduate and graduate programs. The Vice Chancellor / Director provides academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership to SIO and its mission to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

SIO is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education and public service in the world. Research at SIO encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans and earth. The incumbent represents the academic and research excellence of SIO nationally and internationally, leveraging SIO research with federal, state and local government and agency partners to address the world’s complex climate and societal challenges.

As a member of the campus senior leadership, the Vice Chancellor / Director reports to UC San Diego’s Chancellor, Pradeep K. Khosla. The incumbent is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and plays a central role as UC San Diego enters a new era of international prominence with the implementation of a strategic plan developed through campus- and community-wide input. SIO’s faculty and researchers join multidisciplinary collaborators in UC San Diego Health Sciences and General Campus faculty.

The Vice Chancellor / Director is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body. The successful candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

The successful candidate will be a leading national/international scientist with a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service appropriate for appointment at the senior professorial level at UC San Diego. He/she will possess strong management, strategic planning and leadership skills demonstrated in higher education, non-profit/for-profit research institutions or government agencies. The Vice Chancellor / Director will lead SIO’s global field research and its supporting infrastructure, including its ships and global observation system. The ideal candidate will have a record of success in fundraising and will possess a keen ability to mobilize SIO’s faculty and institutional assets to enhance the financial base through gifts, grants and new revenue streams. The Vice Chancellor / Director will be appointed to serve at 100% time.

UC San Diego, established in 1960 as part of the 10-campus University of California, has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the U.S. for higher education, research, service and patient care. UC San Diego is ranked sixth in the nation in federal research and development expenditures, with annual research funding of approximately $1 billion over the last three years, and an overall budget of $3.4 billion. The U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best Colleges Guidebook ranks UC San Diego as the 8th best public university in the nation. According to the 2010 National Research Council rankings, sixty percent of UC San Diego’s rated graduate programs are among the top twenty programs in their fields nationwide and the university’s Ph.D. programs were ranked highly in every academic division. UC San Diego is the largest employer based in San Diego County. The total economic impact in San Diego County of active UC San Diego-related companies is over $20 billion annually. Located on the Torrey Pines Mesa in La Jolla, UC San Diego has originated many collaborations with organizations conducting basic and applied research in the sciences, technology and engineering. This concentration of many of the world’s best minds creates invaluable learning opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, providing an intellectual breadth and diversity that has tremendous benefits for education.

At the forefront of oceans and earth and planetary science, SIO comprises multidisciplinary research units including the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics; the Climate, Atmospheric Sciences, and Physical Oceanography Research Division; Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine; Geophysics Research Division; Integrative Oceanography Division; Marine Biology Research Division; and Marine Physical Laboratory. With 488 faculty / academic researchers and nearly 250 graduate students, SIO has graduate programs in Applied Ocean Science, Biological Oceanography; Climate Science; Geophysics; Geological Science; Marine Biology; Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry; and Physical Oceanography. SIO’s 2011/12 expenditures totaled nearly $180M, with major supporters including the NSF, Department of Defense, NOAA, Department of Energy, NIH, and NASA. Income from private gifts totaled nearly $10M in 2011/12. SIO facilities include the SIO campus of 184 acres on the shore of the Pacific and feature the Scripps Pier, Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment, and the Birch Aquarium-Museum. Off- site facilities include the six-acre Nimitz Marine Facility at Point Loma, the operational base for SIO’s academic research fleet of four research vessels, one research platform, and various marine craft. SIO ships have traveled more than seven million nautical miles from local coastal waters into all of the world’s oceans. Scripps research facilities also include the Marine Physical Laboratory, the Cecil and Ida Green Pinon Flat Observatory near Palm Springs, the Kendall Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve facility in San Diego, and space at the campus’ Camp Elliot Field Station. Additional information about the Vice Chancellor / Director search may be found at http://chancellor.ucsd.edu/cabinet/vc-marine and general information about SIO may be found at http://sio.ucsd.edu/.

The Search Advisory Committee will begin reviewing candidates in February and March 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. UC San Diego has retained the executive search services of Witt/Kieffer and consultants Mr. Brian Bloomfield (949-797-3548) and Ms. Lucy Leske to assist in this recruitment. Nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest (e.g. CV, letter of introduction or biographical summary that includes the individual’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion) can be addressed and sent in confidence to the Search Committee Chair, International Relations and Pacific Studies Dean Peter Cowhey, via email to Witt/Kieffer at SIOdirector@wittkieffer.com. Microsoft Word or PDF files are preferred.

The University of California, San Diego is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu).