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Vice Dean, Research

Date: 08-Dec-2022

Location: DUKE-NUS MEDICAL SCHOOL, Outram Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

Duke-NUS seeks its next Vice Dean (VD), Office of Research (OOR). The Vice Dean oversees the strategic planning, administration and operations of the OOR, as well as liaison with other research entities in Singapore and at Duke University. The VD OOR is a key member of the Duke-NUS Senior Management and reports directly to the Dean. The OOR encompasses the School’s five Signature Research Programmes (SRPs), as well as several Centres and Institutes ( The VD OOR provides leadership, oversight and mentoring to ~50 tenure-track and ~ 30 research faculty, as well as research staff, students and other trainees, with a research budget of ~SGD$100M/year. The VD OOR also has strategic oversight of the 3 PhD programmes with an intake of ~30 PhD and MD PhD students per year.  The OOR is supported by the departments of Research Operations, Sponsored Research, and Research Affairs (

The successful candidate will have a strong record of accomplishments in both research and administration, and should be qualified to be appointed as Professor. The VD OOR is expected to foster collaborations between laboratory-based scientists and clinicians delivering care, and lead the recruitment of key faculty members within the Office of Research. A significant component involves working with leaders at the SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC to oversee joint initiatives, and working with other entities in Singapore (eg. NUS and A*STAR) and with Duke University in Durham, United States. 

The VD OOR will:

  • Offer visionary and strategic thinking from a global perspective with the skills to convert research visions into strategic goals and actions.
  • Apply institutional perspective, in collaboration with Duke-NUS leadership, in making recommendations to the Dean regarding strategic investments from central resources.
  • Provide oversight of faculty appointments and career progression which include negotiation of recruitment and retention packages for research faculty, in conjunction with the respective SRPs and Centre/Institute Directors. 
  • Work with SRP and Centre/Institute Directors to develop and manage research faculty and personnel as well as support their career development and review their appointments and academic promotions. 
  • Oversee the the annual research budget, in collaboration with senior leadership of the school. 
  • Coordinate strategic planning for growth in research and graduate research  education.
  • Oversee the research core facilities of the School and to make recommendations for research space planning, allocation and renovations, working in coordination with senior leadership of the school.
  • Co-operate with both Duke University and Singapore’s several other research institutions and funding agencies to develop new initiatives related to collaborative research.  
  • Build cross-office relationships in areas such as communications, facilities, finance, human resources and information technology.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts for the school, particularly in the area of research. 
  • Provide joint oversight of Duke-NUS-SingHealth AMC programmes together with SingHealth’s Group Director of Research, conflict of interest policies jointly with the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and research integrity and responsible conduct of research training programmes.

Job Requirements

  • PhD and/or Medical Degree with an international reputation as a research scholar and career track record of securing extramural funding.  
  • Minimum 20 years of relevant work experience, particularly in managing large teams and with the ability to successfully manage conflict and high intensity situations.
  • Proven capabilities to develop and implement strategies with strong leadership, communication and organisational skills.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to delegate and empower an effective team due to the size and complexities of the portfolio. 
  • Have the ability to interact and work with senior leadership and management team members.
  • An effective listener and a skilled communicator in a faculty-driven environment, recognising the needs of various constituent groups in many different types of operating cultures.   


For additional information and/or to express interest in the position, please contact the Search Committee at  Applications should include a current curriculum vitae and a cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and interest in the position. For nominations, please include the name and contact information of the nominee.

Covid-19 Message

At NUS, the health and safety of our staff and students are one of our utmost priorities, and COVID-vaccination supports our commitment to ensure the safety of our community and to make NUS as safe and welcoming as possible. Many of our roles require a significant amount of physical interactions with students/staff/public members. Even for job roles that may be performed remotely, there will be instances where on-campus presence is required. 


In accordance with Singapore's legal requirements, unvaccinated workers will not be able to work on the NUS premises with effect from 15 January 2022. As such, job applicants will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Outram Campus

Organization: Duke-NUS Medical School

Department : Office of Research

Employee Referral Eligible: No

Job requisition ID : 14480