Search Firm Opportunities

Iowa State Univeristy perodically partners with a variety of Search Firms on executive-level searches. Applicants who wish to be considered for these positions must apply via the Search Firms application instructions below.

Vice President for Research

Iowa State University is searching for the position of Vice President for Research.  The successful candidate will lead the university’s research enterprise, oversee pre- and post-award administration and compliance, and support the innovation of faculty, staff, student and post-doc researchers.  Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Vice President for Research works collaboratively with campus leaders, faculty, and staff in furtherance of the university’s land grant missions in education, research, extension and outreach, and economic development.

Candidates for the position must be eligible for appointment at the rank of tenured professor;  have commensurate administrative and leadership experience;  have a record and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;  have excellent communication skills; and have a demonstrated ability to interact successfully with internal and external constituencies.  Preferred qualifications include a documented record of extramurally-funded research; strong scholarly research accomplishments; experience in leading trans-disciplinary and/or trans-institutional projects or programs; experience fostering an environment that supports researchers; and knowledge or experience in technology transfer and entrepreneurial activities.

The successful candidate is expected to begin in the position on or about July 1, 2020. 

Application Instructions:

Please apply directly to Martin Baker at Buffkin/Baker. Please email a cover letter, curriculum vita, contact information for five professional references, and a vision statement not exceeding three pages or call to inquire.

Martin Baker, Managing Partner 


Inquiries and nominations may also be sent in confidence to the search firm.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by January 6, 2020.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.