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Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

Vice-President (Research)

Canada-New Brunswick-Fredericton


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The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is Canada's oldest English-language university and one of the first public universities established in North America. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution is home to over 60 research centres and institutes, groups and ongoing projects. The university offers over 75 undergraduate and graduate programs in 14 faculties to more than 10,500 students at campuses in Fredericton and Saint John from more than 100 countries, and several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts more than 75 per cent of the province’s university research.

Job Description

The University of New Brunswick is committed to enhancing its reputation as one of the most research-intensive comprehensive universities in Canada. As the premier research institute in New Brunswick - responsible for 75% of publicly funded research in the Province - UNB is proud to embrace and support all aspects of research and related scholarly activities in the pursuit and advancement of knowledge. From its main campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick, UNB offers undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,500 students in more than 75 disciplines and continuing education in a variety of fields. With full-time and part-time degrees in Arts, Science, Business Administration, Computer Science, Nursing, Engineering, Education, Forestry, Law, and Kinesiology, as well as certificates and diplomas, UNB’s rich environment promotes a wide range of exciting interdisciplinary research opportunities. 


Reporting directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor, and working closely with the President, the other Vice-Presidents and the Deans, the Vice-President (Research) provides leadership and vision in shaping UNB’s strategic research directions and agenda. The Vice-President (Research) is a member of the University’s senior management team, and plays a significant role in formulating plans for all aspects of the development of the University, and is a member of the Senates on both campuses. The Vice-President (Research) is the primary external and internal advocate for the development and promotion of the University’s research programs, and is the primary spokesperson for the University on matters of research policy and impact locally, provincially and nationally. In addition, establishing strong connections with the Federal Granting Councils, other research agencies, industry and community is an integral part of the role.


As the ideal candidate, you bring a distinguished academic background, an impressive research track record of your own, and a deep commitment to students and the student research experience. You have demonstrated the capacity for outstanding academic leadership, a dedication to teaching, research, and interdisciplinary activity, and a collaborative perspective gained through creating networks across public and private agencies. You lead with an inclusive, collaborative and transparent approach, have demonstrated success in fostering teamwork in research and are able to work and communicate effectively with the full university community across UNB’s two main campuses. Your leadership style is characterized by collegiality, integrity, confidence, and the keen ability to build strong relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders, including industry, community, government and funding partners.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status.


The University of New Brunswick is committed to the principle of Employment Equity.


To explore this opportunity, please contact Stephanie Sykes or Nikki Mifflen at 902-421-1310, or submit your application online at:

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Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette
Posting Date: 25-May-2017Education - College/University Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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