TThe University of Oregon (UO), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the state’s flagship university, announced in October 2016 an extraordinary $500 million gift from Penny and Phil Knight, BBA ‘59. This transformative donation is the cornerstone of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact (Knight Campus), a $1 billion, ten-year initiative that is designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. This is an extraordinary moment for the UO and an exceptional opportunity for a distinguished scientific leader to be the inaugural Director for the Knight Campus.
The Knight Campus will build upon the university’s nationally recognized research strengths in neurosciences, molecular biology, genomics, materials science, optical science, nanotechnology, green chemistry, biology, the built environment, and prevention science while simultaneously lifting the university to new heights of research excellence and translational impacts by pioneering novel scientific approaches and pioneering new areas of research, with an initial emphasis in the life sciences, broadly envisioned. The Knight Campus will also build on the longstanding interdisciplinary traditions of the UO, bringing together life scientists, physical scientists, engineers, and human health researchers to solve problems of import in today’s society, collaborate with universities in Oregon and beyond, and engage with industry and funders to commercialize technology.
The ideal candidate will be an exceptional leader who brings a strong record of research excellence, successful experience managing people, projects, and processes across fields and disciplines, an ability to create and implement programs to grow cutting-edge research, and the requisite interpersonal and communications skills to represent the Knight Campus externally and to secure additional resources.
Vivian Brocard and Regan Gough are leading this search with Vijay Saraswat.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.