Vice Dean, Office of Research

Ref: 6009

Duke-NUS Medical School


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Role Managed by:

Jesse Sloane


t: 00 852 3619 8214


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: commensurate with experience

Duke-NUS Medical School

Duke-NUS, in collaboration with its Partner in Academic Medicine, SingHealth, and its parent universities Duke University and the National University of Singapore (NUS), has become an internationally recognized leader in biomedical education and research with findings that are translated into health solutions. Duke-NUS adopts a multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary approach, leveraging state-of-the-art technology platforms to open new horizons for research. The SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC) harnesses the collective strengths of Duke-NUS’ medical education and research capabilities, and SingHealth’s clinical expertise. Through this partnership, clinical care, education, and research are integrated, leading to improved healthcare and patient outcomes. Under the AMC umbrella, Duke-NUS-affiliated investigators undertake clinical research at hospitals, clinics and community-based sites across Singapore. Our faculty and researchers collaborate with academic and healthcare institutions, government organisations, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, both locally and internationally. Significant research discoveries have been made at Duke-NUS, and many of our researchers have been recognized with accolades and awards from across the globe. We place great emphasis on the continued professional and personal development of our entire research team.

The Vice Dean (VD), Office of Research (OOR) oversees the strategic planning, administration, and operations of the Office of Research, and is the liaison with other research entities in Singapore and at Duke University. The VD OOR is a key member of the Duke-NUS Medical School 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 our 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 with tenure. 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 SRPs 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 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. Attend regular Dean’s planning group meetings, monthly Academic Medicine Executive Committee meetings, as well as Academic Council and other senior leadership platforms as defined by the Dean.
  • 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.
  • Substantial relevant work experience 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.


How to Apply 

Applications should include the following:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date CV
  • any other relevant supporting documents

Completed applications should be uploaded via this page.


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