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Vice Provost for Research Translation & Entrepreneurship

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi

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Vice Provost for Research Translation & Entrepreneurship

Abu Dhabi
Open Date:
Jun 17, 2022

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks an entrepreneurial and skilled leader to serve as the Vice Provost for Research Translation and Entrepreneurship. The Vice-Provost for Research Translation and Entrepreneurship (VP-RTE) will provide positive and collaborative leadership in research innovation, translation, industry and community engagement, and enterprise development. They will work closely with the deans and other members of the Provost Office to identify, foster, and promote ideas with potential for translation and positive societal and commercial impact. The VP-RTE will also need to collaborate with similar offices at NYU NY and will require coordination with NYU NY to develop policies and guidelines. A key element will include a strong collaboration with startAD, a global accelerator steering seed-stage technology start-ups in the UAE and with a strong relationship to NYUAD. The VP-RTE will lead the formulation of strategy and processes to drive forward research innovation, industrial interactions, and enterprise development at NYUAD. They will convene and stakeholders, establish new approaches to grow industry engagement and translation, lead necessary culture changes and promote the University’s research activity and its application on national and global stages.

The VP-RTE will be coming to a university that is growing and ambitious for its future and playing a pivotal role in the development of Abu Dhabi.  NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. The global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities. NYUAD’s current academic strategy seeks to bolster innovative and high caliber research; provide transformative and innovative undergraduate and graduate education; and foster development, innovation, and engagement that will have a positive societal impact in Abu Dhabi and beyond. 


The VP-RTE reports to the Provost of NYUAD. The successful candidate will have a record of successful leadership in research and innovation in academia and/or industry.
They will bring demonstrated achievements in applied research or translation in any domain relevant to NYUAD, and a commitment to and vision for interdisciplinary activity and global education.
Experience in innovation, commercialization, and working in or closely with industry will be a required experience. 

Application Instructions:

NYUAD has retained the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important recruitment. Interested applicants should submit a current CV/resume and statement of interest to the website:  Nomination and inquiries should also be submitted to the same website.   Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process.

NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity (IDBE). For more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values create fundamental to our mission please visit

We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University, including women, underrepresented minorities, and UAE nationals.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

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NYU is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and social inclusion.


NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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