Director, Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center

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Arizona State University (ASU) seeks an inaugural Director to lead the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (NDRC) at the Biodesign Institute. The NDRC is a partnership between ASU and Phoenix-based Banner Health that capitalizes on Banner’s internationally recognized programs in Alzheimer’s disease research and patient care and ASU’s prominence as a leading world-class research university. The NDRC Center Director will be a global leader in basic and translational neuroscience research with the proven ability to lead, recruit, and motivate faculty, scientists, and staff.

The Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center is focused on the aggressive pursuit of new battleground tactics in the war against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, including multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Its researchers will help galvanize the understanding of disease mechanisms and genetic risk factors, the discovery of targets at which to aim promising new treatments and assays, and the discovery and evaluation of promising new treatments for these diseases. The NDRC is expected to become one of the largest and most impactful neuroscience research centers in the world.

One of the nation’s top public universities and ranked #1 in Innovation by U.S. News & World Report, ASU is undertaking a bold reinvention of higher education as the New American University. Under the visionary leadership of President Michael Crow, ASU has developed numerous new programs and units that defy and bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge, while developing practical solutions to serve Arizona and the world at large. ASU has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, research, and teaching excellence and assumes significant responsibility for the cultural, social and economic vitality of its surrounding communities in the metropolitan Phoenix region and beyond.

Nominations and Applications

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged. Please direct them to: or to the AGB search consultants listed below.

ASU will begin review of applications immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Application materials should include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the Director,
  • Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center position
  • A research vision statement for position relative to the NDRC (not to exceed two pages)
  • Names and full contact information for four references (references will not be contacted without prior approval

Complete application materials should be sent electronically (Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word) to:

AGB Search – NDRC Consultant Team:

Kimberly Templeton, J.D., , O: (202) 776-0820 / C: (540) 761-9494

Rod McDavis, Ph.D., Managing , O: (202) 776-0854

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis protected by law. Employment may be contingent upon successful passing of background and fingerprint checks.