DIBS Director Search

Duke University invites applications for the Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). We seek an accomplished neuroscientist with the desire and capacity to engage and lead the broad neurosciences community at Duke. Candidates should possess the experience and energy to catalyze new initiatives and collaborations both across and outside of the University, the vision to identify strategic priorities, and the capacity to provide leadership in research, scholarship, education, and outreach. The Director will also have a faculty appointment in the appropriate department at Duke University.

DIBS was established in 2007 as one of six University Institutes and Centers that promote interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement at Duke. The DIBS mission is to advance neuroscience research, education, and service and provide innovative solutions to problems in health and society. DIBS serves as the focal point for interdisciplinary brain science research, education, and service. DIBS-affiliated faculty include a broad range of scientists and scholars from across all schools of the University as well as the Medical Center. The University has committed substantial resources to the Institute, including support for professional staff, research initiatives, faculty recruitment, and administration.

Candidates for the Institute Director position are expected to possess an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD degree, a sustained record of scholarly excellence in neuroscience, and outstanding leadership skills.

Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae, and a statement summarizing their research interests, leadership experience, and their broad vision for interdisciplinary research and teaching in the brain sciences directly to the search firm, Spencer-Stuart, at dibsdirector@spencerstuart.com.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability.


Provost Sally Kornbluth and School of Medicine Dean Nancy Andrews have appointed the following search committee for the DIBS Director position:
Warren Grill, Chair 
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Neurobiology
Alison Adcock 
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 
Psychology and Neuroscience, and Neurobiology
Nicole Calakos 
Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology
Geraldine Dawson 
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development 
Duke University School of Medicine 
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Kafui Dzirasa 
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Nita Farahany 
Professor of Law and Philosophy 
Director, Duke Science & Society
Simon Gregory 
Associate Professor 
Duke Molecular Physiology Institute 
Departments of Medicine, and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Scott Huettel 
Chair and Jerry and Patricia Hubbard Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Stephen Lisberger 
Chair and Professor, Department of Neurobiology
Karen Neander 
Professor of Philosophy
Scott Soderling 
Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neurobiology 
Co-director, BAC Recombineering Facility
Gregory Wray 
Professor of Biology 
Director, Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology
Ex officio:
Edward Balleisen 
Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies 
Associate Professor of History and Public Policy 
Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Raphael Valdivia 
Vice Dean for Basic Science, School of Medicine 
Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

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The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a scientific institute with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to education, service and knowledge across disciplines. We encourage creativity, taking risks, sharing ideas and working together.


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