Requisition ID:  26863

Innovation Science Lead

Job Summary

The Innovation Science Lead is responsible for driving university-wide application of Innovation Science principles to enhance center-scale research efforts and bolster the probability and significance of related societal impacts. The Innovation Science Lead will serve as a key liaison between Purdue University’s Institute for Innovation Science and the broader community of Purdue researchers and external partners, ensuring tailored application of proven Innovation Science methods and tools where applicable, identifying related fundamental research questions that warrant exploration, and forming relationships to advance Innovation Science and Purdue’s distinctiveness in this discipline. It is anticipated in this role that the Innovation Science Lead will interact heavily with internal Purdue research groups, external academic partners, industrial entities, and non-profit and governmental organizations to scale application of Innovation Science concepts on- and off-campus.


In conjunction with the Associate Vice President for Strategic Interdisciplinary Research, the Innovation Science Lead will identify leading research teams that would most benefit from Innovation Science and work closely with them to shape strategies to achieve transformative and impactful translation of their efforts, particularly in the proposal development stage. Finally, the Innovation Science Lead will engage deeply with in-house Innovation Science researchers to ensure that cutting-edge Innovation Science practices are broadly communicated, well-understood, and rapidly deployed across the Purdue community. Collectively, this work will necessarily cut across disciplines and involve substantial collaboration with interdisciplinary teams.


This position can be 100% remote.


Duties and Responsibilities

Develop a framework for the sustainable success of Innovation Science in the context of the university’s breakthrough scientific and engineering research, craft and execute strategic plans to ensure that Innovation Science is developed and utilized in large center efforts (where appropriate), and engage internal and external partners to move towards addressing these innovation science aims.


This will include the following:

  • Coordinate multiple research center team proposals simultaneously while executing the Innovation Science vision of the Executive Vice President for Research.
  • Collaborate with all branches of the Strategic Interdisciplinary Research wing to ensure that proposals, especially large center proposals, have Innovation Science as part of their mission, especially for efforts that are focused on advanced research initiatives.
  • Engage with external partners to build strong, long-lasting relationships such that these efforts can be mobilized as opportunities arise for centers and federal funding initiatives.
  • Manage relationships with sponsors, collaborators, and others to facilitate the effective operation of research at Purdue University.
  • Mentor and train faculty and staff on aspects of innovation science research and implementation to practice.
  • Lead large-scale institutional initiatives in support of the overall strategic research operations at Purdue


Leadership and Communication

  • Provide leadership in identifying new innovation science research questions and support pathways to pursue and achieve Innovation Science breakthroughs across campus to ensure that Purdue is the recognized thought leader in innovation science
  • Communicate and collaborate with university executives and leaders across the research enterprise
  • Address and resolve issues and concerns from leaders, campus administrators, faculty, and sponsors
  • Resolve issues both internally and externally with sponsors and collaborators




  • Bachelor’s degree in any relevant discipline 
  • Six (6) years of experience in one or more of the following required:
    • Experience in leadership and advancing the innovation science body of knowledge and application in applied contexts
    • Experience guiding and working with large teams of higher education experts
    • Experience in a scientific or research setting
    • Experience with sponsored funding research proposals
  • Demonstrable competency in innovation science research, application, and implementation
  • Aptitude in the proposal writing process for federal and foundation grants
  • Excellent interpersonal, public speaking, and writing skills
  • Ability to network within and outside of large institutions



  • Ph.D. in a relevant field 


Additional Information:   

  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary, CLICK HERE   
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position    
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position  
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)  
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions immediately    
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply  

Career Stream

Compensation Information:
Professional 4
Pay Band S080
Link to Purdue University's compensation guidelines:
Job Code # 20003227