Job Opportunity - President

After eleven years at the helm of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Dr. John Burris will retire.  He announced his plans at the recent BWF Board of Directors meeting to step down on November 1, 2019.

Under Dr. Burris’s watch the Fund helped spark endeavors across Burroughs Wellcome Fund programmatic activities that support biomedical research, career development, and STEM education in North Carolina. He has championed efforts to increase diversity in science and in science communication to make science and careers in science accessible to all.  Recently, Dr. Burris led a major $25 million initiative designed to provide support for institutional programs that encourage and train MD’s for a career in research.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is conducting a search for its next President.  The search criteria follows:



The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. Within this broad mission, BWF has two primary goals:

  • To help scientists early in their careers develop as independent investigators
  • To advance fields in the basic biomedical sciences that are undervalued or in need of particular encouragement

The Opportunity

The Burroughs Wellcome provides approximately $40 million in annual funding across the biomedical research landscape and in STEM education in the Fund’s home state of North Carolina. BWF believes that a diverse scientific workforce is essential to the process and advancement of research innovation, academic discovery, and public service.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund seeks an innovative and creative leader dedicated to advancing biomedical science, promoting career development for biomedical researchers, developing leaders in the research enterprise, and championing STEM education. 

The President is responsible for developing, executing, and evaluating BWF competitive award programs and other program-related activities in targeted areas of biomedical research and STEM education.   In particular, she or he will provide the visionary leadership for the Fund’s grant strategy. The President will also promote the mission of the Fund through engaging with various networks, audiences, and communication channels.  Further information on the position can be found in the President's job description.

To assure full consideration, applicants must submit by July 15, 2019, a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest (maximum of two pages) that includes one’s vision for directions for the Fund, and the name and contact information for three references. Interested candidates should submit these materials electronically to Barbara Evans at  

Questions regarding the details of this position should be directed to Russ Campbell, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, at

BWF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and candidates underrepresented groups to apply.