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The International School for Advanced Studies (known as SISSA) seeks candidates for the position of Director of the School. SISSA ( is a public university founded in 1978 in Trieste, Italy. Its mission is to perform leading-edge scientific research and to educate PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows. SISSA is comprised of about 70 faculty members, 240 PhD students, 100 Postdoctoral fellows, and no undergraduates. It is organized in the three Areas of Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, and Neuroscience, plus an Interdisciplinary Laboratory for new initiatives. The faculty and student body is international, with 42 nations represented; the English language is used in teaching, research, and all academic affairs. 

The successful candidate is expected to assume the Directorship by November 1, 2015, for a single non-renewable term of 6 years. The Director must be of an academic stature for appointment as a tenured SISSA professor, and will be responsible (1) for the academic and financial functions of the School and (2) for the relations of the School with national and local levels of government. The profile of candidates should include a record of outstanding scientific contributions in Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Neuroscience or related fields of science. Experience in managing institutional operations, knowledge of the Italian language and familiarity with the Italian university system are critical advantages, while applicants currently outside the Italian university system are particularly encouraged.

Inquiries and statements of interest are welcome both from candidates and from those wishing to nominate third parties. Please send statements of interest, or documented nominations to the Search Committee by May 15, 2014 using the address

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