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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois 61801
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Illinois Applied Research Institute
College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nationwide Search

The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks to fill the position of Director of the Applied Research Institute (ARI). The ARI Director will be selected by, and report to, the Dean of the UIUC College of Engineering.

The ARI is a research, development and engineering (RD&E) organization on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The ARI professional research staff executes applied research and development projects for a range of customers, including government agencies and corporations, with expertise in materials development; monitoring, diagnostics and control; and algorithm and software development. The next ARI Director will build and steward strategic long-term partnerships, leading to a significant crosscutting research and development portfolio in application spaces such as defense, manufacturing, building science, environmental sensing, health, and agriculture. The Director will be a part of the Dean's leadership team, and will be responsible for proactively increasing the visibility and broadening of applied research collaborations with federal, state, industrial and international agencies. For more information, please visit our website at www.appliedresearch.illinois.edu.

We seek nationally-visible candidates who exhibit exceptional leadership skills with an established track record of collaboration and partnership. The successful candidate will possess strong communication, management, and negotiating skills, with demonstrated accomplishments in: establishing and sustaining a vibrant research organization; leveraging a deep network of government mission-driven agency contacts to cultivate and capture new funding opportunities; and partnering with other research organizations, particularly within the academic R&D community. All candidates must possess the minimum of a baccalaureate degree in a relevant field and must be eligible for a national security clearance. Ideal candidates will hold an earned doctoral degree or the highest degree awarded in her/his discipline. If the individual selected to serve as Director is additionally qualified to hold faculty status, an affiliation with an academic department may be considered.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Guide the development of the strategic plan for the second phase of the development of ARI and provide leadership in execution of these plans.
  • Develop and direct research, development and engineering priorities for ARI, and advocate for these priorities internally and with national funding agencies, corporations, and potential partner institutions.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship of ARI research staff in identifying new research opportunities.
  • Establish and develop research and development collaborations and partnerships with faculty, industry, and government stakeholders.
  • Establish mechanisms for effective team building, including developing coalitions with other research institutes.
  • Build ARI teams to respond to specific calls for proposals and execute resulting programs.
  • Understand the needs and develop approaches to continually grow and develop Institute scientists, engineers and technologists, including professional development, opportunities for bridge funding, and increased exposure to new sources for learning.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary to further the ARI mission and success.

The ARI Director is a full-time twelve-month academic professional appointment with full University benefits. To apply for this position, candidates should create a profile at jobs.illinois.edu and submit a cover letter articulating a vision for this position, together with a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references as a single PDF document. Nominations are also welcome by contacting the Search Chair, Tony Jacobi, at a-jacobi@illinois.edu with the name, phone number, email address, and brief summary of the potential candidate. Complete applications should be received by July 20, 2018, for full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application reviews may take place before the closing date, but no hiring decision will be made before that time. The start date is as soon as possible and salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Please direct questions pertaining to the search or application procedures to Lori Willoughby at rairden@illinois.edu or 217-333-3837.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).


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