College of Engineering: Director, Illinois Applied Research Institute (F1700150)

Champaign, IL
Oct 10, 2017
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Four-Year Institution

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

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

The ARI, housed in the University of Illinois South Research Park, is a research development and engineering (RD&E) venture on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The ARI responds to a set of long-standing regional and national needs to pursue and execute applied research and development projects normally considered beyond traditional fundamental research boundaries of the University of Illinois enterprise and to provide rapid response to technical opportunities and requirements. These goals drive the structure of the Institute, composed of senior and staff researchers and research faculty.

The new ARI Director will be responsible for the development of a robust research and development program effort, with emphasis on strategic partnerships that can support the establishment of broad relationships across the College of Engineering, the campus, and the state. It is anticipated that the Director will travel (often with ARI researchers) to build and steward a fully national and global RD&E enterprise. The Director, in collaboration/consultation with the ARI Internal Advisory Board, will establish Institute strategy and policy, and will manage and mentor a substantial number of administrative, research and technical staff that is expected to grow as the research enterprise expands.

We seek internal candidates who currently hold tenured faculty positions and who exhibit exceptional leadership skills with a demonstrated orientation toward collaboration and partnership. The successful candidate will possess: strong communication, influence, and negotiating skills; expertise and skills in mentoring early-career researchers; a deep network of government mission agency contacts; and an active research program. Ideal candidates should articulate a strong belief in full-spectrum research endeavors and demonstrate success in developing strong partnerships, and securing industry and applied federal funding (e.g., DoD, DHS, DoE, etc.). All candidates must possess the minimum of a doctoral degree in a relevant engineering/science field and must be eligible for or hold a national security clearance.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with College and campus stakeholders when appropriate, develop ARI technical priority areas, and advocate for these priorities with national funding agencies and other potential partners.

  • Initiate and steward major research centers, laboratories, facilities and projects in alignment with ARI strategic priorities.
  • Provide leadership in identifying new research opportunities, and establish and develop collaborations and partnerships among faculty, industry, and government.
  • Establish mechanisms for effective team building, including developing collaborations with faculty members and research staff, on- and off-campus research institutes, and government laboratories.
  • Build and advise teams to respond to specific calls for proposals.
  • Develop and apply approaches to continually grow and develop the professional skill and expertise of ARI scientists, engineers and technologists, including mentoring and professional development, opportunities for bridge funding, and increased exposure to new sources for learning.

The ARI Director is a full-time twelve-month administrative appointment accompanied by a full-time, tenured Professor appointment with full University benefits. To apply for this position, candidates should create a profile at and submit a cover letter articulating their vision for this position, together with a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references. Complete applications should be received by October 30, 2017, for full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 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 or 217-333-3837.

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College Name or Administrative Unit: Engineering
Category: Faculty and Other Academic
Title: College of Engineering: Director, Illinois Applied Research Institute (F1700150)
Open Date: 10/09/2017
Organization Name: Engineering Dean