Research Center Manager - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (A1800196)

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Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment,, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a RESEARCH CENTER MANAGER who can manage, coordinate and organize multi-themed Bioenergy Center and establish overall proposal development within the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE). For more information visit:

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and foster collaborations with the operational managers of the other DOE funded Bioenergy Research Centers.
  • Compile and provide monthly research highlight reports to sponsor; liaise with the DOE Program Manager.
  • Coordinate data management, IP, and material transfers across all internal and external partners.
  • Organize and manage project teams which involves fostering collaborations, convening and facilitating meetings, creating action plans and timelines, establishing goals, roles and responsibilities.
  • Supervise the laboratory manager and Research Coordinators including task assignment, ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback, career development planning, leave/travel approval and conducting annual performance evaluation.
  • Develop and implement CABBI management procedures.
  • Oversee, lead, and provide strategic input for Executive Committee, Advisory and Governance Boards meetings, annual research retreats, and sponsor site visits.
  • Lead teams of scientists and staff in the preparation of funding applications; plan and draft non-technical sections of proposals, as well as edit drafts produced by others; develop budgets and budget justifications; assist with uploading proposals to various sponsor sites.
  • Manage and ensure university and regulatory compliance of the center's facility.
  • Leverage resources, expertise and experience across projects, including specific operational strategies for budget creation, forecasting, purchasing and invoice approval, process improvement, and strategic planning.
  • Participate in the design and modification of research protocols.
  • Work with Sustainability, Conversion, and Feedstock Theme Leaders and other team managers/leads as necessary to find ways to increase productivity and integration of research across all themes and between the partner institutions.
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate research budgets for Sustainability, Conversion and Feedstock research themes.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve research, protocol, and SOP issues and advise theme leaders on emerging risks.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with CABBI scientists as well as with the D.O.E. Operations community to ensure alignment and execution of objectives.
  • Advise Theme leaders on new developing research initiatives to assist in the evaluation of ongoing and future research projects.
  • Develop and implement processes and procedures ensuring the protocols continue to meet high standards and retain appropriate certifications and approve all altered or new policies and procedures for the Bioenergy Center.
  • Responsible for the development and justification of the department's current and future equipment, facility and staff requirements.
  • Attend and participate in sponsored-led national Bioenergy Center conferences and workshops.
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

EDUCATION - Required: Master's degree in chemistry, biology, physics or related fields of study. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience, depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Preferred: PhD

EXPERIENCE - Required: Supervisory experience. Minimum 4 years progressively more responsible research experience in an academic or professional research setting. Preferred: Five or more years of relative experience in research settings, with 2 or more of these years at the management level.

KNOWLEDGE - Required: Broad knowledge of scientific principles. The ability to work independently and take initiative when needed. The ability to identify problems and develop solutions. Excellent organizational skills to ensure smooth functioning of the Bioenergy Center and across each research theme and external partners. Ability to exercise independent discretion and judgment to solve problems is important, as well as prioritize effectively in a dynamic environment. Excellent oral and written communications. Ability to accurately analyze information and numerical data and make strategic decisions having cross-organizational impacts while serving as a technical resource for project teams and for other departments. Must be organized, self-directed, can handle a variety of tasks in a matrix environment. Possess strong and poised interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills. Ability to supervise others, encouraging success of team members. Ability to work collaboratively and cross-functionally with internal and external parties. Familiarity with computational and statistical methods, ability to summarize and interpret results of statistical analysis and data quality checking through graphical and tabular figures. Proficiency in Microsoft office suite.

Proposed start date: As soon as possible.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment Status: Full-time academic professional, grant-supported appointment renewable annually pending continued funding and satisfactory progress within the position. Qualified individuals will be eligible to receive vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement through the State Universities Retirement System; and group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

To apply: For full consideration, applications must be received by April 20, 2018. Interviews may be conducted prior to search closing date, but hiring decision will not be made until after the closing date. To apply, submit an online profile through, and upload a letter that details qualifications noted above, CV/Resume and the names and contact information of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Erica Hanson, HR Associate, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, at [email protected]. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Center Manager - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (A1800196)
Open Date: 03/26/2018
Close Date: 04/20/2018
Organization Name: Inst for Sustain, Enrgy, and Env





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Posted: 3/28/2018
Application Due: 4/21/2018
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