Research Professional III
Position Summary: A research professional who is a highly motivated, dependable, detail-oriented self-starter with excellent communications skills is sought to manage the Materials Innovation Center (MIC) at UGA. The MIC is a prototyping center which assists entrepreneurs in transitioning their technologies from the lab into industry-relevant products with a wide range of technologies emerging from various engineering and materials science areas. The successful candidate will manage day-to-day operations of the MIC within the Innovation Gateway, UGA's technology commercialization group, and will report to the head of the Startup Program. This role will involve experimental design, equipment sourcing and supervision, and the supervision of any contract technicians employed to carry out the experiments. In this role, you will mentor early stage startups and play a key role in the I-Corps customer discovery process. The role requires an ability to liaise between users of the facility and UGA faculty whose expertise they need; assistance with documentation of know-how; and production of standard operating procedures for the MIC; along with detailed record keeping and tracking MIC usage and impact; in pursuit of the overall goal of helping MIC users achieve proof-of-concept. The successful candidate will have experience in a wide range of physical sciences and engineering, be enthusiastic and inquisitive, knowledgeable about a wide range of experimental protocols and have an interest in the translation of scientific discoveries into products and companies.
Responsibilities: Manage day-to-day operations of the MIC. Be the point of intake for all potential MIC users, directing them to the next appropriate step in the process of product development in consultation with the rest of the startup team. Keep track of center usage and impact.
Qualifications: Master's degree and some experience or equivalent combination of Bachelor's degree plus experience and skills required. Area-specific certification and/or training may be required and other training will be provided as appropriate.
About UGA: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
Full time/Part time: Full Time
EEO Policy Statement: The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.