Research & Industrial Liaison Officer

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Research & Industrial Liaison Officer

Stanford University

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Research & Industrial Liaison Officer

Job Code: 4112
Grade: J
FTE: 100%, exempt, 3 Year Fixed Term

School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the School of Engineering at Stanford University is seeking a Research & Industrial Liaison Officer for its National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure, ReNUWIt. The ERC is an interdisciplinary, multi-institution research center whose goal is to change the ways in which we manage urban water. This is a 3-year fixed term appointment.

This position supports both the research and the industrial/practitioner outreach mission of ReNUWIt. With the Director and Deputy-Director, the RILO assesses the progress of research projects towards attainment of systems-level goals and works with faculty to evaluate research outcomes. The RILO designs a vision for the industrial/practitioner program, manages the execution of the program and is responsible for promoting industrial engagement and sustaining membership. The RILO leads practitioner outreach activities for translating innovations into workable solutions and develops executable plans consistent with available budgets.

The position requires an inspirational technical leader with a high degree of knowledge in the overall field of environmental engineering and science with respect to water infrastructure and urban water resources and themes of the ERC. Problem-solving requires intellectual understanding of the field, nuanced assessments of research collaborations and outcomes, and analysis of industry long-term planning and opportunities for sponsored projects. Practical experience in the field required. The incumbent will manage programs that include working with faculty and researchers in both technical and social science fields, formulating strategies and administering policies, managing fund raising and resources with a high degree of autonomy.

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Primary Responsibilities:

Industrial Outreach

  • Manages ongoing industry partnerships.
  • Communicates with industrial partners about new and ongoing projects and research testbeds using multiple communication platforms.
  • Represents the program to governing boards, outside agencies, and the public to increase awareness of the ERC's innovation programs.
  • Facilitates ongoing discussions with industry partners regarding ReNUWIt's sustainability post NSF funding.

Research Program Management
  • Manages and tracks the research program across four member universities. Makes recommendations to center leadership on the direction of research.
  • Directs and oversees in-progress reviews of research projects as well as project reporting.
  • Responsible for and contributes substantially to outreach and technology transfer, industrial practitioner relations, and organizational involvement in innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

Support for ERC activities
  • Plans and manages ReNUWIt's Annual Meeting, Industrial Advisory Board Meeting, and Science Advisory Board Meeting.
  • Manages annual reporting to the NSF, including but not limited to compiling ReNUWIt's Annual Report and writing the Innovation Ecosystem chapter.
  • Provides support for grant applications, proposals, and other information requests.
  • Represents the center at utility and industry meetings.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and three or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree in Environmental Engineering or related field preferred. Experience working on water issues desired.
  • Exceptional initiative, resourcefulness, and interpersonal skills. Ability to lead and work effectively with a high degree of autonomy as well as collaboratively with ReNUWIt faculty, students, and industrial/practitioner partners.
  • Superb abilities in technical writing and communicating to professional and lay audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to inspire trust and motivate team members and external stakeholders. Willingness to listen to and learn from others.
  • Ability to independently prioritize work based on an organization's strategic vision/goals. A practical bent with a focus on applied solutions and turning ideas into action.
  • Entrepreneurial skills, ability to function effectively in large complex organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Experience with or ability to learn a variety of web-based tools, including database management, invoicing, and website development.

*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Why Stanford is for You
We provide market competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our unique perks align with what matters to you:
  • Freedom to grow. As one of the greatest intellectual hubs in the world, take advantage of development programs, tuition reimbursement plus $800 you receive annually towards skill-building classes, or audit a Stanford course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. Create an avatar and participate in virtual reality adventures or join one with fellow staff on Stanford vacations!
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computing, cell phones, outdoor recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on “Apply for Job”. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume with your application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background in customer service and provide examples of your experience with attention to detail, responsiveness, and decision-making.


Location: School of Engineering, California, United States
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





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Posted: 7/6/2018
Application Due: 9/17/2018
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