Professor of Practice - Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF) (77118)

University of Florida
Shalimar, FL

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Professor of Practice - Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF) (77118)

Shalimar, FL
Open Date:
Jul 14, 2021

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month non- tenure track faculty and administrative position at the rank of Professor of Practice. This position will be a member of the Florida Engineering Experiment Station (FLEX) and may be granted a courtesy appointment in the academic department of their expertise.

Reporting to FLEX, this unique position is seeking candidates with both research and administrative leadership. The Regional Director of the UF Innovation Station at the Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF) conducts research and pursues research opportunities, manages the daily operations and staff at the REEF, provides oversight for research activities and educational programs, and engages the local industry and community to support regional economic development and foster local connections to UF’s resources.  

Research responsibilities include serving as the on-site manager for Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Research Contract (currently 20 active projects), discussing potential new projects with AFRL researchers, identifying UF faculty members to serve as Principal Investigators on projects, initiating and serving as the PI on projects relevant to personal expertise and hiring and supervising postdoctoral researchers and research scientists to work on AFRL tasks.

Responsibilities for the educational programs includes serving as the on-site manager for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Education Contract, recruiting new graduate students, helping new students with study plans, supervising directed research courses, and finding advisors for new Ph.D. students. In addition, this position will write monthly status reports and the annual report for education contract, and work with Engineering Department Chairs and the Electronic Delivery of Gator Engineering (EDGE) Director to plan new courses and professional development offerings to meet Eglin needs.

As a Regional Director for the UF Innovation Station at REEF, this position will help establish and grow partnerships with the academic/research, private and public sectors in the region with a focus on growing and diversifying the region’s innovation economy. This position will connect industry and government partners to faculty for consultation, students for internships and employment, technology for commercialization, unique equipment and talent for R&D support, and training infrastructure and content for workforce development all with the goal to grow the region’s high-tech ecosystem.

Operational responsibilities for the REEF include provisioning on-site leadership for REEF faculty and staff, allocating lab and office space, facilitate/support faculty acquisition of major research instrumentation and management of existing equipment inventory, represent REEF to Eglin leadership (including AFRL/RW, AFLCMC/EN, and Air Force Test Center), serve as REEF representative for Okaloosa County EDC TeCMEN organization, approve use of REEF meeting space, including FOUO (for official use only) meetings and consult with UF Facilities staff to prioritize REEF maintenance needs.

The University of Florida is the flagship campus of the State of Florida university system and is ranked as the #6 best public US university according to US News and World Report. The University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is one of the largest and most dynamic engineering programs in the nation. Offering a curriculum that spans 10 departments and schools, 15 degree programs and more than 20 centers and institutes, the college produces leaders and problem-solvers who take a multidisciplinary approach toward innovative, human- centered solutions. Persons joining the College will find outstanding facilities, interdisciplinary opportunities, a collaborative and collegial work environment, and a strong dedication to diversity and excellence in research and education. Potential applicants seeking more information are encouraged to visit our website at



Preference will be given to applicants holding a doctoral degree in engineering however, those with commensurate industry experience and a masters degree in a related technical field may also be considered. Knowledge and experience required include a broad understanding of systems engineering, guidance, navigation, and control, test and evaluation, and materials properties. This position will also mentor graduate and postdoctoral researchers and assist with technical and programmatic reports, journal articles and conference presentations.

Application Instructions:

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled. All applications must be submitted through Interfolio at: (Please see Job Requisition #77118). Complete applications must include the following files in PDF format: (1) cover letter (summary and introduction related to hiring emphasis areas); (2) a diversity statement (including experience in working with diverse and underrepresented groups in engineering); (3) a curriculum vitae; and (4) the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of no less than three and up to five references. Supplemental materials such as a research program vision statement (with a focus on how any plans will support the college), a teaching statement (including a personal philosophy and interests); or up to three representative journal articles (co-authored by the applicant) are welcomed but not required.  The anticipated start for the position is Fall 2021 with some flexibility for a later start based on individual needs.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

The University of Florida is committed to nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.


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