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RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / MIDE & UMKC School of Science and Engineering 78857

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Job Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / MIDE & UMKC School of Science and Engineering 78857
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 43602
Hiring Department The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Engineering and the Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy

The Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy (MIDE) within the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is founded on bridging fundamental physics with applied engineering to solve longstanding challenges in the defense, energy, and related commercial sectors. As of January 2022, MIDE employed 27 graduate students, 18 undergraduate students, 30 professional staff, and 15 faculty. MIDE has executed on projects sponsored by DARPA, DTRA, Intel, the NSF, ACS, AFRL, ONR, and others, ranging from beta-voltaics to neutron detection to neutron spectrometry to directed- and counter-directed energy weapons development.

Job Description The University of Missouri-Kansas City seeks applications for a Research Assistant Professor position appointed to the Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy (MIDE). The Research Assistant Professor leads applied pulsed power and electrical component design research and graduate student mentoring activities. This position will work with the MIDE team to seek external funding and support to research in pulsed power. Expertise in solid-state pulsed power theory and/or experimentation is a plus. The position will be based at the UMKC campus. This position is a ranked, non-tenure track, benefit eligible, full time (1.0 FTE) position under a renewable 9-month contract.


Research Assistant Professor, Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy (MIDE)Group Leader, Applied pulsed power and electrical component design teamPrincipal Investigator, independent grant proposal submission and execution in area(s) of interestResponsibilities

Lead fundamental research effort on high-voltage switching devices as it applies to present/future contract-based programs at MIDE per the direction and guidance of the Program Director/Lead(s)

meet deliverables (reports, hardware, other products) within planned time, budget, and scopesubmit monthly status reports that describe progress, breakthroughs, and challengesdisseminate research results via academic journal articles, patents, presentations, technical reports, etc., as appropriatementor graduate and undergraduate students contributing to the programsinterface with staff, postdocs, and other collaborators toward achieving programmatic goalsStand up and maintain a research group

secure funding, space, equipment, etc., from internal and external sources maintain safety, security, and additional federal/UM-CRR compliance requirementsconstruct proposals and technical content towards generating new revenue streams leveraging solid-state pulsed power theory to the focus areas of the Instituteprovide input, content, and analysis for proposals, quad charts, and white papers on cutting-edge state-of-the-art improvements to the system(s)/sub-system(s) you are overseeing and supporting as requested by Program Leads or of you own volitionContribute to MIDE and the School of Science and Engineering

collaborate with faculty, staff, and students from across MIDE and SSE toward shared goalscontribute technical expertise as appropriateUphold the MIDE Mission, Vision and Values

Minimum Qualifications A Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or equivalentDemonstrated record of research productivity Individual selected must be eligible for a US national security clearanceFull Time/Part Time

This position is a ranked, non-tenure track, benefit eligible, full time (1.0 FTE) position under a renewable 9-month contract. Opportunity for future promotion exists with this academic research appointment.


Salary is negotiable and commensurate with credentials and experience.

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins upon receipt, the position remains open until filled with a qualified applicant.

Application Instructions

Applications must be received online through the UMKC recruitment portal. Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter including: record of research activity andR extramural funding, prior experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and expertise in pulse power theory and electrical component design; resume; and a list of three references with current contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachments.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please email [email protected]

Comments MIDE currently employs, and actively supports the recruitment of, student veterans and active service members for research internships as well as military veterans with technical and research experience for academic/staff positions. We seek to support researchers and students from underrepresented groups engaged in STEM-related disciplines.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life by bridgiing academia with industry to address wicked problems. Known as Kansas City's university, UMKC MIDE consists of faculty, professional staff members, and students from a myriad of academic disciplines including Computing, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Education, History and more. Our innovative research and development spans four research areas that focus on the development and prototyping of new technologies and capabilities for both national security and dual-use markets which include, but are not limited to: Defense & Directed Energy Research, Bioengineering & Technology, Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science, Agricultural Education & Wellness.

The new School of Science and Engineering (SSE) was established through UMKC Forward, a university initiative to create multidisciplinary learning, academics, research, and outreach. The University of Missouri System's NextGen Data Science and Analytics Innovation Center (dSAIC), which supports university research across the state and plays a critical role in health, business, and workforce development across Kansas City and the regiond is based at UMKC and operates in partnership with the University of Missouri-Columbia. The school is home to the NSF IUCRC Center of Big Learning (CBL), collaborating with the University of Florida, University of Oregon, and various industry partners. CBL focuses on deep learning acceleration, model compression, image and video compression, remote sensing, and vision. Several transdisciplinary projects sponsored by NSF programs, such as Smart Connected Community (SCC) and Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE), aim to improve AI and Data Science research and education.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

Benefit Eligibility Why UMKC?

We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important resource.

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