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Executive Director, CIQC (0379U) - Dept of Physics

University of California, Berkeley
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Executive Director, CIQC (0379U) - Dept of Physics About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Challenge Institute for Quantum Computation (CIQC) advances research in quantum computing, along with connected topics in the areas of quantum simulation, sensing, and technology development, and quantum-inspired classical computing. We are based in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley and focus on three fundamental challenges to the development of the quantum computer.

The Executive Director of the Challenge Institute for Quantum Computation (CIQC) provides senior management and leadership of a multi-university, multi-disciplinary quantum information science institute. CIQC is funded by the National Science Foundation under the National Quantum Initiative. Manages research planning and dissemination of research outcomes within the three sub-challenge areas. Independently manage the Institute and the Center for Quantum Coherent Science (CQCS) facilities and budgets, and coordinate with campus administrators on matters of research administration, human resources, travel and entertainment, and other matters.

**This is a 2-year contract opportunity with the possibility of a 1-year extension depending on funding.**

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 19, 2023 - Open Until Filled


20% Manages research planning and dissemination of research outcomes within the three sub-challenge areas. Plans and executes Institute research coordination meetings including the annual QIS Community Symposium and the annual Joint Quantum Center Symposium, identify, with extensive communication with Institute personnel, additional workshops and meetings to be hosted by the Institute, and by coordinate activities with the Simons Institute and IPAM.

20% Independently manage the Institute and the Center for Quantum Coherent Science (CQCS) facilities and budgets, and coordinate with campus administrators on matters of research administration, human resources, travel and entertainment, and other matters. Oversee relations and financial arrangements with participating Universities, including through in-person visits, and also with the Simons Institute and IPAM. Prepare grant reporting materials as requested by the National Science Foundation. Plans, directs and controls program budget and manages financial, HR, technical, and other supporting resources.

20% Define, establish and manage synergistic partnerships with industry, National Laboratories, government entities, and other quantum science and technology centers, with such partnerships relating to the Institute activities and goals in the area of research, education and workforce development, and research coordination.

15% Oversee communications and public relations for the Institute and the CQCS, including maintaining the Institute website, managing social media communications, producing publicity materials, working with outside resources to create and distribute press releases, and coordinating with similar outreach efforts at the Simons Institute and Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM). Assess program's effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies and strategic goals accordingly.
Identify sources of funds for the Quantum Leap Challenge Institute (QLCI) and the CQCS, including funding supplements from the NSF, funding for new sponsored projects to be conducted by the QLCI and CQCS that emerge from the activities of the Institute, funding from private sources, and support from the University of California and the UC Berkeley campus to support the system-wide and campus-wide functions. Plan and host public outreach events, Identify potential funding opportunities and share recommendations. Work with the Leadership Team to respond to requests for proposals. Communicate with potential funders, organize meetings and events with a fundraising goal. Oversee University pre-award, contracts and grants, and post-award functions.

10% Represents the program to governing boards, outside agencies, and the public. Develops and maintains liaisons with external advisory board. Facilitate meetings with the Institute Director, co-Directors, Educational Director, Assessment Program Manager, Diversity Advisor, and external Advisory Board to develop strategic goals, objectives, and directions of the Institute and to help identify specific changes to resource allocations and program activities to achieve these goals. Act, where appropriate, as a point of contact between Institute sponsors PIs, partner institutions, University administration, and the Institute scientific Leadership Team. Continuously streamline the operational execution and effectiveness of the Institute and of the CQCS.

10% Coordinates varied and competing requirements associated with managing an innovative program in a university. Coordinates and maintains CQCS Colloquium series, seminars, and visitor programs by coordinating the selection of speakers and visitors, ensuring that travel and lodging arrangements are made and reimbursements are processed. Coordinates communications between visitors and scientific investigators.
Designing and executing a communications plan.

5% Represent the Institute and the CQCS, as needed and when appropriate, at national level meetings, and at briefings to the National Science Foundation, other government agencies, industry, University leadership, or other interested parties.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience training
  • Management and leadership experience. Experience with program building within academic institutions and with building collaborations between academic, industrial and government sectors.
  • Expertise in administrative, operational, budgetary, human resources, and financial principles and practices.
  • Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of researchers (faculty, staff, students), sponsors, and external collaborators.
  • Advanced scientific knowledge related to quantum information science.
  • Expert oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industrial and / or governmental agencies.
  • Expert fundraising experience.
  • Expert negotiation skills.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's" href="" style="font-variant-ligatures:normal; text-align:start; white-space:pre-wrap; color:blue; text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $112,000 to $150,000 annually.

Referral Source info
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Other Information

**This is a 2-year contract opportunity with the possibility of a 1-year extension depending on funding.**

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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