Executive Director, Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Location
Raleigh, Wake County
Posted
Jun 18, 2014
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Government Agencies
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Number: 00103991

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The mission of the Institute is to develop advanced manufacturing processes and designs that will enable large-scale production and large-scale adoption of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. This will allow power electronic systems to be smaller, faster, more robust, and efficient than silicon systems. This $140m project unites academic, government, and industry partners to revolutionize energy efficiency across a wide range of applications, including electronic devices, power grids, and electric vehicles. Specifically, the Institute will: * Develop critical WBG power electronic technologies, * Spark early commercialization in high value markets by stimulating demand, * Support and grow the manufacturing base, and * Nurture the U.S. WBG semiconductor industry through education programs and training. NC State was selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to lead this institute consortium, comprised of government, industry, and academic partners in a national effort to revitalize global energy efficiency by accelerating the large scale manufacture and adoption of wide bandgap semiconductors.

Essential Job Duties: The Executive Director's focus is critical to embrace and advance the Institute's mission; to establish, staff, and manage the Institute; and to ensure success in meeting its strategic goals. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development, the Executive Director's key responsibilities include: * Managing all aspects of establishment of the Institute at NC State consistent with and as required by governing documents and applicable laws, * Staffing, organizing, and managing the Institute's staff, * Exercising vision and leadership in driving the strategic planning effort and ensuring timely and effective deliverables, * Establishing appropriate governance structures and processes to facilitate effective and fluid working relationships among all Institute partners, * Developing the Institute into the pre-eminent source of research, development, and innovation in WBG advanced manufacturing processes in collaboration with DOE and participating organizations, * Executing on all matters covered in the cooperative agreement with DOE, * Achieving a fiscally sound Institute with plans for becoming a self-sustaining Institute in the future, and * Engaging with and building relationships with a broad range of constituents including working collaboratively with industry and government.

Minimum Education/Experience: * Master's degree or equivalent education in business and/or engineering with undergraduate work in a STEM discipline, * 10 years of experience in developing and/or managing advanced manufacturing processes, preferably in the electronics industry, * Experience with R & D collaborations among government agencies, private industry, and research institutions, * Proven ability to lead federally-funded research and/or development activities, * Successful track record of managing personnel, budgets, and strategic planning, * Exceptional relationship building, collaboration, and communication skills, and * As required by the U.S. Department of Energy, the successful candidate must have U.S. citizenship.

Department Required Skills : N/A

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, * Significant experience leading R & D activities in both manufacturing and academic research environments, especially involving efforts to improve the performance and/or reduce cost of semiconductors, * Experience in novel government/university/industry collaborations, * Experience in market development and commercialization in the power electronics industry and/or power sector, and * Security clearance or the eligibility to obtain such clearance upon request of the U.S. government.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A

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