Building on the foundation established by the Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology (LASST), an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Maine since 1980, the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST) has been created in its place. Using novel materials, advanced processes, and state-of-the-art devices, the mission of the institute is to research and develop cutting-edge, commercially viable sensor systems for biomedical, environmental, energy, defense, information technology, and other applications. FIRST consists of an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary team of scientists, coupled with a world-class set of resources and facilities dedicated to the realization of cutting-edge sensor systems that provide solutions for societal advancement and economic well-being.
As the head of a university-level institute, the Director of FIRST will hold a tenured appointment in a relevant academic department and will report to the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. The main responsibilities consist of overseeing the research, academic, fiscal, personnel management, communications, and programmatic aspects of the institute. The Director will provide the intellectual and organizational leadership to advance the institute’s mission and vision.
Required knowledge and qualifications consist of (i) an earned doctorate in a related field of science or engineering, (ii) a record of scholarship, teaching, and service that meets the criteria for appointment to the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with tenure, in a department or school at the University of Maine, (iii) documented ability to conduct high-quality scientific research, as evidenced by grant acquisitions and publications in peer-reviewed journals, (iv) excellent interpersonal abilities and oral and written communication skills, and (v) experience collaborating with and motivating, supervising, and leading others to success in securing significant external funding, including from federal agencies and industry. Women and members of groups underrepresented in FIRST-related fields are especially encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of application specifically addressing the qualifications above, curriculum vitae, including description of research accomplishments, and a vision statement about the possible future of FIRST (2 pages or less) to HireTouch https://umaine.hiretouch.com Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide names and contact information for references. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks will be required. Questions about the search may be directed to the search committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
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