Position Annoucements

Industry and Innovation Director

Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS)

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) ambitious, innovative approach to improving the power density of next generation electro-thermal systems involves integrating traditionally separate research efforts in mechanical, electrical, and materials engineering across different technical domains.  POETS seeks an Industry and Innovation Director responsible for developing and implementing a Center-wide innovation ecosystem and industrial membership program to enable long-term robust industry and government agency partnerships, positioning industrial financial support of the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) to self-sustainable levels.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for researching potential industrial member companies aligned with POETS research efforts and identifying and implementing strategies to introduce companies to POETS, in coordination with POETS faculty. Cultivate relationships with prospective companies and government agencies to facilitate transition to POETS industry and practitioner members.
  • Gain a strong knowledge of the research programs in the Center. Identify, plan and implement strategic Center research engagement opportunities with industry, government members and Center leadership. Assist companies with learning about Center faculty research interests, testbed demonstrate on capabilities and developing Center technologies. Oversee strategy and execution of POETS Annual Meeting content and provide organizational support for research workshops in partnership with faculty leadership.
  • Serve as the Center representative on the POETS Industry Advisory Board (IAB). Provide direction to IAB leadership on key IAB efforts, including programmatic requirements (e.g. industry funded research proposal process, SWOT, IAB meetings), oversee IAB membership financial data, and provide logistics and other support as needed.
  • Identify and implement innovation ecosystem activities for POETS students and faculty, such as entrepreneurship and workforce development webinars, site visits to industry and government members, and training on confidentiality and IP.
  • Travel outside of normal business hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Complete NSF annual reporting and presentation requirements on industry and government membership and innovation ecosystem activities.
  • Manage industry and government agency membership agreement and IP process, working with company and Center campus stakeholders including research administration, legal, financial and technology transfer offices.
  • Serve on the POETS Management Committee.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education:

Required: Bachelor's degree in a technical or scientific field. Alternate degree fields will be accepted/considered depending on relevant professional experience.

Preferred: Master's or PhD degree in a technical/scientific field.

Experience:

Required: Five or more years of relevant experience developing and maintaining strategies for academic-corporate research engagements.  Experience managing operations.

Preferred: Three or more years of experience within a corporate or large public university setting.  Previous experience dealing with research business development.  Experience with intellectual property issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate effectively in all forms regarding technical/scientific topics. Proven ability to work independently, organizing and handling multiple detail oriented tasks with simultaneous deadlines.

This is a full-time academic professional position appointed on a twelve-month service basis.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Applications must be received by October 28, 2019.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. The start date will be as soon as possible after the close date. To apply for this position, please visit the University of Illinois job board at https://jobs.illinois.edu/ to create your candidate profile, as well as upload your cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references as one document.  For additional information, please contact Hannah Dorsey at hdorsey@illinois.edu or 217-333-4978.

 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

 

 

 

Research Administration Specialist and/or Research Administration Coordinator and/or Senior Research Administration Coordinator--EXTENDED

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, consistently ranked in the top 6 programs in the nation, is seeking qualified candidates to fill one or more of the following full-time positions:   Research Administration Specialist, Research Administration Coordinator or Senior Research Administration Coordinator.  The primary function of these positions is to support the pre- and post-award functions for externally funded sponsored research projects, through the development and submission of proposals and in the financial management of funded federal and non-federal awarded grants and contracts.  These positions are also responsible for maintaining current with federal solicitations and changing federal regulations and guidelines associated with research administration.  Please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu to view the complete position announcement and application instructions.  

Applications must be received by October 22, 2019.  For further information about this specific position, contact Hannah Dorsey at hdorsey@illinois.edu, or 217-333-4978.  

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.