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Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 79964

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 06/23/14


Working Title:
Professor and Director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Ph.D. in an engineering (or related) field. Candidates with truly outstanding accomplishments in any research area of importance to engineering will be considered for the position, but preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in advanced manufacturing, particularly in the area of additive manufacturing; materials sustainability; or materials discovery.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
The candidate must possess the appropriate credentials to qualify for a tenured faculty appointment at UW-Madison at the full-professor appointment level. The candidate will have not only a distinguished record of leadership in research with wide recognition in the candidate's field of specialty and success in securing and managing funding of new initiatives, but also administrative experience in the development, implementation, and management of a large multi-faculty, interdisciplinary research center.
Principal duties:
The Grainger Institute for Engineering ( is designed to serve as a new research incubator within the College of Engineering. The Institute will foster a trans-disciplinary research and educational environment and provide the infrastructure to address grand technological challenges. New research directions will be launched and nurtured within the Institute, with initial targeted efforts in the areas of advanced manufacturing and materials engineering.

The Grainger Institute Director will be responsible for developing and managing the Grainger Institute for Engineering. Through leadership excellence, the Director will sustain and enhance the trans-disciplinary research environment of the Institute. Specific responsibilities include faculty and staff hiring, budget management, creation and support of new research initiatives and centers, coordination with undergraduate and graduate educational programs, and public outreach. The Director will also provide regular updates and status reports to the Leadership Council (which comprises the Dean, Associate Deans, and Department Chairs in the College of Engineering), and will annually convene an external advisory committee that will provide guidance on the oversight of the Institute. The Director will assess performance of existing thrust areas and make decisions on new research initiatives, in consultation with the Leadership Council, the Research Innovation Committee (a faculty-led group in the College charged with helping to define future research directions), and the external advisory board.

The Grainger Institute Director will have a tenure home in one of the College of Engineering academic departments. As a faculty member, s/he will be expected to maintain a world-class extramurally funded graduate research program on technological problems that are relevant to the needs of the profession and of society. The faculty member will also foster the education and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students, and engage in department, college, university, community, and professional service activities as appropriate.
  Additional Information:
 The College of Engineering is strongly committed to having a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Candidates from groups that are traditionally under-represented in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply. Start date is negotiable upon hire.
Questions may be directed to Prof. Susan C. Hagness, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs, College of Engineering (email:, phone: 608-265-5739).

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

Full Time Salary Rate:Negotiable
ACADEMIC (9 months)
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:NOVEMBER 01, 2014
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: OCTOBER 01, 2014
Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, and the names and contact information for three references to the Grainger Institute for Engineering Search Committee. Applications must be submitted electronically via email to A single PDF containing all application materials is required. Please include the PVL # in the subject line of the email.
Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #79964 to:
Susan Hagness
Phone: 608-265-5739
1415 Engineering Dr
Fax: N/A
2640 Engineering Hall
Madison, WI 53706-1607
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

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UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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