University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 92714

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 12/13/17


Working Title:
Director - Space Science and Engineering
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Ph.D. or other advanced degree in a relevant discipline is required. Candidate must be eligible for tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the full professor level. The Space Science and Engineering Director will have a concurrent faculty appointment in an appropriate academic department.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
At least 5 years of demonstrated experience with scientific leadership, organizing and coordinating large scale research efforts, managing a research based organization, or equivalent experiences.
Principal duties:
1. Responsible for the overall success of SSEC through leadership of the administrative staff that runs the Center's day-to-day activities. Communicate to SSEC staff on a regular basis the state of the Center, its progress, and its upcoming tasks and opportunities.

2. Provide vision and leadership for a research environment that accommodates a diverse range of activities involving world class research in the physical sciences, matching SSEC goals to appropriate national research initiatives.

3. Establish policies for short- and long-term research and outreach goals and objectives, address the diverse funding needs of SSEC, and interact with the Center's Principal Investigators and staff in development and review of programs and personnel to ensure clearly defined progress and fulfillment of the SSEC mission and obligations.

4. Lead large-scale research programs involving instrument development, data analysis technique development, participation in field campaigns, and new technology definition and implementation.

5. Participate in national and international research programs and in professional society affairs. Serve on various committees and advisory boards, and participate in other public activities within the University of Wisconsin and State of Wisconsin.

This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.
  Additional Information
 Applications and nominations must be received by January 31, 2018 to ensure consideration.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

Department(s):VCRGE/SPACE SCI
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $180,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:MARCH 01, 2018
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: JANUARY 31, 2018
Please click on the "Apply Now" button the start the application process. You will be asked to upload the following: a letter of interest, including a statement of qualifications relative to this position and reasons for applying; curriculum vitae; and a document listing three references, including name, title and affiliation, address, telephone number and email address.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Norman R. Drinkwater, Ph.D.
Phone: 608-261-1172
c/o Julia Rielly   
Fax: N/A
Room 307 Bascom Hall   
500 Lincoln Drive   
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