Science & Technology Director

The University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
Aug 20, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
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Science & Technology Director
The University of Delaware Energy Institute
The University Of Delaware
Newark, DE

The University of Delaware Energy Institute (DEI) is a campus-wide institute with several affiliated centers. The overall mission of the DEI is to marshal and expand the University’s science, engineering, and public policy expertise in new and emerging energy technologies and, with its industry and government partners, to use this research to address the entire spectrum of challenges posed by our future energy needs. Serving as the umbrella organization for energy research at UD, DEI provides a focal point and portal for energy-related research activities at UD and to promote and disseminate knowledge of these energy technologies and activities.

The Science and Technology Director serves as a key leader for developing and enhancing the internal organization processes and infrastructure of the catalysis programs combined (CCEI, RAPID and other catalysis programs). Reporting to and under the limited direction of the DEI Director, the Science and Technology Director independently manages projects and personnel, reports to the federal government, industry, and other sponsors, represents UD at Industrial, DOE, NSF, and other federal and scientific meetings, and coordinates with faculty to enhance capacity and visibility, and ensures sound fiscal responsibility.


  • Works with the director to craft strategic vision of CCEI, RAPID and other catalysis programs in coordination with federal and industrial sponsors; aligns organizational resources with it.
  • Provides leadership, manages and reports on the scientific, administrative, and economic programs and its affiliated centers portfolio, exercising a high level of independent judgment and self-direction.
  • Develops strategic plan, organizes, helps direct, coordinate and control projects and advises leadership team on progress and issues of concern.
  • Provides guidance and leadership on organizational monitoring and reporting through the logic model, annual activities for projects, and data collection. Leads submission of annual reports to sponsors and responds to inquiries.
  • Enhances visibility of the research and education enterprise by representing partners at the national and international level and provides leadership to the partners. Presents to local and national groups, including funding agency officers, on program progress.
  • Makes project allocations and programmatic decisions aligned with scope of work of the grants while serving the research, education and workforce development needs.
  • Ensures compliance with all appropriate regulations.
  • Provides active support to a position of national and international prominence by assisting in the generation of funding from federal and state agencies, foundations and the private sector.
  • Provides guidance for program activities including outreach, volunteer coordination and partnerships development, as well as marketing, media relations, public relations and issues management activities.
  • Develops other revenue sources including business arrangements and funding proposals.
  • Manages the Intellectual Portfolio (IP).
  • Ensures appropriate information flow both within and outside the organization.
  • Assists with publications editing and scientific direction of students and postdocs.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Ph.D. degree and five or more years of related experience.
  • Experience in program development, management, project timelines and deliverables, and evaluation.
  • Experience in research, with emphasis on catalysis, reactors, separations, and scale up.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, persuasive oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse individuals and groups (e.g., federal and state agencies, academic and business communities).
  • Experience in writing special analyses for publication and to inform internal and external decision-making. Prepare briefings for congressional delegations, state legislators, agency representatives, advisory panels, faculty and other educators and the general public.
  • Experience in management of personnel to meet milestones.
  • Experience in interacting and leading discussions with state and federal agencies.
  • Ability to think strategically and to recognize new opportunities; demonstrates understanding of academe to achieve results across disciplines, units/divisions, and functions; in-depth knowledge of missions and objectives and programs of federal funding agencies and prior management and supervisory experience.

TO APPLY: For a complete list of requirements and job duties and to apply online, please visit our web site at Click “Faculty and Staff” and reference Job # 494052 .

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