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Director, Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute

Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering
Baltimore, Maryland
Closing date
Mar 2, 2023

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The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) invites applications for the position of Director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI).  The Director will be appointed as a full-time faculty member in the Whiting School of Engineering and will be encouraged to remain active in research, with strategic leadership of the Institute as their top priority. Appointed by the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, the Director of HEMI serves a renewable 5-year term.


Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute

HEMI is the largest and most well-funded of the Whiting School’s 25 Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes, and formally bridges the Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Applied Physics Laboratory. The Institute currently comprises over 50 tenure-line and research faculty, along with their associated graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The Institute includes collaborations with numerous partners from academia, government, and industry. HEMI’s vision is to develop the science and technology that protects people, structures, and the planet. Its mission is to provide global intellectual leadership to advance the fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions and demonstrating extreme performance.

The HEMI Director will work with colleagues in and beyond HEMI to increase its impact by both enhancing its historic strengths and providing global intellectual leadership to advance the fundamental science associated with materials and structures under extreme conditions and demonstrating extreme performance. To these ends, the Director will identify ways in which the Institute will continue to grow and evolve. In collaboration with the Whiting School and the University, the Director will ensure that the Institute is able to recruit, sustain, and deploy the human and financial resources needed to further distinguish itself.  Collaborations with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory present opportunities to bring additional resources, expertise, and scale to advance HEMI research. Beyond the University, the HEMI Director is expected to foster connections with industry as part of the Institute’s efforts to expand its base of resources and relationships, to disseminate knowledge and discoveries, and to develop and transfer technologies that may have an impact in the world.

WSE has a stated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  As the leader of the Institute and within the School, HEMI’s Director will work to enhance and expand diversity and inclusion at all levels and will ensure that the Institute is a welcoming and supportive environment for all.


Position Qualifications

Expected educational background and qualifications include:

  • An earned doctorate in an area such as materials science, mechanical, civil, chemical, electrical, computer engineering, or a closely related field and a scholarly record deserving appointment as a tenured professor at The Johns Hopkins University
  • Recognized leadership in their respective field with a distinguished national and international reputation for research and education
  • Excellent communication skills in both internal and external interactions
  • Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels among faculty, students, and staff, along with measurable and sustained impact on the diversity and inclusiveness of organizations they have led or been part of
  • Leadership and administrative experience within a complex research environment


The Whiting School of Engineering and HEMI are committed to building a diverse educational environment, and women and candidates from racial and ethnic underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. JHU is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

Applicants should submit their CV, a letter of interest outlining their research, teaching, and leadership experience and their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Review of credentials will begin promptly and will continue until the appointment is finalized. Every effort will be made to ensure candidate confidentiality.

The Whiting School of Engineering has engaged Opus Partners ( to support the recruitment of the HEMI Director. Craig Smith, Partner, and Jeff Stafford, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Please send application materials, nominations, and inquiries to

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