University of Illinois
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. The mission of the Beckman Institute, founded in 1989, is to foster interdisciplinary work of the highest quality, transcending many of the limitations inherent in traditional university organizations and structures. Dynamic, faculty-led research groups are located within the main research themes of the Institute, Intelligent Systems, Integrative Imaging, and Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures, and involve researchers from departments as diverse as linguistics and psychology to physics and electrical and computer engineering. Within the Institute, these researchers have founded and maintained interdisciplinary sponsored research centers such as the NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics; the Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory; and the Illinois Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center.
The Institute is designed to facilitate collaboration among researchers. The six-floor, 313,000 square foot building offers over 200 offices, specialized state-of-the-art laboratories, core instrument facilities, and meeting areas. Beckman’s core facilities include its Biomedical Imaging Center and Imaging Technology Group, which includes the Microscopy Suite and the Visualization Laboratory. Beckman provides space for large-scale collaborative research, with facilities to engage both on and off campus partners, in advancing knowledge, transferring technology, and engaging community.
Currently, over 1,300 faculty, staff, and students from over 50 campus departments work within and across the Beckman research themes. In fiscal year 2015, research expenditures totaled $25 million from all the major federal funding agencies and the private sector, in addition to funding from the State of Illinois and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. More complete information is available in Beckman’s annual report, http://beckman.illinois.edu/news/publications/annual-report.
Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois is a world-class leader in research, teaching and public engagement. Widely noted for research excellence, even among the nation’s most elite institutions: for the last six consecutive years, Illinois has received more NSF funding than any other university in the world.
Illinois is frequently both lauded and cited as a pioneer in interdisciplinary research. The Beckman Institute is one of a number of units on campus (including the National Center for Supercomputing Applications; the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; the Prairie Research Institute; the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative; the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative; the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment; and the Center for Advanced Study) that augment the research capabilities of the colleges and support the convergence, discovery, and creativity that are vital to our research mission.
The Director should be a collaborative and creative thinker, as well as a strong leader with an exceptional record of scientific achievements that demonstrate an understanding of multi-investigator, interdisciplinary activities. The Director must also have management experience leading engineering and/or scientific groups in academia, government or the private sector. The Director should hold a doctoral degree and have an outstanding record of scholarly accomplishments appropriate for a full professor at a leading research university. Familiarity with the academic environment is essential; experience in academic administration and engaging with private funding agencies is desirable.
Among the responsibilities of the Director are the following: Sustain and develop the vision for the Institute, in collaboration with the faculty and staff; provide strong research leadership; identify new programs and evaluate existing programs; develop and maintain collaborations across campus, including those with the other interdisciplinary research institutes; mentor the Institute’s faculty and assist them in acquiring external support for research; support activities that enable technology transfer; enable Beckman leadership and staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high level performance both at the individual and organizational level; encourage and lead a strong commitment to diversity through establishing retention and recruiting priorities; support recruitment and retention efforts of key faculty across campus; provide support for development and fund raising activities; manage the physical and financial assets of the institute; represent the mission, vision, and research accomplishments to audiences within and outside the University of Illinois; and steward the unique relationship between the Institute and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.
This appointment has a start date that is negotiable. Salary is commensurate with experience.
To submit a nomination, please send name of nominee and a short statement of their qualification to Susan Key, firstname.lastname@example.org by October 18, 2016. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) will solicit additional required information from the candidate.
Application and Self-Nomination Process
Applications and self-nominations received by November 1, 2016 will receive full consideration. Please submit an online profile, consisting of a letter of interest and a CV, through https://jobs.illinois.edu. For self-nominations from current Illinois faculty, the endorsement of the candidate’s dean and unit head/chair will be solicited.
For further information, please contact Susan Key, Human Resources, email@example.com.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).