The Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI) is a new Department of Energy (DOE)-funded Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). The overall mission of CPI is to develop a comprehensive polymer plastics waste upcycling strategy that combines fundamental discoveries in catalytic technology and chemical functionalization with innovations in polymer design and additive manufacturing. CPI will forge new and emerging energy technologies enabled by expertise from the University of Delaware (UD) and its academic and national lab collaborators, as well as its industry and government partners. The Science and Technology Director serves as a key leader for developing and enhancing the internal organization processes and infrastructure of CPI. Reporting to and under the limited direction of the CPI Director and Co-Director, the Science and Technology Director independently manages projects and personnel, and reports to the government, industry, and other sponsors, represents UD at industrial, DOE, and other federal and scientific meetings, develops strategic external partnerships, coordinates with faculty to enhance capacity and visibility, and ensures sound fiscal responsibility.
Work with the director to craft the strategic vision of CPI programs in coordination with DOE, academic, national lab, and industrial partners; aligns organizational resources with it.
Provide leadership, manage, and report on the scientific, administrative, and economic programs and its affiliated centers portfolio, exercising a high level of independent judgment and self-direction.
Engage with strategic internal and external partners; organize, help direct, coordinate and oversee projects; and advise leadership team on progress and issues of concern.
Provide guidance and leadership on organizational monitoring and reporting through the logic model, annual activities for projects, and data collection.
Lead submission of annual reports to sponsors and responds to inquiries.
Enhance visibility of the research and education enterprise by presenting to partners at the national and international level. Present to local and national groups, including funding agency officers, on program progress.
Make project allocations and programmatic decisions aligned with scope of work of the grants while serving the research, education, and workforce development needs.
Ensure compliance with all appropriate regulations.
Engage with the Scientific Advisory Board.
Develop strategic industrial partnerships.
Provide 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.
Provide guidance for program activities including outreach, volunteer coordination, and partnerships development, as well as marketing, media relations, public relations, and issues management activities.
Develop other revenue sources including business arrangements and funding proposals.
Coordinate with the CPI Co-Director on the management of the intellectual portfolio (IP) and memorandum of understanding (MOU) among CPI partner institutions.
Ensure appropriate information flow both within and outside the organization.
Assist with editing of publications and scientific mentoring of students and postdocs.
Perform 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 polymers, 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.
Internal Number: 496129
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The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our roots extending back to a small private academy started in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. Our alumni tell our story of achievement, from our first class, which included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution, to the more than 154,000 living Blue Hens who are making vital contributions to the world. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, are both UD alumni. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers a broad range of degree programs: 3 associate programs, 147 bachelor’s p...rograms, 119 master's programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 15 dual graduate programs through our seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. Our student body encompasses more than 17,000 undergraduates, more than 3,600 graduate students and nearly 800 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe. Our distinguished faculty includes internationally known authors, scientists and artists, among them a Nobel laureate, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. State-of-the-art facilities support UD's academic and public service activities. Our 146-foot coastal research vessel, Hugh R. Sharp—the most advanced in the U.S.—helps scientists across the region explore the sea. World-class figure skaters train at our High Performance Figure Skating Center. Partnerships with Nemours/A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care and Thomas Jefferson University; the U.S. Army; Winterthur; Longwood Gardens and Hagley Museum offer unparalleled experiences in health sciences, defense research, art conservation, horticulture and history. The University is now transforming a 272-acre parcel, the site of a former auto assembly plant, into the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. Distinguished speaker series, symposia, 21 intercollegiate athletics programs and numerous intramural and club sports, more than 300 student organizations, concerts, exhibits and other arts and cultural activities enrich campus life.Thomas Jefferson once described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the East Coast, halfway between Washington, D.C., and New York City. Today, however, the location of Delaware's flagship university increasingly is invoked as "halfway between Los Angeles and London."In addition to our Georgian-inspired main campus in Newark, Del., UD has locations across the state--in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Lewes. A thriving study-abroad program and expanding international partnerships further enhance our students' education as global citizens. We invite you to visit our campus or take our virtual tour today! http://video.realviewtv.com/education/udel/