Building on the foundation established by the Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology (LASST), an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Maine since 1980, the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST) has been created in its place. Using novel materials, advanced processes, and state-of-the-art devices, the mission of the institute is to research and develop cutting-edge, commercially viable sensor systems for biomedical, environmental, energy, information technology, and other applications. FIRST consists of an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary team of scientists, coupled with a world-class set of resources and facilities dedicated to the realization of cutting-edge sensor systems that provide solutions for societal advancement and economic well-being.
As the head of a university-level institute, the Director of FIRST will hold a tenured appointment in a relevant academic department and will report to the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. The main responsibilities consist of overseeing the research, academic, fiscal, personnel management, communications, and programmatic aspects of the institute. The Director will provide the intellectual and organizational leadership to advance the institute's mission and vision.
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The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
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- An earned Doctorate in a related field of science or engineering,
- a record of scholarship, teaching, and service that meets the criteria for appointment to the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with tenure, at the University of Maine,
- documented ability to conduct high-quality scientific research, as evidenced by grant acquisition and publications in peer-reviewed journals,
- excellent interpersonal abilities and oral and written communication skills, and
- experience with motivating, supervising, and leading others to success in securing significant external funding, including from federal agencies and industry.
Women and members of groups underrepresented in FIRST-related fields are especially encouraged to apply.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:
1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae to include description of research accomplishments,
3.) and a vision statement about the possible future of FIRST (2 pages or less), and
4.) contact information for three professional references
You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: February 15, 2019
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: March 15, 2019
Tentative start date: September 1, 2019
For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appropriate background checks are required.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).