Deputy Director - Lab for Living Devices, School of Engineering

Tufts University

Tufts University

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Job Description

Deputy Director - Lab for Living Devices, School of Engineering - 19001454

This is a limited term position for 2 years, with the possibility of extension.

Department Summary:

The Laboratory for Living Devices (L2D) at Tufts University is seeking a versatile, highly-motivated, experienced individual to assist the Director in center start-up and development, and management of on-going operations.

Job Summary:

The Deputy Director (DD) of L2D will work closely with the Director and the Center faculty and staff across Tufts University and collaborating institutions to manage the complexity of its operations, ensure successful implementation of Center goals, and implement its growth in scope and activities. The DD will report directly to the Center Director and will have responsibility for aspects of scientific and technology development operations, facilities, IT and knowledge infrastructure, communications, intellectual property, and business development efforts. He or she will initially manage two direct reports, growing as needed to implement and manage all activities of this new multi-disciplinary research and development center. The DD will be expected to have a solid understanding of the scientific principles driving the Center mission, in order to provide strategic planning and management assistance to the Director. He or She will be one of the public faces of the Center, occasionally speaking to press and science writers. He or she will help develop and manage the Center’s operational policies and procedures to ensure the successful implementation of the specific aims of the Center’s Scientific Plan. This includes oversight of research operations toward milestones, and of effective collaborations among multiple constituents, including but not limited to: external Center faculty, Tufts administration, commercial vendors, as well as industry, philanthropic institutions, and the public.


Basic Requirement:

  • Master’s Degree; A strong background in Materials Science (ideally, photonics, electronics, organic electronics, nanosciences/micro- and nanofab). Expertise in related fields (computer and information science, mathematics, artificial life, engineering) is a plus, as is a significant publication record.
  • Management experience, especially in the start up of a new results-focused, research and development organization (academic or industry) strongly preferred. Experience in management of staff required.
  • Strong computer and information science skills (including presentation tools, knowledge management, and collaboration technology). Comfort with computer use sufficient to evaluate new software performance against milestone specs is a plus.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are essential, with an emphasis on synthesizing work products from multiple teams and facilitating interaction and accountability; excellent listening and collaboration skills are important especially in linking scientific vision to resource allocation and administrative operations.
  • Demonstrated skills that derive from the experience of having implemented a vision for the strategic direction of an organization worldwide, engaged and won the support of various stakeholders and constituencies, energized and integrated multidisciplinary groups with multiple priorities.

Preferred Requirement:

  • A PhD degree in science or engineering (ideally Materials Science); demonstrated significant experience managing an academic research center or consortium, or industry research group focused on basic discoveries. A degree in business administration would be a plus.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Research
Organization: Biomedical Engineering
Employee Status: Limited Appointment
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 5, 2019, 12:17:29 PM


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