University of Connecticut, UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering

Program ID:UConn-UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering-495519 [#19422, 495519]
Program Title: Associate Director of Research Programs
Program Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Engineering
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2021/09/02)


The UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut seeks applicants for an Assistant/Associate/Full Research Professor and Associate Director of Research Programs.  

Under the general direction of the Director of the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (UTC-IASE), the Associate Director of Research Programs provides research expertise, leadership, program management, and coordination for the research and outreach programs of the UTC-IASE. Specifically, this position is responsible for research projects archiving and reporting, creation of new research opportunities, outreach and industry engagement, and UTC-IASE faculty coordination in research clusters.

The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and managing research programs, overseeing the smooth operation and day-to-day delivery of these programs, monitoring and coordinating the administrative and reporting aspects of the program, and will act independently within the goals and objectives of the program and the guidelines established by the supervisor. The primary focus of this job is on the design, organization, implementation, and management of the research and outreach programs of the UTC-IASE, as well as the management of the day-to-day delivery of its industry services.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


Research Operations, including reporting on the progress of the research activities of the Institute and all other relevant developments; leading special research projects/operations which may be ongoing or short-term and which require planning, coordination, supervision, and thorough knowledge of the program; serving as a resource to faculty and staff on matters relating to strategic initiatives.

Research Opportunities Creation, including providing program leadership in research opportunities and organizing teams to respond to industry and federal agency research calls; team building and mentoring of young faculty; leading of faculty research clusters.

Research Outreach, including leading promotional activities for the research program, helping establish partnerships with industry; overseeing the planning, organization, and execution of institute research networking events, conferences, and other meetings; and serving as a resource to potential and current program participants, corporations, state agencies, and other organizations and individuals on matters related to the Institute’s research program and activities.


  1. Ph.D. degree in related field and at least 2 years of relevant experience;
  2. Experience with coordination of university research projects.
  3. Thorough knowledge of, and demonstrated competence in, developing industry engagement and partnerships.
  4. Experience with academic programs/projects creation or generation
  5. Ability to plan and organize workshops and research symposia
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators as well as external agencies/groups, and the public.
  7. Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  8. Demonstrated ability to lead large, complex projects to successful completion adhering to established deadlines.


  1. Experience in industry-funded academic programs
  2. Experience or involvement with industry related to systems engineering
  3. Exposure and relationships with the Systems Engineering community and in particular INCOSE
  4. Experience in the administration of distance learning courses
  5. Experience in industry engagement and outreach activities.


This is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track position with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2021. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus.  Rank will be determined based on the candidate's credentials.  


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample journal articles or books
  • Three (3) letters of reference.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled. For more information regarding the UTC-IASE please visit the website at [].

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
159 Discovery Drive, Unit 5183
Storrs, CT 06269-5183

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