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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 09:28
Assistant Director
Evanston, IL
Northwestern University
We are seeking an Assistant Director for the Northwestern University Center for Advanced Material Systems and
Simulation (CAMSIM) Global Collaboratory. This is a newly created center within Northwestern Initiative for
Manufacturing Science and Innovation (NIMSI). NIMSI facilitates multi-disciplinary research and education initiatives
associated with manufacturing across a broad spectrum that impacts both mass-production manufacturing, emerging
hyper-customized and personalized manufacturing. The CAMSIM Global Collaboratory activities will include visitation of
scientist programs, submission and management sponsored project, evaluation of proposed Collaboratory projects, and
development of partnerships with external partners and companies.
The Assistant Director is a non-tenure track research faculty position. The position will have an appointment within the
McCormick School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and will support the CAMSIM Global
Collaboratory activity within NIMSI, a University Research Institute. We are seeking a passionate and collaborative Ph.D.
holder with engineering background and administrative acumen to coordinate research and development efforts at the
Center for Advanced Material Systems and Simulation Collaboratory. In so doing, the Assistant Director will play a
prominent role in advancing Northwestern’s goal of leveraging strengths in materials, computational tools, manufacturing
processes and equipment, design, human-machine interface, nanotechnologies, logistics, and policy analysis to further
innovative research. S/he will work closely with other faculty and leadership across Northwestern and CAMSIM Global
Collaboratory partners, and enhance relationships with other external partners and companies.

The Assistant Director will have primary day-to-day responsibility for operations of the CAMSIM Global Collaboratory
operations, strategic planning and implementation, research program management, communications, and outreach.
Operationally, s/he will work closely with the director and leadership to ensure smooth and effective functioning of the
AMSS Global Collaboratory. Responsibilities will include: leadership of staff and engineers; facilitating implementation of
research programs; oversight of financial planning alongside Director coordinating with administrative support;
translation of document between English and Chinese to facilitate communication; and assist with development of
budgets for sponsored projects and internal activity. Strategically, the Assistant Director will collaborate with the faculty
Directors to develop the vision and strategic plan for the Center while ensuring that the budget, staff and priorities are
aligned with the Center’s multi-dimensional global mission and the Collaboratory and University’s strategy. S/he will also
ensure that the organization operates in a manner that supports the strategy and mission of the Global Collaboratory, and
provide leadership to staff in maintaining a motivated and efficient organization. The Assistant Director will coordinate
relationships among internal offices and units at the University, as well as position the Collaboratory to enhance program
development through external relationships. Communications responsibilities will center on the development and
implementation of an integrated communication plan, including public relations/public outreach, cutting-edge website,
noteworthy publications and presentations. Audiences will include external collaborators, faculty, senior leadership, and
the the general public. S/he will oversee the management and support of numerous events which may be organized by
the Collaboratory, faculty working and research groups, and/or student organizations.
The optimal candidate will should have: a basic understanding of computational methods and materials engineering; a
Ph.D. in a related field; demonstrated leadership and excellence in organizational management with the proven ability to
manage and develop high-performance teams; ability to create strategic objectives and lead implementation; strong
written and verbal communication skills including the ability write and speak persuasively; knowledge of Chinese is a must;
excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills; confidence interacting with wide-variety of stakeholders; ability to
maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive issues diplomatically; adept project management skills, including the ability
to work under-pressure, prioritize, and meet deadlines; previous management experience in university environment is an
advantage; interest in research, development, and sponsored program management.
Salary is commensurate with experience and credentials. This is a full-time, renewable appointment. Start date is ASAP.
Please send a statement of interest, curriculum vitae and references to Wing Kam Liu, PhD,
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including
veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and
veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Joseph Boes