[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Institute director position at University of Maryland

Sarah Bergbreiter sarahb at isr.umd.edu
Tue Dec 6 03:46:44 PST 2016

Hi all, The University of Maryland, College Park is seeking a new director
for our Institute for Systems Research (ISR), the institute that houses the
Maryland Robotics Center. I'm happy to field any questions you might have
about robotics at Maryland or the Institute, but please send specific job
inquiries to the email address in the announcement below.



The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is
seeking an accomplished, nationally recognized leader and administrator to
direct its Institute for Systems Research (ISR). The ISR Director provides
oversight, research, education, and administrative leadership for ISR, and
reports directly to the Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

ISR was established by a National Science Foundation grant in 1985 as one
of the six original NSF Engineering Research Centers. It has been a
regularly budgeted research institute of the university since 1992, with
current annual revenues of approximately $13.5M. There currently are 35
joint appointment faculty, 33 affiliate and research faculty, and 180
graduate students. ISR has worked to build one of the foremost
interdisciplinary research and education programs in the nation. ISR
research activities involve four colleges at the University of Maryland and
more than 30 laboratories. Research strengths include communication systems
and networks; control systems and methodologies; neuroscience, neuromorphic
engineering and biology-based technologies; micro and nano devices and
systems; robotics; design, operations and supply chain management; systems
engineering methodologies; computing, speech, artificial intelligence, and
data mining. ISR has active programs in interdisciplinary education,
university/industrial partnership development, and offers an M.S. program
in Systems Engineering.

ISR is an active source of new initiatives for the University of Maryland
campus. It conceived of and houses the university’s Maryland Robotics
Center, which creates a recognizable presence for the university’s robotics
research and brings together researchers from across campus. ISR also is a
founding member of and plays a major role in the new campus-wide Brain and
Behavior Initiative, which is revolutionizing the interface between
engineers and neuroscientists by generating novel tools and approaches to
understand complex behaviors produced by the human brain. In addition ISR
is the administrative home for the eight-university FAA Consortium in
Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR II), which has been advancing new
ideas and paradigms for aviation operations for 20 years. These are just
three examples of the numerous ISR initiatives that benefit the University
of Maryland.

The Director is a senior member of the University of Maryland faculty,
selected and appointed by the University to a five-year renewable term; the
successful candidate will hold an ISR joint appointment. Candidates should
have earned a doctorate, hold a senior faculty appointment in an academic
department; have a distinguished record of scholarly research, and have
demonstrated leadership ability and visionary skills with an emphasis on
societal systems challenges, as well as excellent interpersonal and
management skills. It is expected that the new Director will provide the
intellectual leadership to identify important new research directions,
coordinate emerging programmatic opportunities with faculty interests and
organize efforts to develop large project funding from government and
industry. The anticipated start date for this position is no later than
July 1, 2017.

Applications should be submitted electronically to

and includes
*a cover letter,
* a Curriculum Vitae,
* a two-page only research vision statement for ISR,
* and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least four

For best consideration, applications and nominations should be
received by *December
15, 2016. *

Inquiries may be sent to: isr-directorsearch at umd.edu.

Sarah Bergbreiter, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering &
The Institute for Systems Research
Director, Maryland Robotics Center
University of Maryland, College Park

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