University at Buffalo in New York

Date Posted July 14, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time



The University at Buffalo,The State University of New York,is seeking an outstanding researcher and visionary leader to chair the new Department of Material Design and Innovation (MDI). The department is a joint undertaking between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). We invite applications and nominations for the position of Professor and founding Department Chair.


The Chair will lead the Department in the development and implementation of a strategic plan for educational, research, service and engagement programs. The Chair is expected to attract and mentor an interdisciplinary group of new faculty as well as build the Department into a nationally recognized academic unit. The Chair will foster and grow an environment of teamwork and collaboration across disciplinary and decanal areas and with external partners. The Chair will promote the MDI department to government, industry, not-for-profit organizations and academia.


The new Department will build on UB's considerable faculty expertise in material science and engineering, and in computing and informatics, to lead the campus effort in designing new materials. MDI together with the recently announced Center for Excellence in Material Informatics will lead the campus response to national and state needs in materials innovation and advanced manufacturing. MDI will partner with the Computer and Data Science and Engineering initiative in advancing UB's effort related to the White House Materials Genome initiative. As Chair, the candidate will provide strategic and academic leadership at the undergraduate/graduate educational levels, interdisciplinary research areas, service and engagement activities. The Chair is expected to integrate new and existing intellectual and physical resources to grow materials science and engineering research and educational programs across the disciplines. As the Department's chief administrative officer, candidates will provide effective management for all academic, administrative, budget and personnel decisions, as well as the vision and desire to steer the Department through a period of growth and expansion.


As Professor, the selected candidate will be expected to teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, mentor graduate students and junior faculty, advise students at all levels and maintain an active research program. An endowed chair was created for the inaugural MDI Department Chair. The selected candidate will be given this endowed chair position known as the Erich Bloch Chair. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in engineering or science.   He/she should have demonstrated expertise in an area of material science and/or engineering. Candidates are expected to have a sustained track record of significant scholarship as evidenced by peer reviewed publications as well as a productive and well-funded program of basic or applied research. He/she should have international stature and recognition commensurate with the rank of Professor. All candidates must have a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate education.


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