As part of Wright State University, WSRI is committed to WSU's mission to transform the lives of students and the communities we serve, and to support that mission by working with faculty, staff, students and external partners to enhance the research enterprise at WSU.
Reporting directly to the WSRI Executive Director/WSARCCEO, the WSRI Chief Scientist is responsible for leading OFRN scientific visioning in support of the State of Ohio, AFRL, NAMRU-D, NASIC and NASA Glenn. The Chief Scientist will be focused on supporting the University’s academic mission, strategic planning, and WSRI scientific strategic plan.
The WSRI Chief Scientist also supports WSU by providing research leadership and mentorship across WSU and WSRI to help the university deliver high-impact solutions for government, and industry problems through Research, Education and Training.
In this position the WSRI Chief Scientist at all times must promote transparency, always act ethically, promote and ensure compliance, be highly collaborate across our University, State and Federal Partners, cultivate our people as our greatest asset, and create an environment that supports innovation and inclusive behaviors.
PhD Required in Scientific or related field.
12 to 15 years of research experience demonstrating increasing responsibilities.
Knowledge of government research and development organizations and transactions including, but not limited to DOD, DARPA, DTRA, ONR, NRL,.AFRL, ARO, NASA, and the Intelligence community.
Must have strong visioning and scientific leadership skills and experience
Strong organizational skills as well as effective collaborative skills and must be flexible and able to function well in a fast-paced environment.
Must be able to support complex and significant research opportunities and transactions within time, quality and budget.
Ability to manage 3rd party partnerships including customers, project managers, and WSU support teams in collaborative and inclusive manner.
Ability to maintain relationships with a variety of diverse key stakeholders with the University and outside the University.
Requires strong writing skills, reporting skills, research leadership and management, scheduling, leadership of research team, time management, and presentation skills
Highly effective communication, and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate with the public and handle sensitive information discreetly.
High level of interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to interact professionally with many different personalities
Ability to obtain a Top Secret (TS) SCI clearance
Must have worked as a Government and or Industry researcher with strong DARPA and or NSF experience and has experience in Government sponsored research and development.
Essential Functions and percent of time::
The primary responsibilities of the WSRI Chief Scientist is the lead the scientific visioning of WSRI's research initiatives to accelerate and grow the WSU and Ohio research enterprise.
Provides scientific leadership of the WSRI research programs and supports scientific research teams across WSU, the region and the State. This includes support for Wright Patterson Air Force Base and NASA Glenn.
Represents the WSRI executive by attending meetings in the executive's absence; speaking for the executive on the WSRI's research and Development, OFRN and the Air Force and NASA Innovation initiatives.
Uses discretion and independent judgment in leading and organizing all WSRI innovation and scientific research and development.
Develops and leads complex and significant research concepts, projects, teams and transactions to maximize probability of success. .
Develops and maintains relationships with a variety of diverse key stakeholders and coordinates 3rd party partnerships including clients, support consultants, and outside government, university and industry partners.
Coordinates and leads scientific endeavors with WSU that are consistent with the University mission, strategy, policies and procedures.
Conducts complex negotiations on own, or as part, of a professional team.
Establishes bi-weekly research coordination meetings that help synchronize research support for WSRI and WSU and develops a strategies to the enhance WSU, WSRI and State research portfolio with fully transparency of processes and procedures.
Leads the completion and implementation of a WSRI scientific strategic plan.
Provides WSRI research functions, at the local, state and federal level.
This is a grant funded position with continuation dependent on funding. Special contract terms and conditions of employment apply.
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