Associate Research Professor (Associate Director of ABBRL)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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open until filled
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VP for Research
Applied Biological Research Laboratory (ABRL)


The Pennsylvania State University seeks candidates for the position of Associate Director of the newly formed Applied Biological & Biosecurity Research Laboratory (ABBRL), a joint global health security initiative between the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (Huck) and the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), a Department of Defense (DoD) designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Leveraging the considerable existing institutional strengths and track record of research excellence, the mission of the ABBRL is to enable Penn State to take a leadership role in protecting global health through the development of a strong network of international partners that undertake critically important research, assess risks, investigate threats, inform policy, and work to build global capabilities to mitigate the global threat of infectious disease emergence. Working closely with and representing the Director as called upon, the Associate Director will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of multiple ABBRL activities, including market and program development as well as research activities supported through grants and contracts from various sponsors. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: 1. Providing technical and administrative leadership to ensure the quality and productivity of all programs; developing and long-range plans; working with senior managers to acquire and manage the execution of grant and contract research tasking; maintaining an effective organizational structure with modern management practices. 2. Oversight of program management staff to assure excellence in program execution, in particular cost, schedule and performance; coordination and collaboration with the various PSU business organizations to assure timely execution of contractual workflows; 3. Recruitment and management of an outstanding workforce, composed of research faculty, fellows, engineers, program managers, support staff, and students. Promotion of scholarly activities and professional development of all employees and students. 4. Maintaining a close interface and liaison with the Huck and the ARL leadership, as well as with sponsor organizations and their leaders to understand their objectives and ensure that the ABBRL remains responsive to evolving research needs and opportunities. 5. Interfacing and collaborating with University colleges, consortia/institutes, graduate and undergraduate programs, and research units to advance the research, education and service mission of the University. 6. Fostering the transfer of advanced technologies, manufacturing processes and training to industrial and governmental sectors for improved productivity and economic growth. 7. Interacting with federal and state government legislators and agencies, military officials, and industry regarding ABBRL strategies and capabilities. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated record and a capability to lead a large, diverse organization that is performing science and technology programs and systems R&D programs in areas of relevance to global infectious disease threat reduction through DoD, HHS, USAID, DoS and other governmental and private agencies. Experience as an effective administrator is essential to this position as well as a demonstrated record of achievement and commitment to the scholarship of research, teaching and service. The candidate must have a strong understanding of FAR/DFAR government contracting rules. The preferred candidate should have an advanced degree in medicine, science or engineering and 15 or more years of related experience. Personal characteristics of high energy and integrity, capability to work and communicate with others, the ability to solve problems, sound judgment, and a commitment to fostering diversity are essential. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Candidate selected will be subject to government security investigations and must possess a current eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance. Due to the financial or fiduciary responsibilities of this position, successful completion of a credit history check will also be required in addition to standard background checks. Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae; statement of interest and leadership philosophy; and names of at least three professional references (including address, telephone and e-mail address). For additional information about this position, please contact: Mr. Kay van der Horst, Director of ABBRL. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a qualified applicant is hired. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for three years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088