National SimCenter Director

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ( invites applications for the Director of The SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering.

Purpose:  The SimCenter Director leads a research faculty of 21 and reports through the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The SimCenter (  has a focus of integrated research and education with primary goals of establishing next-generation technologies in computational modeling, simulation and design, educating a new breed of interdisciplinary computational engineers solving a broad range of real-world engineering problems, and providing consequent leadership and national impact in critical technology areas affecting defense, sustainable energy, the environment, and health. The integrated MS and PhD programs in Computational Engineering offer a unique interdisciplinary educational environment in which multiple faculty and students team to solve such problems. Computational Engineering has excellent local facilities and access to some of the best computational facilities in the world. The SimCenter is part of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The University has elected a Carnegie classification as an engaged metropolitan university with a strategy focused on partnerships. The College supports the University with a strategy of relevance and engagement with those partners.  

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

The major duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide strong leadership in developing a common vision and in encouraging growth of faculty professionally in research, teaching, and service that support University and College strategies.
  • Grow and strengthen relationships throughout the University and with Oak Ridge National Lab, particularly the National Institute for Computational Sciences.
  • Provide leadership in growing external funding for the nationally recognized research program, to grow and sustain strong working relationships with local industries, to help lead an academic program in preparing students for the creation of knowledge in this area of national need.
  • Grow and strengthen relationships with industry and with commercialization of research in conjunction with SimCenter Enterprises (
  • Provide leadership in growing and expanding the range of research interests to align with regional, national, and international priorities that might be impacted by Computational Engineering and related disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • PhD in in Engineering, Computer Science, Computational Engineering or closely related specialty.
  • Professional qualifications of a tenure-eligible professor in area of expertise.
  • Demonstrated record of experience and leadership commensurate to lead The SimCenter.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with people from a diverse range of disciplines and groups
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, administrators and researchers as well as industry/government/laboratories.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven track record in developing and sustaining teams of researchers and colleagues
  • Proven record of personal accomplishment in research productivity as evidenced by journal publications, patents and conference presentations
  • Proven record of mentoring and teaching short courses and/or graduate courses
  • Proven ability to establish collaborative productive agreements with diverse organizations

Application Process:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and a contact list of three references to [email protected]

Review of applications will begin December 11, 2012.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution.



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