Scientific Director-SimCenter

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Scientific Director

SimCenter – Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is seeking an accomplished research leader, organizational builder, educator and manager to lead its SimCenter. This is a center of excellence for research and education in modeling & simulation leveraging high-performance computing (HPC) for UTC and its partners and stakeholders, with special emphasis on applications in Urban Science, Energy & Environment, Health & BioSystems, Manufacturing, and Aerospace/Defense.

The Director is responsible for providing leadership to this interdisciplinary research center.  This involves leading a group of experts in modeling, simulation, and HPC as they interact with faculty across UTC colleges and departments to tackle challenging scientific & technical (S&T) problems and educate the next generation S&T leaders in applied computational science and engineering.  A key responsibility is the development of research projects and programs in the five application domains listed above. The Director is assisted in this task by faculty and program managers who specialize in the five application domains. The Director will ensure broad engagement across UTC in the SimCenter strategy and its execution, and will also develop and maintain productive collaborations with strategic partners, including representatives and leaders in the Chattanooga government, commercial and entrepreneurial communities.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a core competence and expertise in important areas of Modeling & Simulation, High-Performance Computing (HPC), and application domains in science and engineering.
  • Engage in close, productive collaborations among faculty in UTC departments and the SimCenter, and joint mentoring of PhD students.
  • Maintain productive relationships with sponsoring agencies and institutions, partners in the community, and with strategic R&D partners.
  • Manage research programs so as to meet technical goals with distinction, as well as accomplish programmatic and financial goals laid out in the SimCenter plan.
  • Ensure broad participation by all stakeholders in developing and updating the SimCenter plan.
  • Maintain excellence in research and education in all activities involving the SimCenter.

Qualifications Required:

  • Ph.D. in field related to research conducted by the SimCenter with a minimum of 5-10 years of demonstrated scientific and programmatic leadership experience, including leading complex and interdisciplinary research programs.
  • Experienced in communicating with stakeholders, clients, program sponsors, staff and faculty across UTC, and recognized as a leading expert and visionary in the field of applied computational science and engineering.  
  • Successful record of accomplishment in developing and executing S&T strategy with broad engagement of staff, faculty and external stakeholders.
  • Strong technical background in math, physics, and computational science, with specific interest and program developments in one or more of the SC’s five targeted application areas.

An application package should be submitted prior to February 15, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. Application materials must include (1) a letter of interest, which addresses the applicant's qualifications for, and interest in, the position, including a discussion of the critical leadership issues present; (2) a current resume; and (3) the names, email and business addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five references. Submission of materials as an MS Word attachment (or pdf) is strongly encouraged.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials prior to the above deadline to the search firm assisting The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent to:

Buddy LeTourneau, Principal

BLT Consulting

[email protected]         

Nominations: Individuals wishing to nominate candidates for the position should submit the person's name and institution to the search firm at the contact information above. Additional information (including contact information and comments) is welcome, but not required.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.