Director of Microelectronics Research Programs and Deputy Director for AUI Labs (4365)

Executive Management Washington, D.C., District Of Columbia


Position Description:


Position Summary

Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity at our headquarters in Washington, D.C. Director of Microelectronics Research Programs. The Director of Microelectronics Research Programs leads the Microelectronics Research Department in the newly formed AUI Labs and works across AUI Labs to set the strategic direction for the Microelectronics Research portfolio in areas such as sensors for extreme environments, hardware-software interface for cybersecurity, and trusted microelectronics analysis.  The Director will identify new and evolving opportunities in basic and applied microelectronics research; focus assigned AUI business development resources on the most relevant and timely opportunities in this field; develop evaluations of their technical, cost, scheduling and administrative requirements, risks and potential value; and generate successful proposals furthering engineering research in alignment with sponsors’ selection criteria, their general paradigms of proposal evaluation and AUI’s business strategy and scientific and technology research and development missions.  The Director will be responsible for managing the funded portfolio.


The Director of Microelectronics Research Program is the AUI Labs Deputy Director and works with the AUI President (Interim AUI Labs Director) to establish the AUI Labs strategy, the organizational structure and the schedule of investments needed to pursue the mix of AUI Lab activities.


AUI provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment.  After one year of employment, AUI’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

Key responsibilities and duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develops, manages, strengthens and grows AUI’s research portfolio, employing highly-developed subject matter expertise, experience, communication skills and original research to develop credible conversations which shape thought leadership and strategies in engineering.
  • Develops structure and program plans for growing out AUI Labs in the area of microelectronics, including the focus areas of the individual departments, the geographic location(s), the facility and equipment needs, and the appropriate collaborations.
  • Develops proactive teaming strategies for proposals, where AUI and partner, prime or subcontractor team capabilities are valuable, complementary, and offer an optimal combination of performance, cost and program delivery. Works with collaborators to develop Partnership Agreements and MOUs for proposals.
  • Plans and implements outreach efforts (e.g., with prospective customers, at conferences or other meetings, with AUI research centers, etc.) to showcase AUI’s vision, core competencies, and focus areas for growth.
  • Works with AUI division vice presidents, research center directors and other department directors to leverage the existing portfolio and interests to provide value to pursuing initiatives and programs. A primary focus will be leveraging the capabilities that currently exist within the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, such as at the Central Development Laboratory, and in the cybersecurity programs that AUI is building.
  • Manages the funded programs and maintains overall responsibility for the identification, recruiting and management of the AUI staff needed to support the AUI Labs portfolio.


Work Environment

Work is typically conducted in an office and light electronics laboratory environment. Regular travel is likely, including occasional international travel.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

An advanced engineering or science degree in electrical, electronics, biomedical or related scientific or technical field. PhD is preferred.


Minimum Experience

  • 10+ years’ experience with direct basic and applied microelectronics research and education responsibility.
  • 5+ years’ experience of leadership involvement the development of proposals for microelectronics research and/or products and services.
  • Considerable success presenting to Executives, C-Suite, and Board of Director level audiences.
  • 5-10+ years direct experience in lab construction, management and leadership.
  • Experience working for government sponsors who support classified research and with requirements for conducting and disseminating such research.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Security Clearance: Active TS/SCI
  • Project management certification a plus: PMI, PRINCE2, CCPM, XPM



Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button below.  You will need to be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position. Applications will be reviewed beginning on September 4, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.


AUI is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)