003633-2017 - Director, Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories

Job Description

The School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics are launching an internal search to identify an individual with exceptional leadership skills and vision for the position of Director of the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories. Zucrow Labs, was founded in 1948 as the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, is an interdisciplinary research and education center located on a 24 acre site adjacent to the Purdue University Airport. With a distinguished history of aeropropulsion, thermal fluids, energy, and related fields of research, and an extensive portfolio of current research in disciplines such as unsteady aerodynamics of turbomachinery, aeroacoustics, gas turbine and internal engine combustion, solid, hybrid, and liquid rocket propellants, multiphase systems, energetic materials, high pressure and hydrogen storage systems, computational fluid mechanics, alternative fuels, fire research and environmental impact of combustion, and atomization processes,  the  laboratories  are positioned to be recognized as a national resource for investigation in areas of sustainability and security, defense and aerospace sciences.                    

The Director should hold a tenured/tenure -track appointment as a full professor in the College of Engineering and be an active researcher in the areas of thermal sciences, propulsion, and/or related fields and should qualify to hold appointments in both the School of Mechanical Engineering and in the School of Aeronautic s and Astronauti cs. The ideal candidate will be able to articulate a clear vision for strategically expanding the scale of collaborative research at Zucrow Labs, increasing the national profile of the Labs, and leveraging existing resources for greater investment from stakeholders, particularly in future infrastructure needs. S/he must also be enthusiastic about mentoring junior faculty and enhancing the collaborative environment of the Labs, including the effective utilization of shared resources. The Director will be expected to conduct a significant portion of his/her future research at Zucrow Labs, and will be given at least a 0.25 FTE appointment in the School of Mechanical Engineering and in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. S/he will report jointly to the head of these two schools.


Nominations and applications should be submitted via email to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Steve Son (sson@purdue.edu). Applications should include a letter of interest that outlines qualifications for the position and a summary of the candidate's vision for Zucrow Labs, and curriculum vitae. An initial review of applications will commence on February 20, 2017, and continue until a Director is appointed. 

A background check will be required for employment in this position. 

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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