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Director of Watershed Innovation

Employer
Washington College Center for Environment & Society
Location
Chestertown, Maryland
Closing date
Dec 20, 2023

Reporting directly to the CES Director, the Director of Watershed Innovation is a key member of CES’s leadership team who will work to enhance the Center’s research mission on the Chester River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, and comparable national and international watersheds. The Director will be responsible for creating, developing, and managing innovative and entrepreneurial science programs that can create effective solutions for real-world environmental problems. The intent is to incubate and grow ideas into marketable instruments, applications, and/or other tools that support sustainable development. Partnership with the College’s Makerspace is open. The Director should use this charge to link undergraduates, faculty, and staff at Washington College with NGOs, corporations, and government agencies through this initiative. There are a range of water related topics that are of interest and importance, such as but not limited to agricultural runoff, septic intrusion, degraded and restored aquatic habitats, sea level rise, extreme events, temperature rise, environmental justice, conservation, and development. Watershed monitoring and observation networks are at the center of the innovation program, with research questions that integrate the research expertise at CES into transdisciplinary initiatives at the water-land-food-climate nexus. Operation of bathymetry and river bottom profiling instrumentation such as side scan sonar, magnetometer, and sub-bottom profilers is desired. The Director of Watershed Innovation would have the opportunity to link to studies in physics (particularly around remote sensing), chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, and mathematical and computational sciences. Affiliation with appropriate department(s) would be negotiated on hire.

Washington College’s new strategic plan includes sustainability, inclusivity, and civic engagement as key pillars for operations and academics. Together with undergraduate research mentorship, candidates should be interested and experienced in developing student-centered, trans- or interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects relevant to identified partners.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

· Develop an applied research agenda inclusive of undergraduate students and external partners that results in a variety of potential research products, such as scientific and popular publications, data visualizations, briefs, reports, products, patents, copyrights.

· Collaborate closely with Washington College faculty, academic programs and departments, ensuring CES enjoys strong relationships across the institution and the greater community

· Participate in and foster a team-oriented, transdisciplinary, and collaborative culture at CES

· Teach one course per year to develop interest and capacity of students to engage in research and scholarship at CES

· Mentor student projects and internships, and support students’ professional development

· Represent CES and communicate research to multiple internal and external audiences

· Successful seek external funding, individually and/or as a part of research teams

· Collaborate with appropriate partners to develop, commercialize or market innovations

· Work with CES Director to align with strategic goals of the Center and College

· Report annually on activities

· Manage the budget, assets, and physical space of the Watershed Innovation Lab

· Contribute to the larger mission of CES in service to the Center and the College

 

EDUCATION, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE:

· A PhD in a relevant field, such as environmental science, earth sciences, physics, engineering, mathematical or computational sciences is required

· At least five years of professional experience in higher education or research in any sector, particularly transdisciplinary research or team science

· Experience with mentoring undergraduates in research

· Teaching experience

· Experience with knowledge creation and research for innovation, such as in incubators or makerspaces, in non-profit or for-profit settings

· Excellent written and oral communication skills

· Track record of earning extramural funding through grant writing

· Track record of research productivity

· Proven experience building interdisciplinary, national or international partnerships across private and public sector stakeholders

· Demonstrative lab management skills

· Experience with philanthropic donations is preferred, but not required

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