The Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy (MIDE) within the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) is seeking to hire an Assistant Director of Research. In this role, the successful candidate will support and lead multiple aspects of research and development needs for a counter directed energy weapons program. This individual will perform, and oversee the work performed by others at UMKC and external organizations, on simulations, materials fabrication, and empirical data collection. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that the computational and experimental data can be standardized for one-to-one comparison with the objective of informing design iterations and decisions made with any third parties. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in programming, data analysis, experimental design, and capable of communicating with multiple individuals from varying backgrounds, both orally, in presentation form, and in written form, while managing the overall delivery schedule.
Design and fabricate materials, collect experimental data on those materials, and/or run simulations on those materials, or manage (delegate and teach) such duties for student(s) and/or staff member(s)
Communicate needs/changes in data collection or simulation with those co-performing the work to ensure coverage of a full parameter space
Lead data analysis and development of analytical algorithms for the processing of empirically or computationally derived RF absorption/transmission/reflection data from the materials of interest
Mentor and guide undergraduate and graduate students in physics and engineering;
Continued professional development
Insure analysis and data processing are performed within the guidelines of the project's security protocols and the results of processing/analysis are marked and controlled as required in the programmatic operational security guidance
Prioritizes individual projects based on contractual/programmatic deadlines and requirements
Support institute growth/development as the technical lead while also identifying needed resources and suggesting allocation of efforts to technical directors to ensure timely and professional execution of research and development
BS or BA degree in Physics, Engineering or related discipline with focus or proven experience in design of materials for interaction with radiofrequency waves
Programming experience in Python
At least 2 years experience in directed or counter directed energy technologies
MS degree in Physics, Engineering or related discipline with 5+ years of experience programming, data analysis, algorithm development, and experimental design
Experience in analysis of experimental RF response data
Proven experience in working with external entities either corporate, government, or university
Ability to hold and maintain a United States security clearance
Full Time/Part Time
Salary Range $53,600 - $75,296 annually
Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm or comparable. Culture of flexibility is supported.
Open Until Filled
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We are building a community in which we support each other, learn from each other and grow together. The successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for students and the university.
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