As part of Wright State University, WSRI is committed to WSU's mission to transform the lives of students and the communities we serve, and to support that mission through strong internal and external partnerships. WSRI strives to be National leaders in transformational applied research.
APEX, the Academic Partnership and Engagement Experiment, is a new United States Air Force (USAF) program developed in partnership with Wright State Research Institute to improve engagement and collaboration between the USAF, academia, and its industry partners. Reporting directly to the APEX Executive Director, the APEX Chief Scientist is responsible for building the APEX scientific strategic plan and leading APEX scientific visioning in support of the USAF 2030 goals.
The APEX Chief Scientist also supports the USAF by providing research leadership and mentorship across the US and APEX to help the universities deliver high-impact solutions for government, and industry problems through collaboration, research, education and training.
In this position the APEX Chief Scientist at all times must promote transparency, always act ethically, promote and ensure compliance, be highly collaborative across our academic, industry, state and federal partners, cultivate our people as our greatest asset, and create an environment that supports innovation and inclusive behaviors.
PhD in Scientific or related field.
15 years of research experience demonstrating increasing responsibilities and the ability to maintain relationships with a variety of diverse key stakeholders within and outside of Academia.
Direct experience and knowledge of government research and development organizations including, but not limited to DOD, DARPA, DTRA, ONR, NRL, AFRL, ARO, NASA, and/or the Intelligence community.
Must have strong visioning and scientific leadership skills and experience
Must have 10 years of experience in executing complex and significant research opportunities and transactions within time, quality and budget.
Ability to manage 3rd party partnerships and relationships including customers, project managers, and WSU support teams in collaborative and inclusive manner.
Requires strong writing skills, reporting skills, research leadership and management, scheduling, leadership of research team, time management, and presentation skills
Highly effective communication, and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate with the public and handle sensitive information discreetly.
Ability to obtain a Top Secret (TS) SCI clearance
20 years as a Government and or Industry researcher with strong DARPA and or NSF experience and has experience in Government sponsored research and development.
Member of Professional Scientific Society(s)
Essential Functions and percent of time::
30% -Provides scientific leadership of the APEX research programs and support scientific research teams across the USAF, academia and industry. This also includes support across DOD, DOE, DARPA, NASA, IARPA, and the Intelligence Community. -Coordinates and leads scientific endeavors with USAF that are consistent with the APEX mission, strategy, policies and procedures. -Lead development, completion and implementation of the APEX scientific strategic plan
35% -Lead the scientific review and visioning of APEXs research initiatives to accelerate and grow the USAF research enterprise to support rapid technology transition in support of the USAF 2030 Goals. -Lead APEX visioneering and analytics efforts, and coordinate APEX scientific research topics and roadmaps across government research and development organizations including, but not limited to DOD, NASA, and the Intelligence community.
This position is anticipated to require significant travel. Special contract terms and conditions of employment apply. Length of contract is one year, renewable, contingent upon funding.
To preserve the safety and security of the campus community and to maintain the integrity of university operations, it is the policy of Wright State University before making an employment offer conduct various background checks, such as a criminal record, credit history when job related and/or education verifications. Additionally, an administrative review shall be conducted whenever the university learns that an employee is charged with or convicted of a crime (except for minor vehicle violations). Frequently asked questions related to background checks may be found on the human resources website at http://www.wright.edu/human-resources.
Effective July 1, 2017, per Policy 7230 Wright State University is tobacco free. Tobacco use, including the sale, advertising sampling and distribution of tobacco products and tobacco related items is prohibited in all university facilities, on all university owned or leased grounds, university owned or operated residence halls and apartments, and at all university sponsored events regardless of location. Tobacco use is also prohibited in all university vehicles or on any equipment owned, leased or operated by Wright State University. This policy applies to anyone on campus including students, faculty, staff, visitors, consultants, vendors, patients, volunteers, and contractor employees.
Wright State University serves nearly 18,000 students and offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree programs through eight colleges and three schools. Located in the city of Fairborn in Greene County, Ohio, Wright State is conveniently situated adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is less than 10 miles from downtown Dayton. One of our eight colleges, Wright State University–Lake Campus, is a university-operated regional campus on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio. The Wright State alumni community is more than 109,000 strong. For more information please visit www.wright.edu.