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HEROES Project Facilitator

Apply now Job no: 513549
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Plastics Engineering
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience within grade/range and grant
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General Summary of Position:

HEROES is a unique collaborative research and development center between UMass Lowell and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (DEVCOM SC). HEROES drives interdisciplinary technological development for improved protection, sustainability and effectiveness of the American warfighters. This initiative is located on campus where UMass Lowell faculty and students and DEVCOM SC scientists and engineers work side by side and share laboratory space. HEROES Initiative supports numerous projects involving over 70 faculty members from colleges of sciences, health sciences, engineering, school of business. HEROES projects are organized in six major thrust areas: unmanned aerial systems, thermal. Chem/bio/ FR protection, flexible electronics & power, human augmentation /exoskeleton research, sensors for chemicals & food pathogens, and nutritional intervention.

The HEROES project facilitator will help faculty in meeting the program objectives by ensuring coordination with various stakeholders. The project facilitator will coordinate activities with collaborators from the industry, track progress and facilitate the team in seeking out opportunities for the continuation of the project. The HEROES project facilitator will also assist faculty members and the HEROES team in proposal development to fund the subsequent phase of the project.

Manage daily activities of four to six HEROES projects:

  • Attend internal progress meetings and monthly meetings with DEVCOM SC.
  • Work with HEROES team to ensure that the program expectations are met for these projects.
  • Develop a network of companies that can be involved in these thrusts to increase the technology and manufacturing readiness levels
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary exchange and multicenter collaborations.
  • Promote the technologies developed at HEROES and communicate the value proposition of projects at industry meetings, conferences, tradeshows as well as updates to brochures and website(s).
  • Develop promotional document as required.
  • Work with HEROES team to respond to research proposal calls/solicitations, assist in the development of collaborative research between faculty members and industry to augment funding.

Assist HEROES Team through the following activities:

  • Help teams prepare for half yearly project reviews and participate in these review meetings
  • Co-organize events and workshops with HEROES Team. Provide feedback on reports and presentation slides for project review and other communications on the project.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

Education:

  • Masters degree preferred in Engineering, Science or Health Science

Experience:

  • 5 years experience
    • Industry experience
    • Technology transfer experience
    • Familiar with department of defense related R&D

Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and industry
  • Understand project requirements, coordinate with resources, and direct the projects in the right direction in a timely manner
  • Ability to manage change and effectively pass on the information down the line to concerned teams for smoother execution
  • Delegate and allocate responsibilities efficiently to manage projects end to end

Additional Considerations: 

  • Independent and self-motivated, able to handle complex and sensitive issues. Strong ethic. Encourage team interaction and appreciate team contribution
  • Identify and pursue new funding and research opportunities
  • Requires understanding of the program and the ability to suggest changes as needed
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse groups.

Supervision:

  • On occasion

Internal/External Communication:

  • Frequent contact with corporate partners, government agencies, vendor companies, university faculty, staff, and students.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

This is a Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit position, Grade P19.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.

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