Director of Nuclear Engineering Program and Professorship - Materials Science & Engineering

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Engineering

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Job Description:

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) at the University of Florida (UF) invites applicants for the position of Director of the Nuclear Engineering (NE) Program. The University of Florida aspires to not only lead but also to be a pioneer in education, research, and innovation, most recently recognized as the No. 1 public university by the Wall Street Journal (2023) and ranked 6th among public universities by U.S. News & World Report (2023-2024).

The Role: The Director for the NE program supervises the program and bears the responsibility for upholding program excellence. As a steward of excellence in the academic, research, and service endeavors of the program and the leader of a diverse, interdisciplinary community of students, faculty, and staff, responsibilities will encompass:

  • Crafting a forward-looking vision for the program's growth and advancement in every facet of academic and research excellence.
  • Elevating the program's profile through strategic partnerships with industry.
  • Enhancing the academic program's reputation through strategic collaborations, outreach, and achievements to foster increased peer engagement and recognition.
  • Spearheading innovative, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative research initiatives.
  • Implementing a targeted outreach strategy to foster increased collaboration and partnership opportunities, encouraging external stakeholders to proactively seek collaboration on research proposals and initiatives with our nuclear engineering program.
  • Fostering an environment that promotes inclusivity and professional growth amongst faculty, students, and staff.

The Program: As the sole NE program in Florida, housed within the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, we offer:

  • A leading-edge faculty with expertise spanning nuclear fuels and materials, nuclear security, plasma physics, reactor physics & thermal hydraulics, and radiochemistry.
  • A vibrant community with 80 undergraduate and 30 graduate students, supported by 12 faculty members, including 9 tenured/tenure-track positions.
  • A robust research ecosystem with annual contracts and grants expenditures exceeding $3.5 million.
Expected Salary:

Salary to commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

A Ph.D. in nuclear engineering or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

A proven track record in research, teaching, service, management, and leadership. At least six years of post-graduate research experience, with a preference for candidates demonstrating substantial contributions to both undergraduate and graduate education as well as leadership in their field and the nuclear engineering community.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The desired start date for the NE program director is August 16, 2024. The committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to receive applications until the position is filled. To receive full consideration applicants must apply via UF Jobs at reference position number 529518.

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover Letter that details the applicant's leadership experience and philosophy and strategic vision for the future of the NE program
  3. Names and contact information for five references
  4. Research statement
  5. Teaching statement

Required documents 4 and 5 as well as any supplemental documents should be uploaded as one PDF to the “other documents” selection in the application.

For additional information please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Assel Aitkaliyeva (

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. The University of Florida is committed to nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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