FOUNDING KUMMER DEPARTMENT CHAIR - Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science

Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 17, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time


Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science


A New Kind of Leader for a New Department
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), one of the nation’s top technological research universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of the founding Kummer Department Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science. Since its inception in 1960, the Nuclear Engineering degree program has been administered both as a stand-alone department and within the Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering. However, driven by a vision for the future, as of October 2020 the program is now the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science, an independent department under the Missouri S&T College of Engineering and Computing. The department will be led by the Kummer Department Chair, an endowed position created as a result of the recent establishment of the Kummer Institute.

About the Kummer Institute
The Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development was established in October 2020 through a gift of $300 million from June and Fred Kummer. The Institute will transform Missouri S&T by cultivating leadership and technological innovation, and fostering expansion of academic-industry partnerships to directly address emerging needs of industry.

"Elevating STEM education to ensure economic development."-Fred Kummer                                             

Position Description
The Founding Kummer Department Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science will possess the skills, knowledge and experience to:
• Drive strategic and operational efforts to establish the Department as an internationally recognized leader in the education of nuclear engineers;
• Engage alumni and faculty to attract philanthropic support and diversify department revenue streams;
• Collaborate with, mentor, and support faculty to increase research activity.

• An earned doctoral degree in Nuclear Engineering or in a related discipline from an accredited university.
• Academic credentials commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor.
• Extensive experience in a Nuclear Engineering related area; candidates from academia, national laboratories, industry, or federal agencies are encouraged to apply

About Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science
The undergraduate program is one of only 21 nuclear engineering degree programs in the nation. The educational mission is to offer students career-focused opportunities in nuclear engineering, energy and nonproliferation, and radiation science and medical applications. Our research mission is to become nationally recognized leaders in micro reactor development, medical imaging and radiotherapy applications, and materials in advanced nuclear systems. The department is home to nine faculty, three staff, and 130 undergraduate and 36 graduate students. The department is operates a 200 kW MTR-type reactor used for student operator training and research.

About Missouri S&T                                                                                            Founded in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri S&T is a U.S. News & World Report top-100 public national university. Missouri S&T’s rigorous education degrees are offered to over 7,600 students, including over 1,550 master’s and Ph.D. students. With the creation of the Kummer Institute, Missouri S&T is increasing its degree offerings to expand on its base of academic excellence. Learn more at

Application Process                                                                                            Candidates should electronically submit their application (pdf or Word format) consisting of a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) research statement, 4) teaching statement, 5) diversity statement, and 6) list of four references to Missouri S&T’s Human Resources Office at: using Reference #00077874. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants must apply by January 15, 2021. For more information please contact the Search Committee Chair, Wayne Huebner, at 573-341-6129, or


Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. Females, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The university participates in E-Verify (more information available from the DHS at: 1-888-464-4218).