The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) is one of Johns
Hopkins University’s premier research institutes on the Homewood
Campus. Established in 2012, HEMI includes faculty members and
professional staff from the Whiting School of Engineering, Krieger
School of Arts and Sciences, and the Applied Physics Laboratory.
The Institute includes collaborations with numerous associates from
academia, government, and industry. HEMI’s team of globally
recognized researchers embraces the challenge of solving extremely
complex research problems. This enables the Institute to not only
develop and provide the tools needed to address today’s problems,
but also to lay the groundwork needed to build the basic science
needed to address future threats and opportunities.
HEMI is the lead research organization for federally sponsored
research consortiums which include over 40 university, industry,
and government partners. The Institute serves as an incubator of
new initiatives due to its agility and ability to respond to new
opportunities. Additional information on HEMI is available at:
The Executive Program Director is a senior management position
responsible for providing leadership in executing the HEMI mission
and is a voting member of the HEMI Executive Committee, which makes
recommendations to the HEMI director. Note that this is not a
research position; the emphasis is leadership and program
Specific duties & responsibilities:
- Leadership. Assists the HEMI director and associate director in
leading and managing the Institute. Works closely with the senior
administrative manager to direct the Institute staff. Ensures
internal center directors and principal leads have the resources
they need to be successful. Represents the Institute at internal
and external activities with JHU, government and industry. Ability
to respond quickly to new opportunities and the flexibility to
execute new initiatives.
- Program Management. Applies effective program management skills
to assist the internal centers within HEMI to successfully execute
their sponsored research programs. Duties can include program
planning, budgeting, contracting, subawarding, and reporting.
Ensures the Institute is compliant with federal and university
policies. Works closely with the federal funding agencies to ensure
project objectives and deliverables are completed. Develops
internal processes within the Institute to improve efficiency and
- Strategic Planning. Responsible for updating and implementing
the Institute’s strategic plan. Assists the director in developing
strategies and initiatives to best position the Institute to pursue
future sponsored research activities. Focused on the long range
planning and monitors the fiscal posture to ensure the long term
success of the Institute.
- Research. Identifies sponsored research opportunities, and
partners with HEMI faculty in driving major directions for the
- Business Development. Builds and manages partnerships with
government, corporations, and the broader JHU community. Pursues
additional research, educational, and workforce development
opportunities for the Institute. Serves as the liaison to the JHU
Federal Affairs office for engagement with the State and
Congressional offices. Utilizes technical background to identify
sponsored research opportunities for HEMI faculty and HEMI
- Major Event Planning. Responsible for the overall planning of
select major Institute events. Works closely with the Institute
staff to ensure these high visibility events are successfully
- Strategic Communications. Assists the HEMI director in
promoting the Institute both internally and externally. Works
closely with the HEMI communications staff to develop, refine, and
distribute the Institute’s message to maximize the impact.
- Service to the University. Serves as the program director for a
variety of student research internships within the Institute.
Writes proposals to external agencies for internship funding,
evaluates applications, and matches students with faculty hosts.
Also serves on selection committees to review internal proposals
within the School of Engineering.
- Mentoring. Serves as a mentor to develop the junior program
managers and staff within the Institute. Develops opportunities for
these managers and staff for their professional development and
- Other duties as assigned.
Experience with leadership and program management is expected. A
Master’s Degree is required. A doctorate in a discipline related to
mechanical engineering, civil engineering, materials science,
computer/data science or physics, is preferred. Candidates with
significant government laboratory or military experience, at a high
rank, will also be considered (and the PhD requirement
For best consideration, please apply by sending your curriculum
vitae, the names and contact information for three professional
references, and a recent salary history to
HEMIexecdirectorsearch@jhu.edu. Review of the applications will
continue until the position is filled. Subject to the
qualifications of an applicant, this position could receive a
faculty appointment within the Whiting School of Engineering. The
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