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ElectroScience Laboratory Director

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Not specified
Date posted
Dec 4, 2023

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ElectroScience Laboratory Director

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering / ElectroScience Laboratory

College of Engineering


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ( at The Ohio State University invite applications for a Associate Professor or Professor appointment as Director of the ElectroScience Laboratory (


Position Overview

The Director of the ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) is a tenured position (Associate Professor or Professor level). The ESL Director leads the largest fundamental center on electromagnetic systems in the country; serves as the chief executive and technical officer for the laboratory, working closely with key leadership within the College of Engineering (CoE) Engineering Research Administration (ERA), other CoE centers  and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); provides leadership and strategic direction for ESL and leads the laboratory in the formulation and growth of large research programs; provides leadership in vision setting and strategic planning, enhances the public profile of the laboratory and external relations with government, industry and alumni, and stimulates and mentors faculty, senior researchers, staff and students; is responsible for ESL’s strategic plan, financial and operational leadership, and sets a culture of excellence, diversity, and inclusion throughout the laboratory; provides technical leadership and collaboration in industry or government laboratory R&D projects; helps secure major research funding from competitive federal and/or industry grants. The College of Engineering strives to be a national leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in engineering or related disciplines.


Performance Objectives

  • ESL Advocacy:  Promotes the reputation of ESL externally to professional societies, academia, industry, government and the media; promotes the reputation of ESL internally to the University, College of Engineering, and the ECE Department; establishes and maintains good relations with government and industry sponsors; works with ESL faculty and researchers to promote individual programs and professional reputations.
  • Program Development and Execution: Works with faculty and researchers to develop new funding opportunities, helps write proposals, secure funding, and create a stable and sustainable business model for the laboratory; builds collaborative relationships and partnerships with key R&D funding agencies and key industry stakeholders; oversees program development and seedling research efforts to support strategic ESL program opportunities.
  • ESL Operations and Growth: Works with the ESL Assistant Director to create, monitor and execute the ESL budget, ESL facilities plan and ESL equipment plan; works closely with ESL and ECE Personnel Committees to define, recruit and recommend candidates for faculty positions at ESL. 
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Identifies, recruits, and manages the ESL Industry Consortium (CERF) and annual short courses; regularly engages with CoE leadership and centers across the college; fosters engagement with ESL alumni; other duties and special projects, as assigned.
  • Research Team Management: Recruits, develops and manages the ESL research team (research scientists, senior research associates and research associates); establishes research performance metrics and regularly reviews research team performance, progress and salary plans.



Education and Experience Requirements


  • Extensive track record as a successful faculty member with research activities aligned with those of the ESL
  • Demonstrated ability to form successful partnership with peers
  • Demonstrated external visibility and impact in research, innovation, and mentorship
  • Successful leadership in obtaining major research funding from competitive federal and/or industry grants
  • Demonstrated ability to foster external research funding relationships
  • Experience in creating and leveraging partnerships between internal and external entities, familiarity with university operations and environment, and a track record of mentorship



  • Executive management and leadership experience Ability to effectively work with state and federal sponsors, and senior industry executives to realize ambitious visions Experience in developing organizations, systems and staffing for established and/or growing enterprises Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated efforts in research, teaching, and/or outreach and engagement that reflect Ohio State’s Shared Values


How to Apply


You will be presented with the opportunity to attach documents in the Application Documents section.  Please include the following:

  • Attachment 1: Cover Letter: 1-2 page letter, which should include a brief summary of your academic background and why you are interested in this opportunity.
  • Attachment 2: CV (Curriculum Vitae)/Resume: Detailed overview of your scholarly experience, including your research experience, teaching and mentoring experience, service, funding, and publications.
  • Attachment 3: Teaching, Mentoring, and Leadership Statement: A statement of your approaches, experience and philosophy regarding your teaching, , mentoring, and leadership.
  • Attachment 4: Research Statement: Summary of your past research accomplishments, current work/research, and proposal for your future research plan as a faculty member.


See additional application material instructions

A list of three references upon request.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Prof. Fernando L. Teixeira at


Application review:

Review of applications will begin on December 28th, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

The ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) is the premier center focused on all aspects of electromagnetics and radio frequency (RF) systems. Established in 1942, it is one of the oldest and largest electromagnetics laboratories in the United States. ESL has consistently maintained a national and international preeminence in electromagnetics and RF systems. ESL faculty, research scientists and students are involved in all aspects of electromagnetic and RF technologies. ESL is a distinctive university center where world-class faculty and research scientists lead projects that provide state-of-the-art exploration and superior training for graduate and undergraduate students. ESL is a multidisciplinary research facility that collaborates with other laboratories across campus and industry partners worldwide.


The College of Engineering

Diversity, equity, and inclusion: The College of Engineering strives to be a national leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The college engages in and leads significant efforts to increase diversity among the field's future leaders through the office of Diversity, Outreach, and Inclusion (DOI). The DOI office offers a variety of student-centric programming designed to increase self-efficacy and foster community among historically excluded and underrepresented students and provide resources to support our faculty and staff. All faculty are expected to participate in, support, and/or lead these efforts and to contribute to the department's inclusive climate via their work in one of many ways, including but not limited to; teaching, service, mentoring and advising. For more information about DOI, visit


Faculty Development: The Ohio State University and the College of Engineering are committed to support and develop faculty as well as the work-life balance of its faculty. These resources include The Engineering Faculty Mentoring Program, the Better Research through Better Mentoring program, and institutional memberships to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. To learn more visit:


Learn more about the College of Engineering, the university and Columbus here.


The University

Each day, Buckeyes across the state and around the world make a lasting impact.

The Ohio State University sets the stage for academic achievement and innovation. It's where friendships are forged, tradition is brought to life and a better global community is built. Our mission is as clear today as it was 150 years ago: to illuminate a pathway to education, research and health care that creates vibrant futures.  Faculty, staff, and students build the incomparable Buckeye spirit through collaboration, a strong sense of community and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Our strength comes from our ability to bring out the best in people and learn from Buckeyes of all backgrounds, passions, and talents.


Ohio State is a top-20 public university, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ list of best U.S. employers for diversity. Eligible Ohio State employees receive comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, and state or alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions.


The Ohio State University’s Shared Values include Excellence and Impact, Diversity and Innovation, Inclusion and Equity, Care and Compassion, and Integrity and Respect. Our university community welcomes differences, encourages open-minded exploration and courageous thinking, and upholds freedom of expression.


Ohio State is a dynamic community where opportunity thrives, and individuals transform themselves and their world. Positions are available in countless fields and specialties. Become a Buckeye and contribute to an incredible legacy that serves to guide our future and shape a better tomorrow.


The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has established Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty and their loved ones. Service offerings include dual careers partner consultations, identifying potential employers and/or employment opportunities, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and in the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are provided to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering or transitioning to The Ohio State University. 


In addition to being responsive to dual-career opportunities, we strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.  Ohio State is an NSF ADVANCE institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).


Located in Ohio’s capital city, Ohio State’s Columbus campus is near the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation, and technology industries. Additional information about the Columbus area is available here. In addition to  its Columbus campus, Ohio State has four regional campuses including Ohio State Lima, Ohio State Mansfield, Ohio State Marion, and Ohio State Newark, in addition to Ohio State ATI in Wooster. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.

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