Managing Director of the Aviation RFID Lab
Position Summary Information
Job Description Summary
The Auburn University RFID Laboratory, which is affiliated with
multiple colleges on campus, invites applications for the Managing
Director of the Aviation RFID Lab. This position will be a
non-tenure track position at the rank of Professor of
The Auburn University RFID Lab is a proven leader in RFID research
and technology application. The lab collaborates with partners to
develop specialized technologies designed to enhance RFID and
serialized identification sensor capabilities and improve data
capture systems in a variety of technology fields, and researches
and promotes the business case and value of adoption in aviation
In general, the director will oversee and manage the daily
operations of the Aviation/Aerospace ID Laboratory which is engaged
in planning and performing analyses and tests required for
research, development, and/or quality control. Additionally, full
supervisory responsibility for other employees is a major part of
the position and includes training, evaluating, and recommending
promotion and similar types of employment decisions. Specifically,
the key duties and responsibilities related to this opportunity
- Plans and oversees the daily operations of the lab to meet
schedules, standard procedures, records keeping and reporting
requirements. Manages the design and planning of experiments,
tests, and laboratory sequences; manages lab testing systems, and
retention and presentation of lab data. Ensures lab testing and
reporting consistencies are maintained with the large research
- Schedules and conducts specialized formal tours of the
laboratory to foster relationships for potential funded research.
Schedules events and activities, such as advisory board meetings
and large conference events.
- Oversees and coordinates day-to-day activities associated with
financial responsibilities, ordering supplies, p-card
reconciliations, vendor reimbursements, and journal vouchers.
- Manages lab researchers to include schedule development,
timekeeping activities, instructing and training students on the
safe and proper use of the lab and associated equipment.
- Assist in Sponsored Project coordination and grant management,
support development officers with external partner activities,
visits, and events for the Aviation ID Lab and University
- Generates new research project concepts and oversees and
participates in faculty and industry research projects.
- Recruits outside corporate and public partners and research
funding for the Aviation ID Lab Board of Advisors.
- Schedules and conducts meetings and activities for the Aviation
ID Lab Board of Advisors.
- Manages the Aviation ID Lab budget and generates revenue for
the full lab budget under a soft funding model.
- Travel for recruiting, events, and research as necessary.
The Auburn Family values tradition, yet eagerly prepares for the
future. Rooted in more than 160 years of tradition, Auburn
University occupies 1,841 acres and is the academic home to more
than 30,000 students. Auburn’s commitment to active student
engagement, professional success, and public/private partnerships
garners a growing reputation for outreach and extension that
delivers broad economic, health, and societal impact. The
University’s alumni have enjoyed success in myriad fields
Auburn, Alabama is a vibrant and thriving college town and
community. Southern Living recently recognized the city of Auburn
as one of the top small towns in the South and Money magazine named
Auburn as the best place to live in Alabama. Known as the
‘Loveliest Village on the Plains,’ Auburn offers a high quality of
life including a vibrant cultural scene at the new Gogue Performing
Arts Center, SEC sports throughout the academic year, an
outstanding K-12 school system, general and concierge healthcare
options, and an exceptional veterinary school for pet care.
Chewacla State Park, just five miles from campus, offers camping,
hiking, and mountain biking, as well as swimming and boating
opportunities. The Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is only
90 miles away, with multiple shuttle service options to/from Auburn
daily. Birmingham is a similar drive to the north and Montgomery,
the state capital, is only 50 minutes southwest of Auburn. Beaches
or mountains, whichever you prefer, are only a 3- 4 hour drive.
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Special Instructions to Applicants
- Successful candidates will have significant professional
experience and expertise in RFID and identification technologies
and familiarity with aviation applications of the
- A proven dedication to managing projects and mentoring
employees along with a demonstrated ability to effectively
collaborate with multiple constituents is highly desirable.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required
at the time employment begins.
- The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for
work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled
to begin and continue working legally for the term of
- We encourage applications from all candidates whose interests
align with the mission and vision of the RFID Laboratory.
To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a cover letter,
resume, transcripts, and contact information of three references to
the job posting at: https://www.auemployment.com/postings/28529
Review of application materials will begin in full on April 18,
2022 and applications will continue to be accepted until a
qualified candidate is recommended for appointment.
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EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment
opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex,
religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected
veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender
identity, or any other classification protected by applicable
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