Director, School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

University of Akron

Akron, OH

ID: 7072563
Posted: November 25, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of five professional references to your profile and any letters of nominations. Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references. References will be contacted only after a thorough review and screening of the candidate pool.

After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents under the my Cover Letters and Attachments section.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. A resume will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application. For assistance with your application or attachments please call Angie Kerley in Human Resources at 330-972-6547.


The University of Akron invites applications for the position of Director for the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (SPSPE), in the College of Engineering. This position is expected to start by July 2021. The successful candidate will be an expert in the field of polymers and/or soft matter; a visionary, with a strong technical and organizational vision for advancing the school; an outstanding manager and leader with administrative experience; an experienced fundraiser; and an outspoken and effective advocate for the school and the college, able to effectively promote SPSPE and CEPS interests at the university, state, and federal levels.

Required Qualifications

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Polymer Engineering, Polymer Science, Chemistry or Physics. Five years of relevant managerial and leadership experience in a technical organization, this may include academic, government laboratory or corporate R&D.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in obtaining research funding and contract administration.




The SPSPE consists of two units (in four buildings), 26 research active faculty members, two associate Directors responsible for assisting the Director with academic and research activities, 20 staff members and contract professionals and 250 graduate students, along with research. The school is organized for teaching and research at the graduate level, granting M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in either Polymer Science or Polymer Engineering. The organization includes complementary research centers and facilities with instrumentation and support staff, which generally provides a research focus for the department faculty and graduate students. The program is the largest and broadest in the U.S., dating from 1909, and is recognized as being among the world's best. For more information please visit and

Application Deadline

Open until filled, however, review of applicants will begin January 04, 2020.

Background Check Statement

The University of Akron is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and employees. The university endeavors to protect the health, welfare and safety of all students, employees and visitors on our campus. As such, the university will conduct a pre-employment background check for all applicants selected for employment.


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