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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Principal Research Scientist/Executive Director in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Principal Research Scientist/Executive Director

  • Job Number: 19865

  • Functional Area: Academic (non-faculty)

  • Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • School Area: Engineering

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

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PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)-Concrete Sustainability Hub (MIT CSHub) ( , to lead a diverse group whose expertise spans the fields of science, engineering, and economics. Will develop and implement a strategic vision to enhance sustainability and resilience in the concrete industry, including promoting innovation and ensuring maximum impact of CSHub products; and help advance industry research and the development of quantitative sustainability and resilience solutions using an array of advanced techniques, including crowdsourced data acquisition and analytics, deep learning, large-scale modern simulation approaches, and multiscale experimental techniques. Will lead these team efforts and develop—with faculty and industry partners—strategic goals, roadmaps, research, educational initiatives, and implementation portfolios and methods for achieving them. Will also be responsible for research direction, resource management, fostering student engagement and advising, and creating communication and outreach strategies that broaden CSHub’s impact and convey its research to key audiences.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in materials- and structures-related science or engineering field; track record of scholarly activity in the area of mechanics and materials; five years’ related experience in academia/industry and record of scholarship and/or industry leadership, preferably in materials science and engineering, sustainability, resilience, industrial ecology, or similar field; experience managing research teams in academia/industry; proven consulting skills; ability to coordinate, manage, and conduct research within the CSHub and CEE and MIT communities; strong record of publications and presentations at scientific meetings and impact on the international research community; ability to manage multiple objectives/tasks and meet competing deadlines; excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; and engineering background in research and/or design. PREFERRED: work experience with large academic-industry projects and ability to interact with research sponsors, media, etc. Job #19865 7/14/21