Director, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE)

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Posting Details

Posting Number 700171
Working Title Director, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE)
Advertised Employing Department College of Engineering
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date 01/01/2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 9
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Iowa State University College of Engineering seeks a Director for the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), an internationally recognized center for R&D in NDE established in 1985. This position will report to the Associate Dean for Research. The Director will hold a tenured faculty position at the rank of associate or full professor and will teach in relevant department(s) in the College of Engineering.

Working with outstanding personnel, the CNDE Director will provide the creative vision and leadership for the center to advance the scientific and engineering R&D program, grow the education and technology-transfer programs on and off campus, and expand future funding opportunities through current and new industrial business and government partners, while increasing the center’s influence and already high visibility. CNDE draws from expertise across campus and maintains strong ties to industry, other academic institutions and to the Ames Laboratory, a U.S. DOE National Laboratory on the ISU campus.

Required Education and Experience

-Doctorate in science or engineering discipline
-Demonstrated record of related NDE R&D accomplishments
-Grant/contract successes (acquisition and execution)
-Demonstrated expertise in planning, leading and growing successful multi-investigator research initiatives

Preferred Education and Experience

-National prominence and international reputation in the NDE community
-Record of visionary leadership in NDE.
-Collaborate successfully with government, industry and academic partners/sponsors, including advisory boards, review panels and/or national working groups
-Strong interpersonal and communication skills
-Ability to work with a diverse staff and clientele
- Demonstrated ability to manage R&D and supervise technical researchers

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description

The Center for NDE was established as an NSF IUCRC in 1985 and it graduated in January 2016. It is comprised of about 20 active professional researchers (P&S Staff), faculty, post-docs and typically engages with about 50 students. It has annual research expenditures of about $3M. CNDE values interdisciplinary collaborative R&D programs, engaging multiple academic departments and a broad spectrum of industries. CNDE focuses on four themes: Advanced NDE methods, Material state Awareness including additive manufacturing, digital NDE, and structural health monitoring. The center is aligned with the broader College of Engineering strategic objectives. Several members of the center are active in courses which comprise the NDE Minor, it hosts the NDT Resource Center (a web based resource) and together with QNDE Programs, organizes the Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative NDE. The Center is located in the Applied Sciences Complex and has about $8M in equipment.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

Ames, Iowa is a vibrant, diverse, family-friendly community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Tiffany Thuney
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Location (if other than Ames)
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Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Two page (approximate) cover letter containing statements of research and leadership philosophy that includes the vision for the future of the center and addresses the required and preferred qualifications.
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Full Contact Information for at least three Professional References

If you have questions regarding this vacancy, please contact Dr. Arun Somani ( or call 515-294-0442.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 10/26/2017
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All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Associate Professor - 1800
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Information
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