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Director, Bridge Engineering Center

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Director I - 1025
Pay Grade 38
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80050P
Working Title Director, Bridge Engineering Center
Advertised Employing Department Institute for Transportation (InTrans)
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term 12 months
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Institute for Transportation (InTrans) is a $17 million research organization at Iowa State University that includes seven centers and seven programs. InTrans conducts transportation-related research and outreach, and addresses the education and workforce development needs of future transportation professionals. InTrans’ mission is to develop and implement innovative methods, materials, and technologies for improving transportation system efficiency, safety, reliability, and sustainability while improving the learning environment of students, faculty, and staff in transportation-related fields.

The individual in this position will serve as a Director I of the Bridge Engineering Center reporting to the Director II. This center is administratively housed within the Institute for Transportation. The individual will be the direct supervisor of three P&S technical staff, graduate students, undergraduate students and will be expected to work directly with faculty on research principally related to bridge engineering. This person will also be expected to devote a considerable amount of effort to growing sponsored programs for the Center and Institute. As a part of this growth in sponsored programs, the employee will also be expected to promote and advance multi-disciplinary research within InTrans and with cross-disciplinary groups at ISU and beyond. In addition, the individual will be required to teach technical workshops to engineering professionals across the county. The primary foci of this individual is to (1) serve as the Principal Investigator on National, Regional, State, and Local research and (2) to grow the research funding at the Bridge Engineering Center by securing an aggressive and new funding stream.

The successful candidate will find balance between managing existing research projects, developing innovative research concepts, and establishing new lasting sponsor relationships to ensure future funding. In order to be successful in the position, the candidate will possess good management skills, strong communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with clients and colleagues.

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.

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

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.

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.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 6 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 3 years of related experience unless otherwise specified under supplemental required education and experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience
Preferred Education and Experience

Ph.D. in Structural Engineering.

Experience conducting material and geometrically nonlinear structural analyses using finite element software.

History of publishing scholarly works in high impact journals.

Experience writing competitive proposals.

Experience with instrumentation including strain sensors, deflection transducers, and others.

Experience writing research reports.

Structural engineering laboratory experience including: specimen design, fabrication, and testing.

Experience conducting field testing of structures for response under live load, temperature changes, and other influences.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

This position requires the ability to travel in order to carry out the duties of this position and candidates must have access to reliable transportation.

Department Contact Name Toni McAlister
Department Contact Phone 5515-294-2676
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

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

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

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

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 03/06/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

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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EO Statement

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

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Professional Engineering license.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your history of publishing scholarly works in a high impact journal.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What experience do you have in writing competitive proposals?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * What experience do you have writing research reports?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * What structural engineering laboratory experience do you have with specimen design, fabrication and testing?

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * What experience do you have conducting field testing of structures for response under live load, temperature changes and other influences?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

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