Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET)

J.E. Sirrine Textile Foundation Endowed Chair of Optical Fibers

The Clemson University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, in conjunction with the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), is soliciting applications and nominations of Full or Associate Professors for the Sirrine Endowed Chair in Optical Fibers.

Supported by an endowment in excess of $7.3M, the Sirrine Chair will be a pre-eminent scholar with an international reputation for research relating to optical fiber materials, advanced structures and applications.  The endowment resulted from funding by the J. E. Sirrine Textile Foundation and the South Carolina Research Centers of Economic Excellence Act, both of which stipulated that the chaired professor encourage knowledge-based economic development and academic excellence.

The Sirrine Chair will be a dynamic, innovative leader with a distinguished record of accomplishment of scholarship.  The Chair will have an earned doctorate in materials science or related discipline and have 10-plus years of relevant industrial and/or academic experience. The candidate will have strong ties to professional societies and be active on national and international committees relating to research, education, or professional development in optics and materials.  In addition to being a proven leader and mentor, the Sirrine Chair will have extensive industrial and governmental contacts, a solid history of international, interdisciplinary research, support and outreach activities, and a proven innovation record as evidenced by patents and licensed/commercialized technologies.  Ideally, the candidate will be entrepreneurially minded having either created or consulted with new firms or have quantifiably contributed to business development or technology entrepreneurship.  As a faculty member within the School of  Materials  Science and Engineering with  additional  affiliations   within  the  University where  warranted,  the candidate  will assume responsibilities  associated with  his/her  academic appointment,  including  development  and teaching of  undergraduate  and graduate courses, establishment  of  a strong and sustained research program, and demonstration of service to the University.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, their resume, curriculum vitae, and a list of five references. Electronic submission required and should be sent to Dr. Marek Urban, Search and Screen Committee Chair, at:  Informal inquiries may also be directed to this e-mail address. Application materials should be received by March 1, 2013 to receive full consideration; however the search will remain open until the position is filled.

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