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University of Texas at Austin
  • Position Number: 4587560
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Position Type: Science - Chemistry

M-WET Operations Director (Research Associate) - McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering

Hiring Department:

Department of Chemical Engineering

Position Open To:

All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:


FLSA Status:


Earliest Start Date:


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue



Job Details:

To conduct and oversee scientific, programmatic and research operations of the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Center (ERFC) entitled Materials for Water and Energy Systems (M-WET).


Facilitate communications to ensure that all Principal Investigators (PIs) and participating institutions in the Center for Materials for Water and Energy Systems (M-WET) provide necessary input for Center and Department of Energy (DOE) reports. Generate research highlights for the DOE, in coordination with project leaders. Request and compile periodic progress reports from project teams. Assist Director in generating and providing reports to the sponsor.

Provide technical input to Center research teams in different thrust areas, projects, and institutions to synergistically and equitably connect diverse research projects and team members across the Center to increase research project and inclusive team integration. Identify and curate information regarding equipment, facilities, expertise, and other resources across the institutions to network with existing M-WET projects to increase their impact and accelerate progress. Maintain detailed technical understanding of M-WET projects to facilitate greater research integration and impact. Be technically cognizant of research external to M-WET relevant to M-WET research projects and raise awareness among M-WET researchers of significant external developments.

Document all project and funding decisions (e.g., rationale for project selection and resource distributions among Center PIs, expected deliverables, etc.). Ensure research objectives are being met. Disseminate guidance from funding agency to Center members to ensure compliance. Assist Director in generating and providing reports to the sponsor. Organize the annual call for Directors' Discretionary Projects, manage proposal submission process, and organize submitted proposals for evaluation.

Examine drafts of academic journal publications to review acknowledgements, authorship and manuscript scope relative to the Center (M-WET) goals. Organize logistics, together with the administrative staff, for the annual all-hands meeting and other recurring meetings, including setting agendas and recruiting presenters/speakers. Manage and produce content for the Center website and data repository. Assist the Center leadership in creating technical operating plans, including staffing plans and budget.

Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. in relevant science/engineering discipline (e.g. water purification technology, polymer science, membrane science, water/energy nexus or related fields) and at least 1 year experience working in water purification technology, polymer science, membrane science, water/energy nexus or related fields. Proven track record of managing collaborative research projects in a highly complex organization. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary environment.

Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of UT Austin systems and familiarity with sponsored federal research project record keeping and reporting requirements. Excellent organizational skills, effective time management skills, website maintenance skills, ability to work independently and creatively, strong problem solving skills.

Driving Required:

This job requires a class "C" operator's driver's license. The applicant selected must provide a current three year driving record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing).

Salary Range:
$125,000+ depending on qualifications

Working Conditions:

May work around chemicals and chemical fumes
May work around standard office conditions
Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
Use of manual dexterity
Occasional evening or weekend work likely.
Some travel, including on-site and off-site event coordination will be required

Required Materials:

3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left-hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled into your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

If interested, please apply:



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university's company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
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Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.

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