Exec Director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center/Associate VP for Data Sciences
Old Dominion University invites applications for the position of Executive Director of the Virginia Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis Center (VMASC), who also will serve as Associate Vice President for Data Sciences in the Office of Research. ODU’s goal is to build on its longstanding M&S strengths to create a broad Data Sciences concentration, both at VMASC and across the university.
The university seeks a visionary leader with skills to manage and guide an internationally recognized center in Modeling & Simulation, as well as to help ODU coordinate and enhance its capabilities and opportunities in Data Sciences more generally. ODU and VMASC have unique regional opportunities in Data Sciences, with federal and state partners including Department of Defense commands, Jefferson National Laboratory, NASA-Langley, and the Port of Virginia, and private sector partners such as Newport News Shipbuilding.
The Executive Director/AVP will be expected to develop and implement a compelling, collaborative vision for VMASC and also for Data Sciences throughout ODU, forge and follow through on strategic partnerships, and interact collegially with academic and industry communities, military and other federal sponsors, municipalities, and state government agencies. The successful applicant will have an established, successful track record in her/his own Data Science research program that exceeds university criteria for the rank of tenured full professor or an advanced associate professor (as appropriate), and an equally distinguished track record in leadership and business development, including demonstrated success as PI for sponsored projects. Familiarity with simulation-based data science is required. A successful candidate also will have a clear, demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and inclusiveness. The Executive Director/AVP will be a tenured professor in the appropriate academic department. A Ph.D. in a data science field is required.
VMASC was established in 1997 to support research and development of new and improved modeling and simulation techniques, theory, and processes to help grow this expanding field. Originally focused on military modeling and simulation VMASC has leveraged that experience into addressing complex problems in multiple domain areas such as medical, transportation, education, business process engineering, human behavior representation and many others. Reporting to the Vice President for Research, VMASC currently employs 14 Ph.D. researchers, with a technical and administrative support staff of 16. Additional information can be found at https://www.odu.edu/vmasc.
ODU, located in the City of Norfolk in coastal Virginia, is a dynamic public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. ODU delivers top-quality education to populations in need and provides internationally-recognized research in areas of regional and national significance, such as coastal resilience and cybersecurity. With a number of key strengths in the region—including significant Department of Defense investment (the world’s largest naval base), ports of national, strategic importance (the largest deep water harbor on the East Coast), national labs (DOE and NASA), and tourism—ODU is capitalizing on its unique role as a central connection point by training the workforce, providing advanced research and engaging in meaningful community service to further the regional economy.
Applications should include a letter of interest that outlines a vision for VMASC and Data Sciences at ODU, a curriculum vita, statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for five professional references including email addresses and phone numbers. Review of applications will begin October 17, 2016 and the position will remain open until an appointment is made. Applications should be submitted electronically to https://jobs.odu.edu/
Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.