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Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Center Director

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Permanent, full time
Closing date
Dec 28, 2022

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Lehigh University is seeking a senior level faculty member to become the Director of the Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center, effective Fall 2023.  

The ATLSS Center is an internationally-recognized research center focused on the performance of infrastructure, with emphasis on large-structural systems. The Center operates as a self-sustaining research center within Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, reporting to the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy.  ATLSS has performed funded research for the NSF, US DoT, US DoD, US DoE, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other government agencies, private companies, and industry-wide organizations. Large-scale experiments are an important feature of ATLSS, and its laboratories are an important national resource. 

The responsibilities of ATLSS Center Director include: providing broad leadership to envision and successfully pursue innovative new directions, building on the potential of ATLSS and its partners; building and maintaining relationships with external entities from government, industry, professional organizations, and academia; maintaining synergistic relationships with academic departments and interdisciplinary research institutes within Lehigh; providing support for research teams, as well as individual faculty and staff; pursuing a variety of research funding opportunities; being a champion in the professional and academic communities of all the research and education performed at ATLSS, and an advocate of the activities of the ATLSS faculty, students, and staff at Lehigh and in the world.  The ATLSS Center Director is also required to engage in teaching, in addition to building and leading a team of graduate students in research.

Applicants must have: a doctoral degree with a specialization in structural engineering or a closely related field; the rank of Professor or Associate Professor at a research university, or equivalent experience; demonstrated experience in leadership, including leading large, multi-disciplinary teams; a distinguished record of publication in highly-ranked journals in civil engineering, structural engineering, and/or infrastructure engineering; an outstanding record of funding from various sources; a record of effective teaching and mentoring; a strong record of service. Candidates with prior experience with large-scale structural testing are encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation's highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh University has some 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a research statement that describes a strategic vision for future research directions for ATLSS, as well as past contributions and future research directions (up to 2 pages); a leadership statement (1 page); a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement that describes prior DEI experience and a candidate’s vision for enhancing community and culture at Lehigh (1 page); a statement of teaching interests (1 page); and full contact details for 3 professional references. Applications should be submitted online at . Any inquiries regarding this search and the position should be directed to the Search Committee at

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering ( and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available at Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty



For nearly 140 years, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation's most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh’s four colleges – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science – provide opportunities to 6,500 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.

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