Principal Research Scientist/Executive Director

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 23, 2021
Aug 23, 2021
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Principal Research Scientist/Executive Director

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, MA



The MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s (CEE) Concrete Sustainability Hub (MIT CSHub) seeks a principal research scientist/executive director to lead a diverse group with expertise spanning the fields of science, engineering, and economics. 

 This position will develop and implement a strategic vision to enhance sustainability and resilience in the concrete industry, including promoting innovation and ensuring maximum impact of CSHub products; and help advance industry research and the development of quantitative sustainability and resilience solutions using an array of advanced techniques, including crowdsourced data acquisition and analytics, deep learning, large-scale modern simulation approaches, and multiscale experimental techniques. Will lead these team efforts and develop—with faculty and industry partners—strategic goals, roadmaps, research, educational initiatives, and implementation portfolios and methods for achieving them. Other responsibilities include research direction, resource management, fostering student engagement and advising, and creating communication and outreach strategies that broaden CSHub’s impact and convey its research to key audiences.



Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in materials- and structures-related science or engineering field.
  • Track record of scholarly activity in the area of mechanics and materials.
  • Five years’ related experience in academia/industry and record of scholarship and/or industry leadership, preferably in materials science and engineering, sustainability, resilience, industrial ecology, or similar field.
  • Experience managing research teams in academia/industry.
  • Proven consulting skills.
  • Ability to coordinate, manage, and conduct research within the CSHub and CEE and MIT communities.
  • Strong record of publications and presentations at scientific meetings and impact on the international research community.
  • Ability to manage multiple objectives/tasks and meet competing deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Engineering background in research and/or design.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Work experience with large academic-industry projects.
  • Ability to interact effectively with research sponsors, media, etc.



Interested candidates may apply on-line at  Please reference job number 19865.


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