University of Oklahoma: Director, Advanced Radar Research Center


The University of Oklahoma is seeking an exceptional, dynamic leader to serve as Director of its Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC).

The ARRC builds upon a university, government and industry alliance that leads the world in the development, testing, operational deployment, and support of advanced weather radar systems. Through a recent strategic initiative, the ARRC has expanded capabilities in radar and other electromagnetic technologies, with applications in surface, airborne and space-based defense, security and intelligence. Principal capabilities of the ARRC include design/prototyping of both large and small, fixed and mobile radar systems; phased array technology; digital signal/array processing; automated algorithms; decision support tools; data assimilation; and end-user training. Multi-functional, dynamically adaptive radars are now being evaluated in the field and more than two-dozen radars are located across Oklahoma, including both operational and research systems for weather, air surveillance, and security applications. The ARRC currently consists of 16 faculty members, 16 post-doctoral scientists, 7 staff members, and over 60 graduate students, across the disciplines of engineering and meteorology.

In support of our highly regarded programs in radar remote sensing and related fields, the University of Oklahoma opened its state-of-the-art Radar Innovations Laboratory (RIL) in March 2014. Located adjacent to the National Weather Center on the OU Research Campus, the RIL will be the new hub of ARRC operations. The 36,000-square-foot, $15 million RIL will provide world-class facilities to move ideas for next-generation radar, microwave electronics and related technologies from conception through research, development and full prototyping. The facility features a full suite of microwave measurement equipment and two anechoic chambers enabling far-field, near-field, and radar cross-section measurements, down to 300 MHz. The lab will serve both the research and educational missions of the University by providing a hands-on, active learning environment for OU students.

The Association of University Research Parks named OU's Research Campus the 2013 Outstanding Research Park. The Research Campus hosts the National Weather Center (NWC), one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world, housing twelve University of Oklahoma, state, and federal organizations with more than 650 faculty, researchers, support staff, and students. The NWC includes NOAA's National Weather Service Forecast Office, Storm Prediction Center, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Radar Operations Center, OU-NOAA Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, and School of Meteorology. The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is housed nearby in the new Devon Energy Hall.

The ARRC Director provides intellectual leadership in a multidisciplinary environment. The Director works in collaboration with private industry and federal agencies and carries out a vigorous program of teaching, research, and service that attracts exceptional students and prepares them to become future leaders in the development and application of advanced radar technologies. The ARRC Director reports to the Executive Board, consisting of the Dean of the College of Engineering, the Dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, and the Vice President for Research. The successful applicant must be an internationally recognized scholar with a science or engineering doctoral degree and an outstanding record of professional achievement, commensurate with appointment to a tenured position at the Associate or Full Professor level within the School of Meteorology (College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences) or the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering). Demonstrated ability of working collaboratively with private industry and eligibility to obtain a security clearance are highly desired.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest including a statement of research goals and teaching vision, current curriculum vitae, and the names of four or more people who can serve as references (with full mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone, and FAX numbers). Screening of applications will begin on 15 Sept. 2014 and will continue until the position has been filled. Please address all correspondence to the two Co-Chairs of the Search Committee:

Dean Thomas Landers
AT&T Chair
College of Engineering
University of Oklahoma
202 W. Boyd Street CEC 107
Norman, OK 73019
PH: 405-325-2621
FAX: 325-7508

Dean Berrien Moore
Vice President for Weather and Climate
College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
University of Oklahoma
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
Norman, OK 73072
PH: 405-325-3095
FAX: 405-325-1180


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