Auburn, Alabama

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Managing Director of Retail, RFID Lab

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Job Description Summary

The Auburn University RFID Laboratory, which is affiliated with multiple colleges on campus, invites applications for the Managing Director of Retail, RFID Lab. This position will be a non-tenure track position within at the rank of Professor of Practice.

The Auburn University RFID Lab is a proven leader in RFID research and technology application. The lab collaborates with partners to develop specialized technologies designed to enhance RFID and serialized identification sensor capabilities and improve data capture systems in a variety of technology fields, and researches and promotes the business case and value of adoption in Retail operations and supply chain.

Duties and Responsibilities

In general, the director will oversee and manage the daily operations of the Retail ID Laboratory which is engaged in planning and performing analyses and tests required for research, development, and/or quality control. Additionally, full supervisory responsibility for other employees is a major part of the position and includes training, evaluating, and recommending promotion and similar types of employment decisions. Specifically, the key duties and responsibilities related to this opportunity include:
  • Plans and oversees the daily operations of the lab to meet schedules, standard procedures, records keeping and reporting requirements. Manages the design and planning of experiments, tests, and laboratory sequences; manages lab testing systems, and retention and presentation of lab data. Ensures lab testing and reporting consistencies are maintained with the large research datasets.
  • Schedules and conducts specialized formal tours of the laboratory to foster relationships for potential funded research. Schedules events and activities, such as advisory board meetings and large conference events.
  • Oversees and coordinates day-to-day activities associated with financial responsibilities, ordering supplies, p-card reconciliations, vendor reimbursements, and journal vouchers.
  • Manages lab researchers to include schedule development, timekeeping activities, instructing and training students on the safe and proper use of the lab and associated equipment.
  • Assist in Sponsored Project coordination and grant management, support development officers with external partner activities, visits, and events for the Retail ID Lab and University fundraising purposes.
  • Generates new research project concepts and oversees and participates in faculty and industry research projects.
  • Recruits outside corporate and public partners and research funding for the Retail ID Lab Board of Advisors.
  • Schedules and conducts meetings and activities for the Retail ID Lab Board of Advisors.
  • Manages the Retail ID Lab budget and generates revenue for the full lab budget under a soft funding model.
  • Travel for recruiting, events, and research as necessary.

  • The Auburn Family values tradition, yet eagerly prepares for the future. Rooted in more than 160 years of tradition, Auburn University occupies 1,841 acres and is the academic home to more than 30,000 students. Auburn's commitment to active student engagement, professional success, and public/private partnerships garners a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health, and societal impact. The University's alumni have enjoyed success in myriad fields.

    Auburn, Alabama is a vibrant and thriving college town and community. Southern Living recently recognized the city of Auburn as one of the top small towns in the South and Money magazine named Auburn as the best place to live in Alabama. Known as the 'Loveliest Village on the Plains,' Auburn offers a high quality of life including a vibrant cultural scene at the new Gogue Performing Arts Center, SEC sports throughout the academic year, an outstanding K-12 school system, general and concierge healthcare options, and an exceptional veterinary school for pet care. Chewacla State Park, just five miles from campus, offers camping, hiking, and mountain biking, as well as swimming and boating opportunities. The Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is only 90 miles away, with multiple shuttle service options to/from Auburn daily. Birmingham is a similar drive to the north and Montgomery, the state capital, is only 50 minutes southwest of Auburn. Beaches or mountains, whichever you prefer, are only a 3- 4 hour drive. Click here for more information on Auburn. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. Click here for more information.

    Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer.

    Minimum Qualifications
    • Successful candidates will have significant professional experience and expertise in RFID and identification technologies and familiarity with retail applications of the technologies.
    • A proven dedication to managing projects and mentoring employees along with a demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with multiple constituents is highly desirable.
    • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required at the time employment begins.
    • The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.
    • We encourage applications from all candidates whose interests align with the mission and vision of the RFID Laboratory.

    Desired Qualifications

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and contact information of three references to the job posting at:

    Review of application materials will begin in full on April 18, 2022 and applications will continue to be accepted until a qualified candidate is recommended for appointment.

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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    Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.

    Today, Auburn is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university. Our fall 2014 semester enrollment was 25,912. Our students can choose from more than 140 degree options in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.

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