Job ID: 224912

Assistant Dean for Research

Binghamton University

  • Nov. 2, 2023
  • Assistant Dean for Research
  • Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Binghamton University
    Binghamton, NY
  • Open until filled
  • Spring 2024
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Research

Assistant Dean for Research, Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science


Salary: up to $120,000 

The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University, one of the fastest growing engineering schools in the nation (with 2,000+ undergraduate students and 1,200+ graduate students), invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean for Research.  Watson College is home to nationally and internationally-recognized faculty scholars and has several affiliated research centers. These include the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC, a New York State Center for Advanced Technology), a DoD-sponsored Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing, an NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Energy Smart Electronic System, the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R)), Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE), and the Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP).

The Watson College is now poised to take a quantum leap to establish itself as a highly visible research-intensive college within a premier public university. We are seeking an Assistant Dean of Research to support the College in realizing this vision. The Assistant Dean will be a key member of the Dean's executive team and will support the Associate Dean of Research and the Dean in strategic planning, execution, and management of a number of high-impact research-related initiatives.

The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University stands committed to fostering a community that reflects our diverse society to ensure that its teaching, research, scholarship and outreach programs include and serve a wide range of individuals. We self-evaluate and self-critique our environment to recognize and mitigate power imbalances, improve our policies and programs and foster a culture of belonging. We strive for a community in which all backgrounds, contributions and perspectives are valued and respected.

Underpinning the technical, engineering and computer science expertise of Watson College faculty, staff, students and alumni is an understanding that diverse and inclusive groups maximize potential, innovation and impact. We therefore develop structures and opportunities that improve the experience of all students, especially those who are underrepresented in engineering and computer science. Watson faculty, staff and students assist in cultivating a community of members that are conscious of barriers to social mobility, exhibit and act on empathy and compassion, and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), both within the college and beyond. Together, we learn, educate, innovate and work toward a more just and inclusive future. We embrace and cultivate our diversity and thrive because of it.

The Watson College is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Historically underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Serve as a liaison between Watson College and Binghamton University Division of Research including the Office of Sponsored Research Programs and the Office of Strategic Research Initiatives
  • Review and approve Watson faculty and staff of grant and contract proposals
  • Support Watson faculty in pre and post award activities including startup funds management, questions on grant submissions, and resolution of operational challenges in grant related activities
  • Support in managing and scaling collaborative programs and projects with Watson College's strategic research partners including academic, industry, non-profit organizations; management of internal pilot grant programs
  • Support in establishing and managing cross-Watson research clusters and in the development of large funding proposals to federal and state governments, corporations and foundations
  • Support development and execution of data driven research growth strategy, productivity growth and research space optimization initiatives by performing various analysis of research and research related data
  • Support Watson level research advocacy and proposal development activities via the compilation of white papers and research briefs
  • Support research activities of Watson College students in programs such as the First-Year Research Immersion (FRI) program and graduate programs
  • Collaborate with offices within the Watson College and the University on Diversity Programs and Initiatives which recruits and retains faculty from underrepresented minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, and members of other protected classes


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

  • PhD in Engineering, Computer Science or in a closely related field
  • Accomplishments in research and scholarship as an individual and as a leader/active member in interdisciplinary research collaborations
  • Experience that demonstrates understanding and appreciation of technical research and scholarship broadly across the engineering and computing sciences
  • Administrative, management or related leadership experience, preferably in an academic setting
  • Strong technical writing and data analysis skills 
  • Knowledge of a variety of funding sources (government, corporate and private foundations)
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to be an effective team player in a diverse environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to the diversity of students, faculty and staff, and to advancing an inclusive diverse climate that stimulates excellence

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

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Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply via Interview Exchange:

Deadline for Internal Applicants:  October 26, 2023

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Please submit:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover letter
  3. Diversity statement that describes your experience and evidence of working with a diverse population, including first generation and individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and international populations and how these experiences would contribute to enhancing the diversity and climate of the college and university
  4. Contact information for three professional references

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Contact Information

  • Michele Hayes
    Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science
    Binghamton University
    4400 Vestal Parkway East
    Binghamton, NY 13902
  • 607-777-3768

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