GDNP UARC Executive Director

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Classification:Director (Academic-Faculty)
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Executive/Director/Management, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The newly formed Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at the UAF Geophysical Institute is seeking a new Executive Director. This person will manage and lead a dynamic, nimble organization at the intersection of geophysical nuclear nonproliferation research, development, and operations.


25Direct the activities of the Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) - Ensure timely execution of all WATC projects - Coordinate activities of WATC staff and faculty - Represent WATC during sponsor Program Management Reviews - Assist UARC Chief Scientist with coordinating scientific (RDT&E) links to operational (O&M) activities of WATC - Serve as a liaison between WATC and the GNDP UARCEssential
35Engage with GDNP UARC sponsors and customers: - Develop and manage new GDNP UARC Task Orders - Develop new UARC core competencies - Travel to domestic and international agencies to assess requirements - Assess GDNP UARC customer mission requirements (OASD(NCB), ODASD(TRAC), AFTAC, DTRA, NNSA) against GDNP UARC capabilities and capacity - Represent the GDNP UARC at national and international meetingsEssential
40Manage the activities of the GDNP UARC: - Ensure timely execution of UARC Task Orders - Coordinate activities of UARC staff and faculty - Develop UARC capabilities in anticipation of customer and sponsor requirements - Balance potential Task Orders with GDNP UARC capabilities and capacity - Regularly meet with GDNP UARC Chief Scientist and Contract Specialist - Keep abreast of scientific developments, expertise, and capabilities at the Geophysical Institute (i.e., attend research seminars, meet with faculty and staff, etc.) as they relate to GDNP UARC customer mission spaces - Facilitate educational support to the DoD workforce through development and training across the geophysical spectrumEssential

***Please note the following mandatory requirements: US citizenship; the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance (TS/SCI preferred); must meet sponsor “Key Personnel” requirements.***

The newly formed Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at the UAF Geophysical Institute is seeking a new Executive Director. This person will manage and lead a dynamic, nimble organization at the intersection of geophysical nuclear nonproliferation research, development, and operations.

This position will serve as the executive lead for the Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) ( at the UAF Geophysical Institute (GI). They will act as the primary “face of the organization” for customers and the sponsor, and work closely with the GDNP UARC Chief Scientist to maintain and expand the customer base and engage with sponsors and customers to meet evolving nuclear nonproliferation mission requirements. The GDNP is poised for growth and looks for a dynamic person to lead them into the future.


  • Familiarity (demonstrated through education and work experience) with one or more of the GDNP UARC core competencies and capabilities.

  • Theoretical and practical understanding of the techniques and technologies related to each of the following disciplines, from research and development of such techniques and technologies, to their implementation and operation around the world: nuclear treaty verification, geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), geophysical measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT).

  • Basic and applied geophysical research in the solid earth, atmosphere, cryosphere,
    oceans, unmanned aerial systems, and space.
  • Specialized facilities for geophysical RDT&E in acoustics, high-performance computation, data analysis, global fieldwork, instrumentation, monitoring, radionuclide sensing and analysis, remote sensing, seismology, signal processing, and volcanology.

  • Data collection from extreme field environments, full-scale seismic and acoustic modeling, atmospheric transport modeling, event forensics for yield estimation and characterization.


  • Doctoral (or another terminal) degree in at least one GDNP UARC core competency


  • A minimum of seven (7) years of senior-level leadership experience in academia, government, or industry; ten (10) years preferred.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of geophysical science, e.g., international recognition as an expert in their field, serving on professional editorial boards, officer (or another leadership role) in a professional society.

  • Leadership experience in an organization.

  • Relevant experience managing Government or Non-Governmental Organization grants and clients.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.  

Application  Process:

To apply for this position, please provide your CV/resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. The review of this posting will start on 2/3/2020, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. This posting will be closed once the position is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Non-Represented Staff (Probationary Period):

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Term Positions:

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2020, and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at

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The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included in UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at


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