Assistant Director, Spatiotemporal Innovation Center

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with experience.
Oct 09, 2019
Oct 21, 2019
Full Time
"Assistant Director, Spatiotemporal Innovation Center

The George Mason University, NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center (STC) in the Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science (GGS) invites applicants for the position of Assistant Director to be involved in the management and development of a nationally and internationally recognized research center on spatiotemporal methodologies, computing, and application. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities: The NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center ( has recently renewed Phase II after its first 5-year phase of successful operation. The vision for STC is to 1) improve human intelligence by developing a set of spatiotemporal thinking methodologies built into K-16 curriculum; 2) advance computer science with new spatiotemporal data structure, algorithms, software and tools; and 3) improve human capabilities in responding to grand scientific and engineering challenges. The successful candidate will play a major role in synchronizing research and education efforts within the STC, enhancing the development of transdisciplinary research and scholarship, and supporting STC members in efforts to grow the base of research support.

Project management: * Establish and implement a project management workflow to ensure submission of high-quality research outcomes on time, for both small projects as well as large interdisciplinary projects; and * Organize twice-a-year Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meetings, assist with development of proposal drafts, coordinate an internal review and feedback process, and draft and maintain supplementary documents.

Research administration: * Develop and maintain the STC budget, coordinate financial and research progress reporting; * Coordinate post-award support personnel across academic units; and * Work with STC faculty to coordinate and support interdisciplinary research and educational initiatives.

Outreach: * Facilitate efforts to increase the visibility of STC nationally and internationally by planning and implementing outreach strategies; * Developing and maintaining internal and external stakeholder relations; and * Generating content for the website and other publicity materials.

Team building: * Facilitate and host workshops, seminar series, research retreats, team-building events and open houses aimed at fostering a vibrant environment of research and scholarship in collaboration with STC members.

Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic and energetic individual who is comfortable working in highly interdisciplinary research settings, has high-level relationship building skills and excellent communication skills, and have experience developing and implementing research or support programs. Additionally: * A PhD related to the STC member disciplines; * Exceptional oral, written, interpersonal and organizational skills; * Significant demonstrated experience working in interdisciplinary teams and supporting team science; and * Experience in project management.

Preferred Qualifications: * Significant experience working in GIScience and computational sciences, e.g. spatial (cloud) computing, high performance computing, and big data; * Experience working with a range of stakeholders including industrial partners and community partners; * Experience with research proposal development; and * Experience working in an academic research.

For more information about GGS, visit us on the web at .

For more information about the College of Science, visit .


For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F225Az at; complete and submit the online application; and upload (1) a cover letter , (2) an up-to-date curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample and (4) the names of three professional references with their contact information, including e-mail addresses.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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