Associate Director of Emerging Contaminants Research

Job Type
Job Institution
Stony Brook University
Job Description

Associate Director of Emerging Contaminants Research

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
PhD (or foreign equivalent) in Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or related field. Five (5) years of full-time research experience and complex technical and/or managerial experience. Distinguished researcher, as evidenced by publications and/or have national and international recognition, as indicated by invitations to meetings or other distinctions. Minimum of one first-authored publication.

Preferred Qualifications:
Proven skills needed for the development and evaluation of novel methods for removing organic contaminants from water, particularly PFAS and 1,4-dioxane. Experience in assessment of byproduct formation pathways. Demonstrated skills in project management, inclusive of providing team leadership, working within a budget and achieving milestones in a timely fashion. Experience in the process of transitioning a technology from the research and development phase to commercialization. Private sector experience within the water treatment sector. Experience working with LCMS analysis or similar approaches. Strong analytical skills. Track record as a strong academic leader as evidenced by a strong peer-reviewed publication record.

Brief Description of Duties:
The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT) at Stony Brook University seeks to hire an Associate Director for Emerging Contaminants Research. The primary focus of the position is to address issues related to emerging contaminants in drinking water, especially but not limited to PFAS and 1,4-dioxane, and in the development and refinement of technologies optimal for the efficient treatment of these compounds. The Associate Director will lead multiple state funded research programs valued at more than $1M annually and will lead a lab equipped with a LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, multiple HPLC systems, a staff of multiple research technicians, a shared administrative assistant, and abundant lab space.

The successful incumbent will have excellent interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.

The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology was founded in 2015 to address emerging water quality issues in NYS. Our mission is to harness science to engineer clean water solutions for the protection of public health and the environment while promoting economic development in New York and beyond. For more information visit

Execute work plans associated with state-funded projects.

Attract external funding from federal, state, local, and philanthropic sources.

Advise and support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Publish novel research findings in top-flight peer reviewed journals.

Provide expert guidance to federal, state, and local officials regarding emerging contaminants.

Give compelling presentations at national and international conferences and local public meetings.

Other duties as assigned.

Special Notes:
The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. This is a full-time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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