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Director, Advanced Concepts Laboratory - ACL 1413

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Atlanta, GA
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Title: Director, Advanced Concepts Laboratory - ACL 1413
JobID: 1413
Location: Atlanta, GA


Director, Advanced Concepts Laboratory - PVA ACL 1413


The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) seeks a highly accomplished researcher and nationally recognized leader to direct GTRI’s Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL).  The Laboratory Director reports directly to the GTRI Director’s Office and has overall responsibility to plan, oversee, and manage laboratory research programs and operations, primarily focused in the electromagnetic sensors and systems technology area.

The Director will have the following primary responsibilities:

  1. Plan and execute strategic research initiatives and business plans to capture sponsored research in electromagnetic sensors and systems and related research areas applied to advanced military capabilities, such as next-generation aircraft technology, future electronic warfare capability, and novel antenna concepts;  identify new funding initiatives and opportunities; cultivate and create strategic alliances with external sponsors; and assist and advise researchers with proposal development and submission as funding opportunities arise;
  2. Manage and sustain ACL’s research enterprise, consisting of more than 115 scientists, engineers, and support staff;
  3. Promote ACL’s mission and capabilities to government and industry research sponsors, academic colleagues and peers, government officials and policymakers, and across the Georgia Tech enterprise.

Significant prior leadership experience is required.  Candidates must possess excellent communication skills and have a strong background facilitating dialogue, collaboration and partnerships between research personnel and government/industry stakeholders.


  • Research and Technology Development Leadership
    • Lead technology development for advanced electromagnetic sensors and systems (e.g., wideband RF antennas, new EO/IR concepts, protection technologies for next-generation aircraft, advanced sensors for ISR, novel electronic warfare systems, new electromagnetic materials, modeling and simulation supporting technology assessment and concept development, phenomenology measurements and modeling, counter-proliferation technologies, etc.);
    • Maintain constant awareness of national defense and industry environment relative to electromagnetic sensors and systems needs;
    • Maintain and grow capability to understand and model electromagnetic sensors and other relevant systems in support of multiple application areas;
    • Coordinate direction and strategy for ACL with the GTRI Director’s Office; develop annual strategic plans and other Lab-level plans and documents.
  • Sponsor Engagement Leadership
    • Engage personally with key DoD and Intelligence Community sponsor communities on program development;
    • Maintain awareness and understanding of emerging concepts and needs of primary defense mission areas requiring next-generation technology involving new sensors, system protection, phenomenology measurements and exploitation, and capability assessment and analysis of alternatives;
    • Maintain contracting vehicles to support ACL research programs;
    • Develop and execute proposal strategy, proposal review, and bid/no-bid decisions.
  • Laboratory Operations Leadership
    • Plan and organize lab operations with support from associate director and staff;
    • Oversee ACL facilities, including office assignments, facilities improvements decisions, space usage decisions, equipment, and overhead budgets;
    • Support and enhance innovation across the ACL technical team;
    • Recruit new research staff;
    • Communicate and enforce GTRI and lab policies to ACL staff.
  • GTRI Management Council Leadership
    • Actively support research initiatives across GTRI through ACL competencies in electromagnetic sensors and systems, M&S, and visualization;
    • Actively engage in directorate-level and GTRI-level leadership functions, such as program development meetings, execution meetings, innovation meetings, Leadership Council, Management Council and ad-hoc committees.



PhD in science or engineering preferred, Master’s degree or higher required.


Must be eligible for Top Secret, SCI/SAP clearances.


  • Impeccable integrity
  • Leadership competencies
  • Clear and open communicator; strong communications skills
  • Effective, collaborative team builder
  • Capable of influencing outcomes when one or more key parameters are not in direct personal control
  • Sound technical and business judgment
  • Professional discretion with confidential information
  • Decisive
  • Responsive
  • Multi-task ability
  • Diplomatic skills


  • Strong track record of research or applied engineering accomplishments
  • Leadership of complex research organizations with significant government contracts
  • Successful development and execution of strategic plans resulting in growth of research businesses
  • Successful operational execution of research in alignment with strategic objectives
  • Research project/program management
  • Resource management/budget oversight
  • Familiarity and experience in conflict resolution via open dialogue
  • High-level management in military, industry or government laboratory positions
  • Supervision of professional staff in an expert culture
  • Significant experience leading and executing classified research efforts at multiple levels, but primarily in the special programs area

Interested candidates should complete the following steps:

  • Apply to the online job posting at Director, Advanced Concepts Lab.
    • You will be asked to create a profile, if you have not done so already, and upload your current resume/CV during the application process.
    • Please also upload a separate statement of interest under the additional documents section.
  • If you experience any problems with your online application, please contact Connie Masters at

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