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The Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE) seeks to develop molecule/material hybrid photoelectrodes for cooperative sunlight-driven generation of liquid fuels from carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water.



The Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE, is seeking a Deputy Director for Management. CHASE is a multi-million-dollar Energy Innovation Hub funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and headquartered in the Chemistry Department at UNC Chapel Hill with research partners at Yale University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina State University, and Emory University.

The Managing Director will serve as a member of a three-person Directorate to lead CHASE’s multifaceted, complex and evolving research program. The Managing Director will work with the Center Executive Committee and Governance Board to manage the science, intellectual property portfolio, and forward-facing identity of the Center; manage Center activities with off-site participants; play the lead role in ensuring compliance with the Department of Energy (DOE) award; execute quarterly and annual reports; and work with Center participants to develop programs for Center technical meetings. The Managing Director will be responsible for continually assessing and implementing mechanisms for communication among Center entities to maximize collaborative interactions with the goal of accelerating scientific breakthroughs for the realization of liquid solar fuels. The Managing Director will lead the annual budgeting process of the $40M grant for the Center and manage Center finances, providing recommendations to the Faculty Directors on mechanisms for funding research activities.

This opportunity requires extremely strong organizational and interpersonal skills, leadership experience, and a commitment to diversity, inclusivity and collegiality. This position will function with substantial independence and requires scientific literacy, independent decision-making, financial management skills, and the ability to develop and manage internal and external communications for a large center.

Please apply at before 11/9/2021.


An advanced degree is required, preferably in Chemistry, a related scientific field, or business. For candidates demonstrating comparable professional-level background in sponsored research administration, a relevant undergraduate degree and 5 or more years of relevant experience will be accepted in substitution.

A minimum of five years of experience in managing a major Center or project. Familiarity with issues in renewable energy and solar energy conversion would be a plus. Multi-tasking, organizational, interpersonal and project management skills are essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to edit and compile materials from multiple sources and tailor information to various purposes required. Strong budgeting, spreadsheet, financial analysis, and computer proficiency (MS Office Suite) is required. Demonstrated ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment subject to frequent interruptions and changes in priorities. Knowledge of and experience in university business practices and systems is desirable.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.