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Director, Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL) Atlanta, GA

The Sensors and Intelligent Systems Directorate (SISD) of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) seeks an experienced leader and strategic partner to serve as the Director of the Sensors, and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL). The new Director will provide visionary leadership and be a catalyst for building the research staff and collaborations across GTRI, the broader Institute, and beyond to grow areas of excellence and research for national impact.

SEAL is one of three labs comprising SISD and focuses primarily on the areas of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; air and missile defense; advance prototypes and field demonstrations; intelligence estimates and threat characterization; sensor system software engineering and architecture; antenna systems; and, advanced electronic warfare. Reporting to the SISD Director, the next SEAL Director will possess strong technical expertise, excellent program development skills, and outstanding leadership ability. The SEAL Director oversees five divisions, two program offices, and over 250 research faculty conducting Research and Development in SEAL's technical proficiency areas. The selected candidate will work closely with the SISD Director, other GTRI laboratories, Georgia Tech's academic schools and colleges, and external partners to execute world-class research programs. The Director will implement a strategic planning process to guide SEAL’s pursuit of technical programs, recruitment of key staff members, and execution of funded programs and investments in labs and infrastructure. The successful candidate will have expertise managing resources in a multi-tiered R&D organization, leading multidisciplinary teams, and developing and implementing strategic planning in support of national security objectives. A Master’s of Science in relevant engineering or science field is required; a PhD is preferred.

Founded in 1934, Georgia Tech Research Institute is the applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) which is nonprofit. GTRI develops advanced technology solutions and large-scale system prototypes to address the most difficult problems in national security, economic development, and the overall human condition. GTRI has rapidly grown to more than 2,600 employees supporting eight laboratories in over 20 locations around the country and performs more than $642 million in executed sponsored awards for problem-solving research annually for government and industry.

Jackie Mildner is leading this search with Karen McPhedran.


GTRI is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We strive to be and promote a family-friendly environment and recognize that supporting this culture, at times, includes assisting dual-career couples with employment needs.


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