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UAS Research Director
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 05/19/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Salary $100K - $125K -  
Employment Type Faculty-Non-Tenured,
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number:



Assistant Research Scientist

Functional Title:

UAS Research Director

Category Status:

03-Faculty-Non-Tenured,Term Contr

Applicant Search Category:



ENGR-Aerospace UAS Test Site

Hiring Range Minimum:


Hiring Range Maximum:


Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position is located at the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, located at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, California, MD.
The UAS Research Director will drive the research agenda internal to the UMD UAS Test Site, as well as advise external researchers and research projects. The Director will work as part of the test site team to ensure research requirements are clear, and that equipment and personnel capabilities are in place to satisfy cutting edge UAS enquiry. The Research Director will support the higher education goals of the University, including academic programs, internships, co-ops, and Masters and Doctoral candidates. This position will also tie directly into the autonomous technologies research being established at the MATRIX Lab in the SMART building of the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland campus, as a precursor for future research teams. The goal is to establish and maintain the Test Site and its associated research as a world-class program that attracts leading researchers, students and funding organizations. The establishment of a “skunk works” mentality and structure is a desired outcome.
The UAS Research Director will report to the Director of the UAS Test Site, and will also coordinate their efforts with the Clark School of Engineering Aerospace Department Chair and the Director of the Maryland Robotics Center. No personnel will report to the Research Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates for this position will have:
1.     a doctoral degree relevant to a UAS and/or autonomy related field;
2.     post-doctoral experience is desired and a history of extramural funding is required;
3.     evidence of a sustainable and focused research program and a strong publication record;
4.     established relationships with industry, government, academic and/or science foundation partners, and;
5.     a strong capability for building an externally funded research program.  
6.     Due to ITAR equipment use, applicant must be a US citizen. 
7.     Possession or the ability to obtain a security clearance is required.


Evidence of teaching, advising, and mentorship experience is desirable

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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