Executive Director - CUbit Quantum Initiative

CU Boulder
Boulder, Colorado
We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
August 20 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder’s CUbit Quantum Initiative seeks to appoint a new Executive Director. Situated in Colorado’s growing Front Range, this is an outstanding opportunity to craft the future of quantum information science and engineering. We are a cross-campus effort that uses the university’s prominence while partnering with regional universities, national laboratories, and link closely with quantum-intensive companies. As a strategic priority of both the University of Colorado Boulder (CUB) and the U.S. government; you will play a meaningful role in the leadership of CUbit by setting its overall strategic direction, cultivating key external relationships, and facilitating the development of quantum discoveries and applications through research, education, and technology commercialization. The Executive Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.


What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be 

You will be charged with expanding the quantum research enterprise at CU Boulder through the leadership of interdisciplinary research; attracting external sponsors at the national, state, and local levels; accelerating the careers of CU faculty and researchers; and engaging key partners in long-term strategic planning.

Specific duties include:

  • Provide the vision and operational support to coordinate both internally among themselves and externally with industry, federal agencies, foundations, and collaborative bodies such as the Quantum Economic Development Consortium.
  • Lead and assist existing programs to expand their scope, impact, visibility, and funding.
  • Serve as a dynamic and effective advocate for campus-wide confederation, to university administration, to industry, and to officials at the state and federal levels.
  • Develop practical approaches to foster more interdisciplinary research and education between various avenues. These approaches include quantum seminar series, university-industry meetup hours, internships and fellowships, and a campus-wide website dedicated to quantum, internships, and fellowships, etc.

What We Require

  • Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, quantum information, or engineering. 

What You Will Need

  • Be a leading authority in quantum broadly, and have a demonstrated ability to maintain a respected research program.
  • Be a forward-thinking leader with proven leadership skills in academic, research institutions, and/or other professional settings with excellent communication abilities. 
  • Have a strong record of engagement with external constituents in government, industry, and private foundations, both nationally and internationally. 
  • Be enthusiastic with faculty, staff, students, government and industry partners, and promote collaborative efforts. 
  • Demonstrate involvement and/or expertise in leading multiple major academic, national laboratory, and/or industrial institutions in the conduct of research in quantum information science or engineering.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • At least 10 years’ experience in an academic/research setting.