Director of the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (10001006)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The University of Mississippi (UM) Oxford campus is seeking an outstanding candidate to serve as Director of the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA).


Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs, the Director's scope of responsibilities includes: strategic planning and management of a multi-million dollar externally funded acoustics research program, representing the NCPA to internal and external stakeholders, facilitating a collegial and productive environment among the approximately 40 full time faculty, staff, and students, promoting collaborative research efforts between the laboratory and various UM academic departments, and overseeing the day to day operations of the lab. The incumbent is expected to maintain an active role as a leading scientist in a field that is central to the NCPA mission through the continued development of his/her own vigorous basic and/or applied research program.

Minimum Qualifications

An earned PhD in Physics, Engineering, Geophysical Sciences, or a related field, is required, as well as a documented history of research and leadership success in physical acoustics, demonstrated experience in leadership and administration, and a proven track record of generating external funding.


We welcome candidates with experience in the broad field of physical acoustics.


Current and emerging research thrusts at the NCPA include:


  • Infrasound

  • Applied acoustics

  • Geophysical acoustics and porous media 

  • Aeroacoustics

  • Ultrasonics

  • Structural Health Monitoring

  • Ocean acoustics

Special Instructions

Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense Security Clearance


Interested applicants will electronically attach a letter of interest stating how the applicant meets the qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the names, emails, addresses, and phone numbers of three references. The online application portal only allows for two document uploads, so please combine your curriculum vitae and information outlining your references in one document and a second document your Letter of Interest.


In your Letter of Interest, in addition to the minimum qualifications, please outline your experience in and/or plans for the following areas:


  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion within the center

  • Vision for the Center’s growth

  • Research in current and/or emerging area(s)

  • Evidence of mentorship and development of early career scientists


Applicants may be evaluated and considered for appointment and tenure in an appropriate academic department.  Salary and rank will be negotiable based on experience and qualifications. 


Any questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Greg Easson, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at

Commitment to Inclusion

The Division of Research and Sponsored Programs is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, as well as conducting searches for new hires that are accessible and equitable. If you have questions related to accessibility accommodations for your consideration in this search, please contact Elizabeth Mason at or directly reach out to the EORC office at

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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