Director of the Nick Holonyak Jr. Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory

The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks a new Director for the Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory who possesses broad intellectual insights, top-tier scholarly credentials, and the leadership and managerial capacity to actualize a bold vision for its future.

The Nick Holonyak Jr. Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (HMNTL) is a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research facility. The laboratory currently contains 54,700 net square feet of assignable research space, including an 8,600 square foot Class 100 and Class 1000 clean room, and a 2,745 square foot lab complex designed for Bionanotechnology research. HMNTL supports the research projects of over 65 faculty members and over 275 graduate students across campus. Faculty and students affiliated with the laboratory conduct research in thrusts that include Optoelectronics & Nanophotonics, Micro & Nanoelectronics, Nanomedicine & Bionanotechnology, and M/NEMS & Integrated Systems. For more information on the HMNTL, including a full range of facilities, advanced fabrication tools, and extensive computing facilities, please visit

The Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory has a strong historical legacy that stretches back to the era in which John Bardeen established semiconductor research on the Illinois campus, and Nick Holonyak’s foundational work on semiconductor lasers and LEDs. The unique combination of in-house fabrication facilities and culture of multidisciplinary collaborative research enables the highest world-class level of impact that spans from ultra-high-speed electronic and photonic devices, wireless and optical communications, energy-efficient lighting systems, quantum computing, biosensors, fundamental life science research, translational clinical practice, and many others.

The Director is a tenured, full Professor reporting to the Dean of The Grainger College of Engineering. Applicants must possess an earned doctorate in a relevant field, as well as demonstrate a scholarly record commensurate with tenured full Professor status in The Grainger College of Engineering. A proven record of accomplishments in science and engineering research, teaching, and leadership – within the context of academia, industry or government environments – as well as a substantial record of acquiring support for research and administering research programs is essential. The ideal candidate will have direct and deep experience with research that requires clean rooms, and broad knowledge of microelectronics labs, equipment and funding models.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The successful candidate will:

  • shape the vision and capabilities of the Laboratory;
  • coordinate and lead large-scale, interdisciplinary research programs involving multiple faculty;
  • support the recruitment and success of high-caliber faculty and encourage and enrich their excellence in scholarship and education;
  • steward and advance cutting-edge equipment and research capabilities in accordance with a compelling strategic plan and research vision;
  • demonstrate leadership in collegiality, fairness, and diversity, and work with faculty and staff to promote these values throughout the Laboratory;
  • leverage existing, and foster new, long-term relationships with industry and other private and public sector organizations to maintain the HMNTL as a leader in cutting-edge research partnerships;
  • direct the Laboratory’s advancement efforts and establish strategic engagement and partnerships with foundations and private institutions that share the Laboratory’s passion and vision of excellence; and
  • provide primary oversight for the annual budget and administrative affairs and serve as the principal spokesperson for the for the Laboratory.

The Director appointment carries a 12-month administrative stipend for full-time effort that is accompanied by a full-time, tenured faculty appointment with full University benefits. The desired start date for this position is summer 2022.  Additional information about this position, including a Leadership Profile can be found at

To apply for this position, candidates should provide a curriculum vita, a cover letter articulating a vision for this position, a statement on commitment to diversity, and names and contact information for three references. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2021; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.

The University has retained WittKieffer, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Nominations and inquiries be submitted electronically to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, John K. Thornburgh and Suzanne Teer, at [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibilityThe University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff ( affairs/work-life-balance/).

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