Director of Research, Novel Materials
Company: UL LLC
Location: League City
Posted on: November 26, 2022
At UL, we know why we come to work.
The Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI), of
Underwriters Laboratories Research Institutes, is recruiting a
Director of Research, Novel Materials that will lead the
development of Novel Materials research agendas, implementation of
programs, oversight of laboratory operations, and communication of
research findings through publications, presentations, and various
organizational and educational tools. The Director of Research
reports to ESRI's VP and Executive Director and works closely with
other leaders and colleagues across the research organization to
advance the growth strategy of the institute. ESRI is one of the
safety science research institutes of UL Research Institutes.
The Director of Research reports to ESRI's VP and Executive
Director and works closely with other leaders and colleagues across
the research organization to advance the growth strategy of the
institute. ESRI is one of the safety science research institutes of
UL Research Institutes.
At Underwriters Laboratories, we wake up every day with a common
purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable
place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and
passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in
knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society,
and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity,
collaboration, inclusion and excellence. Underwriters Laboratories
stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are
continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and
positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!
What you'll learn & achieve:
- Lead and develop research agenda for novel materials and new
energy forms based on existing and emerging -energy storage
technologies, execute research, and communicate findings.
- Hire, lead, and develop a team of high-performing scientists
and engineers to deliver results in collaboration with leaders and
- Work to establish world-class energy storage capabilities
within ESRI to enable impactful research contributions towards
global challenges focused on sustainability and safety.
- Establish partnerships with academia, government and other
public health institutes to develop research agenda, conduct
research, and communicate for broad amplification of research
findings and applications for positive environmental
- Manage and direct ongoing daily research and growth of research
and laboratory capabilities needed to support research.
- Develop budgets as required for research initiatives,
laboratory needs, and communication and education
- Serve as technical lead to promote ESRI's research and the UL
Research Institutes organization through participation on expert
panels, speaking engagements, stakeholder events, and external and
- Collaborate with research leadership, finance, strategy, human
resources, and other functions to streamline, enhance, and support
strategic planning and the annual budget processes, including
identifying and prioritizing short and long-term goals and
initiatives, outcomes, resource requirements, and performance
- Participate and contribute to other department specific and
UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the
safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November
1, 2021, -the company mandates that employees are vaccinated
against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where
prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required
by law. -
What makes you a great fit:
- Expert knowledge in novel materials, materials synthesis,
energy storage, battery storage and energy technologies.
- Problem solving skills with the ability to identify root
causes, develop practical solutions, and work in collaboration with
colleagues across the organization to address strategic,
operational, and any other roadblocks to success.
- Leadership, initiative, and influence skills to create
alignment and buy-in with multiple stakeholders and deliver results
in a matrix organization.
- Positive and collaborative attitude and interpersonal skills to
work effectively with leaders and colleagues across the
- Engaging and approachable leadership style to lead and develop
a high performing team, setting high standards and accountability
for process and results.
- High degree of curiosity to learn about the mission and impact
of the organization and its areas of specialization.
- Excellent written and oral communication and presentation
skills, with enthusiasm to engage leaders, employees, and other
stakeholders with the mission and goals of the
- Ability to operate at a strategic and operational level,
including attention to detail, focus on quality, speed, and
outcomes, and willingness to both lead the work and
- Proficiency in MS Office is required. Advanced skills in Excel
and PowerPoint, and knowledge of analytical tools and databases are
Experience and Education Requirements
- Advanced degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical
Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent required plus
preferably at least 10 years of post-graduate experience with
proven research and publication experience.
- Experience in consulting, industry, or academic research with
proven results in generating research plans and dissemination of
results through delivering technical presentations and peer
reviewed scientific journal publications.
- Experience leading scientific research teams, developing
strategy, and executing plans.
What you'll experience working at UL:
- Mission: For -Underwriters Laboratories, corporate and social
responsibility isn't new. Making the world a safer, more secure and
sustainable place has been our business model for the last 127
years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
- People: Ask any -Underwriters Laboratories -employee what they
love most about working here, and you'll almost always hear, "the
people." Going beyond what is possible is the standard at
-Underwriters Laboratories. We're able to deliver the best because
we employ the best.
- Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we
eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers' create.
We're inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how
people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles,
you will get international experience working with colleagues
around the world.
- Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted
development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very
own UL University that offers extensive training programs for
employees at all stages, including a technical training track for
- Total Rewards: All employees at -Underwriters Laboratories -are
eligible for bonus compensation. -Underwriters Laboratories -offers
a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay.
Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement
saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We
provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings
Accounts that -Underwriters Laboratories -contributes to twice per
year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on
flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid
time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to advancing safety science research through the
discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct
rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene
experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety
education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to
guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster
communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for
neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs
collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and
stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving
safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal
Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Inc., advances our shared public
safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of
standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., which
conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides
training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting
and decision-making tools for customers around the world.
To learn more, visit -UL.org.
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