New Mexico State University — Director of the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center


New Mexico State University (NMSU) invites confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Director of the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center (CEMRC). The Director of this research and monitoring facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico, reports to Dr. Lakshmi Reddi, Ph.D., P.E., Dean of the College of Engineering, based at the NMSU campus in Las Cruces. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced laboratory director to provide executive leadership and vision for an independent, federally funded research facility affiliated with a public university.

A working facility in environmental protection – with the authority and autonomy to hold government accountable – CEMRC is fully funded, by federal regulation, at least until 2050. This is a stable position with opportunities for growth, particularly given the strength of NMSU's Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, including the nuclear chemical engineering minor. The location of CEMRC in southeast New Mexico offers other advantages, as the Permian Basin is known for its prominent work in oil, gas, and nuclear industries, and CEMRC can expand its visibility as part of this strong regional reputation.

The Director must be someone who understands well the technical and scientific aspects of environmental research and monitoring; is experienced in laboratory, fiscal, and personnel management; excels in the public role of communicating with the Carlsbad community and beyond about CEMRC findings; and looks for opportunities to promote the CEMRC and further enhance its visibility, resources, and reputation.

Academic Search, Inc., is assisting New Mexico State University in the screening and selection process for the next CEMRC Director. Although the start date is negotiable, the position is available by the end of 2021.

The deadline for applications is September 10, 2021. For details about the position, qualifications, and expectations for the CEMRC Director, please see the full position profile available through this link. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest must be submitted electronically, in confidence, to