The following job opportunities are currently open. We encourage qualified individuals to apply and become a key member of the FREEDM team. Applicants may apply for any position through the NCSU Employment Opportunities website by searching for the position number related to each position listed below.

Industry Director

The FREEDM Systems Center is seeking high level individuals with a passion and motivation to engage with industry in the Smart Grid space. The Director of Industry for the FREEDM Systems Center is a high level position with the responsibility for developing activities to grow the membership, manage and provide member services, support the industrial advisory Board, create and manage innovation programs for Center students and faculty, manage the licensing and commercialization of Center developed intellectual property, coordinate industry conferences and events, and ensure that students and faculty engage fruitfully with industry members. The Industrial Liaison Officer is directly responsible for two of the most important core activities of the FREEDM Systems Center: Innovation and Industry Relations. Most importantly, the ILO has primary responsibility for managing all innovation activities: those that encourage the translation of FREEDM research into commercial use. This includes tracking the Center’s IP portfolio and helping members see the value of the research and conducting student activities to encourage entrepreneurship and innovative thinking. To support Industry Relations, the ILO will recruit industry members to FREEDM, support industry relationships, and ensure that members engage in a productive and mutually rewarding manner with FREEDM researchers and students. Success in the two primary activities is also expected to result in FREEDM being perceived as a global leader in its main research areas, as the center of a community of practice with which industry members prefer to engage. Also , this position creates and manages programs that enhance the engagement of industry members with students and faculty. This, in turn, will provide the basis for FREEDM’s sustainability beyond NSF support in 2018. The has to be successful at entrepreneurship and commercialization with companies ranging in a broad set of technical areas such as the electric power industry, power system controls, power electronics, renewable energy, energy storage, smart grid, communications and metering. Please go to the application page at to apply for this position.

Main duties and responsibilities are:

  • Manage all FREEDM communications with industry members and serving as main point of contact for the Center.
  • Report on program status to the Industrial Advisory Board. Serve as the FREEDM delegate to the NSF ILO Working Group and participate in its meetings.
  • Consult with FREEDM faculty and students on patent potential and commercialization of current and future research assets.
  • Serve as the Marketing Director for the Center, working collaboratively with the entire staff to establish clear and successful marketing plans and strategies.
  • Study market research and develop outreach campaigns to attract and engage strategically important industry partners. Identify and developing external contacts for commercialization of research.
  • Work with the Contracts and Grants Office at NC State University to manage, track and report on membership status, dues collection, and industry funded programs.
  • Work closely with the NC State University Office of Technology Transfer to manage the commercialization of IP assets.
  • Work closely with partner university offices of technology transfer to manage the commercialization of partner universities FREEDM related intellectual assets.
  • Bring entrepreneurs and investors to talk with employees and students.
  • Consult with FREEDM faculty and students on NCSU or partner university ­specific and general processes and policies for intellectual property protection and licensing.
  • Attend and present, industry meetings and conferences to grow and develop relationships with industry.
  • Develop information systems that track the Industry and Innovation program’s key success indicators.
  • Network with state and local economic development associations.