Utah State University

Researcher Lead

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/1/2021 4:51 PM)
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Jon M Huntsman School of Business
Dean-Jon M Huntsman School of Bus
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


Direct the research activities of the Shingo Institute in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Assist the Shingo Institute in its mission of “improving the process of improvement.” The term for this position is contingent upon funding and may be extended.


  • Assist the Shingo Institute in its mission of “improving the process of improvement.”
  • Direct the research activities of the Shingo Institute, including, but not limited to:
    • Developing and facilitating the dissemination of practitioner-oriented research on best practices and state-of-the-art efforts in continuous improvement.
    • Utilizing the Shingo Institute’s Insight survey and data to identify and promote best practices.
    • Engaging with academic organizations to assist with the dissemination of academic research, and the application of research to curriculum.
    • Coordinating and promoting the research activities of Shingo Faculty Fellows.
  • Support the development of revenue streams of the Shingo Institute, including, but not limited to:
    • Education: Teach workshops, train and certify facilitators, and support the activities of the Shingo Licensed Affiliates.
    • Assessments: Assist in directing the assessment process. Serve as a Shingo examiner.
    • Events: Speak at Shingo conferences and other similar events, support study tours, present podcasts and webinars, etc.
  • Teach classes in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.


  • Master’s degree in related field required, PhD preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years industry experience in operational excellence and Lean continuous improvement.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with the Shingo Prize and Shingo Model™ required. Shingo Prize examiner, facilitator, and/or alumni preferred.
  • Experience in healthcare administration preferred but not required.
  • Job offer contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Teaching Philosophy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  3. Research Statement to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  4. Letters of Recommendation to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Shingo Institute is an executive education program in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The mission of the Institute is "to improve the process of improvement by conducting cutting edge research, providing relevant education, performing insightful organizational assessments, and recognizing organizations committed to achieving sustainable world-class results."


The Institute accomplishes this by educating individuals on the Shingo Model through its six workshops taught by Shingo Licensed Affiliates; administering the Shingo Prize, awarded to organizations that meet the assessment criteria; publishing articles and books based on the Shingo Model; and organizing events, such as conferences, webinars, podcasts, benchmarking visits, and study tours.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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