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Research Director

Date: Jan 19, 2022

Location: Shelton, CT, US, 06484-4300

Company: Hubbell Incorporated

Corporate Overview

Hubbell Incorporated was founded in 1888 and has grown into an international manufacturer of quality electrical, lighting and power solutions with more than 75 brands used and recognized around the world. Our founder, Harvey Hubbell, developed tooling and equipment to serve the growing demand for new assembly and manufacturing machinery during the industrial revolution. An early, and one of many patents awarded, came for the creation of the first practical method to control electricity through the pull chain socket that remains unchanged today. As a market leader in reliable, electrical solutions, we provide more than half a million products delivered through our various business groups. Hubbell is committed to continually innovating solutions that work, transforming old products with new ideas, and ensuring that we Energize, Enlighten and Empower the communities that support us.

Position Overview

Hubbell Research is responsible for conceiving of, maturing, and demonstrating novel technologies to be used throughout Hubbell’s extensive product line. We are conducting research in sensors, controls, communications, analytics (including machine learning and AI), and electronic and electro-mechanical devices.  This requires extremely talented, highly motivated, and productive researchers with both breadth and depth of expertise across a variety of fields in electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, physics, and mathematics. 

The Research Director leads research in one of sensors, controls, communications, analytics, and devices.  This includes working with business leaders and technologists throughout Hubbell to set a long-term research strategy and overseeing the execution of that strategy.  Qualified candidates will have a record of outstanding research in a relevant field, managerial and technical leadership experience, as well as excellent critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for establishing and executing the research strategy for one of Hubbell’s five technology focus areas (sensors, controls, communications, analytics, or devices).  Build a long-term technology development roadmap for that focus area and advocate for and oversee its execution.
  • Work with business leaders and technologists throughout Hubbell to identify promising technologies.  Plan a new technology initiative (NTI) to mature the technology and quantify the cost and risk.  Propose NTI to senior management as a tradeoff between market opportunity and risk.
  • Ensure quality research by selecting appropriate members of the research staff as contributors to the NTI.  Set milestones and track and report on progress periodically.  Manage delays and disruptions.  Set documentation requirements for completion and manage peer review. 
  • Cogently communicate research results to stakeholders within Hubbell technology, product, and financial organization. Place results within the context of the greater research roadmap and strategy. Advise as to follow-on research required.
  • Oversee technology transfer for successful research.  Ensure timely integration of technology into product line throughout the NPD process by working with project and technical leads.  Manage research staff during technology transition.
  • Additonal duties as assigned

Skills and Experience

  • 10 or more years experience in industrial or academic research
  • 10 or more years experience leading technology development teams
  • Publication and/or patent record demonstrating significant technical depth and experience
  • Ability to think strategically about research in an industrial setting
  • Experience planning and executing research projects
  • Outstanding critical thinking skills
  • A penchant for thinking creatively about problems with no known solutions
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex technical issues to a breadth of audiences




  • M.S. (Ph.D. preferred) in electrical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, or a related field.  Must have completed a thesis.


Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering


Hubbell Incorporated, its subsidiaries and affiliates, is an EO Employer AA: M/F/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class.

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