Job Details

Washington State University
  • Position Number: 4988910
  • Location: Richland, WA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry


Open Faculty Search Institute for Northwest Energy Futures (INEF)

Available Title(s):
270-NN_FACULTY - Assistant Professor, 280-NN_FACULTY - Associate Professor

Business Title:
Open Faculty Search | Institute for Northwest Energy Futures (INEF)

Employee Type:
Faculty

Time Type:
Full time

Position Term:
9 Month

Position Details:
DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The Washington State University's Tri-Cities campus (WSU Tri-Cities) is recruiting four outstanding tenure track faculty at the assistant or associate professor rank to join the newly established Institute for Northwest Energy Futures (INEF). INEF is an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to harnessing expertise across the WSU system and collaborating with research partners, including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), to address the increasing demands for resilient, affordable, and low-carbon electricity and transportation fuels in the Pacific Northwest region. The cluster hire includes an institute director and four faculty to be located at WSU Tri-Cities and three faculty to be located on WSU's Pullman campus, which is advertised separately. Establishing this cross-campus connection will enable the INEF to deploy the full resources of the WSU system, fostering collaboration and innovation.

We are searching for highly talented faculty whose transformative research and teaching will propel WSU to become a leader in clean energy research and education. We encourage scholars from diverse backgrounds, including engineering, social sciences, economics, data science, and natural sciences, to apply. Faculty appointed to these positions will hold a tenure-track appointment in an appropriate academic department, with teaching, research and service responsibilities shared between INEF and the respective department. Successful candidates will address critical research in clean and sustainable energy development, contribute to teaching and mentoring of students, and participate in outreach efforts. We envision the cluster will work at the intersections of academic units to build interdisciplinary and dynamic programming. We seek candidates in the following areas:

  • Life cycle assessment to evaluate the environmental impact of clean energies from raw material extraction and manufacturing to installation, operation, maintenance, and end-of-life disposal or recycling.
  • Techno-economic analysis to assess economic feasibility and risks of clean energy and sustainability.
  • Energy data analytics to predict energy demand, improve distribution, and understand customer consumption patterns using big data and machine learning techniques.
  • Social and environmental equity analysis to assess social impacts of clean energy and sustainability programs and policies to help bring more sustainable and socially equitable results.


ABOUT INEF

INEF, a new research center located on the WSU Tri-Cities campus, is dedicated to advancing research and education in clean energy and sustainability. By conducting innovative research, engaging with industry and the community, and supporting workforce development, the institute has the potential to make a significant contribution to the region's energy future and the broader goals of reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable energy systems. The institute will serve to bridge the gap between science and policy through its interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to researching and analyzing clean energy transition plans for policy makers and industry and communication of those plans to consumers. The institute is currently developing industry partnerships for energy systems research and fostering community discussions for policy development at the state and national levels. It is also developing curriculum to support future workforce needs across various energy sectors.

ABOUT WSU Tri-Cities

Washington State University Tri-Cities represents an ideal geographical nexus for creating a reimagined energy system. Rich in clean energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear, the Mid-Columbia region is also home to the considerable scientific expertise of WSU and PNNL and their jointly operated Bioproducts Institute. WSU and PNNL have similar collaborations in nuclear sciences and bioproducts, including the long-running Bioproducts Sciences and Engineering Laboratory on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. These assets collectively provide a unique opportunity for partnerships on research and development and scalability testing with systems integration, all while having access to a ready workforce.

WSU Tri-Cities is committed to creating a student-ready campus, marked by academic excellence, career-connected learning, and social belonging. This commitment is informed by our belief that all students, faculty, and staff contribute value to our campus culture. We ascribe to an assets-based framework for understanding and celebrating difference and are deeply committed to closing equity gaps where they exist. We are proud that almost half of our students are the first in their family to attend college and almost half of our students identify as students of color. We believe that this diversity is a great strength in the classroom and across the many co-curricular activities in which WSU Tri-Cities students participate and lead.

SALARY

The appointment is anticipated at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in an academic unit appropriate to the area of expertise. Additional summer teaching appointments are also possible. The full salary range for this position is $95,000 - $130,000 per 9-month appointment. Appointment and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is to begin no later than August 16, 2024.

Assistant Professor: $95,000 - $110,000

Associate Professor: $115,000 - $130,000

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Develop and maintain an innovative, competitive, vigorous, and nationally recognized research program in relevant areas.
  • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in area of expertise and similarly relevant courses.
  • Contribute to advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Participate in service to the department, college and/or university through committee work, recruitment, and interaction with industry.
  • Advance the college's commitment to diversity and multiculturalism among its faculty, staff, students through service, teaching, and community outreach.
  • Collaborate closely with other appropriate faculty throughout the campus and University system.
  • Establish and sustain significant external research funding in support of the research program.
  • Participate in course, laboratory, and curriculum development in relevant areas.
  • Participate in the recruitment of highly qualified students.


QUALIFICATIONS

Required

Earned doctorate in a relevant field prior to the hire date.
  • A strong record of research achievements, including publications and external funding.
  • Ability to develop and teach undergraduate courses at all levels.
  • Commitment to teaching excellence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both students and colleagues in written and verbal forms.


Preferred
  • Expertise with real-world tools and analyses.
  • Experience in developing related curricula.
  • Excellent communication abilities in written and verbal forms.
  • Minimum of one year of post-doctoral experience in a related field.
  • Ability to initiate novel teaching approaches, advancing the pedagogy of the field.


Additional Information:

Area/College: Institute for Northwest Energy Futures (INEF)
City, State, Zip: Richland, WA 99354

Department Link: https://tricities.wsu.edu/inef/

Annual Salary: $95,000 - $130,000 per 9-month appointment

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for Faculty visit: https://hrs.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Benefit-Overview-for-Faculty-and-AP.pdf

Find total compensation information here:

https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/recruitment-toolkit/total-compensation/.

Overtime Eligibility: Not eligible

FTE: 100%

Position Type: This is a permanent tenure track position.

Posting Close Date: Applicants must submit their application by March 1, 2024. First consideration will be provided to applications submitted prior to January 16, 2024

Screening Begin Date: Application review begins January 16, 2024.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The following application materials are required:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Teaching and research statements describing how the applicant's education and experience meet qualifications for the position.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy, including philosophy regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Two to three professional references


Application Instructions:

Applicants must upload the following required documents to their online application.

External candidates, please upload all documents in the "Resume/CV" section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the "Resume/Cover Letter" section of your application. Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files. Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible. Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to log back in and upload/ submit any additional documents. Please ensure all required documents are submitted the first time.

Application screening will begin on 01/16/2024. Only electronic application materials will be considered. For any inquiries, please communicate via e-mail with the search committee chair, Dr. Yonas Demissie, y.demissie@wsu.edu.

EEO STATEMENT

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty-friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering and math (see https://advance.wsu.edu/ ). This open position is part of WSU's priority to build a diverse faculty and, as such, female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

To apply, visit https://wsu.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WSU_Jobs/job/Richland-WA/Open-Faculty-Search---Institute-for-Northwest-Energy-Futures--INEF-_R-10646

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.







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