As part of the University of Pittsburgh's strategic expansion of its Center for Energy (www.energy.pitt.edu), the Swanson School of Engineering invites exceptional applicants for endowed tenure-track faculty positions at all ranks and with leadership and experience in the following key research areas: Energy delivery and reliability, with an emphasis on electric power transmission and distribution systems, advanced power electronics technologies (FACTS and DC systems), power system modeling and analysis, power system operation and control, and renewable energy integration. Materials for energy-related applications, with an emphasis on experimental and/or computational efforts on structural and functional materials sued in harsh service environments, and therefore including corrosion engineering, catalysts, energy storage, thermo-electrics and sensors. These key areas also complement our existing and emerging research and education activities in carbon management and utilization, unconventional gas resources, and direct energy conversion and recovery. Established as part of a recent $22 million gift to the University from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, a total of four endowed faculty positions are available: two Professor-level appointments as R.K. Mellon Chairs in Energy and two Assistant/Associate Professor appointments as R.K. Mellon Faculty Fellows in energy. Each position will include a competitive salary and startup package, together with an attractive discretionary research fund. In addition to having an outstanding record of research funding and scholarly publications, Chair candidates should have an exemplary record of leadership and a high standing in the national/international research community. These endowed positions are in addition to Assistant Professor level positions that the Swanson School of Engineering is currently seeking to fill in association with the Center for Energy. The successful candidates will greatly benefit from the resources fostered by the University of Pittsburgh's extensive facilities, research partnerships, and close proximity to numerous energy-related companies and research laboratories. For instance, the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) recently formed a Regional University Alliance (RUA) for energy technology innovation that is in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and four other nationally recognized universities. The NETL-RUA research programs are organized around several core elements that recognized the enormous systems design and integration issues posed by the advancement and transition of energy technologies over the course of this century (see http://www.netl.doe.gov/rua/index.html for more detail on NETL-RUA). Each successful candidate will hold an earned PhD degree in an appropriate discipline and will be appointed to a primary academic department in the Swanson School of Engineering that is in accordance with his or her expertise. As a faculty member, each hire will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate engineering courses; develop a strong, externally-funded research program; collaborate with other faculty; and be involved in services to the University and the profession. Responsibilities will include student advising, recruiting and industry relations.
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