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Faculty Position in Solar and Renewable Energy Systems

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-system faculty position in the area of solar and renewable energy systems. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.   The position will be filled at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level depending on the qualifications and record of the successful candidate. Candidates are expected to establish a sustainable research program, make significant scholarly contributions to their discipline, be an effective teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students, and engage in institutional and professional service.


A strong background in solar and renewable energy is desired, with applications related, but not limited, to concentrating solar power, integration of solar power with energy storage, solar gasification, solar thermochemical cycles for fuels and storage, novel thermochemical reactive materials, solar photochemical processes, solar photovoltaic efficiency, materials and devices, renewable fuel production, hybrid solar/renewable systems, and solar spectrum splitting applications.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded interdisciplinary research program of national prominence that includes fundamental and applied research, publication in journals and high quality conferences, and education of graduate students. Candidates must have demonstrated evidence of outstanding research accomplishments, teaching skills, and ability to work effectively with other researchers.

Excellent opportunities exist within the departments, college, and university for collaboration with other faculty. The Mechanical Engineering Department currently has 42 faculty members with a strong commitment to research, teaching, and service and is on a growth trajectory. The department is home to the Energy and Automotive Research Laboratory (EARL) and has affiliations with other laboratories and centers within MSU.  Research and Education focus areas include Solid Mechanics, Design, and Manufacturing, Dynamics and Controls, Fluid-Thermal Science and Engineering, and Biomechanics. Details about the ME Department can be found at http://www.egr.msu.edu/me/.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should submit an application for these positions through:  http://careers.msu.edu/ and refer to posting #469871. Applicants must submit a detailed resume, statements of research and teaching interests for this position, and the names and contact information for at least three references. The application material should be accompanied by a cover letter and a summary of the applicant’s qualifications. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled. Review of applications will commence by December 1, 2017, and continue thereafter until the position is filled. Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair through email at me-search@egr.msu.edu.

About MSU

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. Michigan State University is pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University.  Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/.  Information about WorkLife at MSU and the College of Engineering can be found at http://www.egr.msu.edu/WE.

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges.MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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