The University of Central Florida (UCF) has established several interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are recruiting faculty in the area(s) of Energy Storage Systems, Resilience, and Sustainability and plan to hire one tenure-earning assistant professor or tenured associate professor for the university research center on Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES). This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2022.
This is an interdisciplinary position that will be expected to strengthen both the RISES cluster and a chosen tenure home department and may include a combination of joint appointments. A strong advantage of this position is the ability of the candidate to choose multiple units for their appointment in the College of Engineering and Computer Science or the College of Sciences or both. Both individual/interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup support will be provided with this new position. The position will carry a rank commensurate with the candidate’s prior experience and record.
The ideal candidate will work at the intersection of several areas, such as: a) Battery Storage Technologies, b) Renewable electrolysis, c) Grid Integration, and/or d) Energy Storage Analysis. They will have research impact, as reflected in high-quality publications and the ability to build a funded and sustainable research program. All relevant technical areas will be considered. We are looking for a team player who can help bring together current campus efforts in energy systems research.
UCF is one of the nation’s largest universities with a diverse student body of more than 71,000 students and has grown substantially in size, quality, diversity, and reputation. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs. In 2019, UCF was officially recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the US Department of Education and a "Green College" by the Princeton Review for our efforts in sustainability and environmental responsibility.
UCF's students represent all 50 states and over 120 countries. UCF is in a centralized location that is 30 minutes to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando and 60 minutes to the beach. UCF has 16 sports teams, including football, soccer/futbol, tennis, volleyball, and 600+ cultural, academic, and social student clubs and organizations all led by faculty mentors.
In addition, UCF has several associations for faculty and staff, among them, the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), the Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA), the PRIDE Faculty and Staff Association, and the Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty. UCF received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as a R1 Doctoral University for its high research activity and community engagement. This past fiscal year, UCF brought in nearly $205M. The RISES center is one of nation’s very top university research centers as measured by federal funding. For the fifth consecutive year, UCF has been recognized among the nation’s most innovative universities according to U.S. News & World Report while Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review have ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education.
UCF is an economic engine, attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. UCF’s Orlando location also puts it at the center of the Florida High Tech Corridor. The corridor has an excellent industrial base that includes software, defense, space, simulation and training, and a world- renowned entertainment industry. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving research park that conducts over $2 billion in funded research, hosting more than 100 high-technology companies and UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training. UCF also has an accredited medical school, which was established in 2006, and is a neighbor to the VA, Nemours, and the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, all of which have a strong interest in sustainable energy systems research and demonstration.
Great weather, easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in the nation, and one of the world’s best airports are just a few features that make Orlando an ideal location. We encourage you to learn more about UCF at http://www.ucf.edu/faculty.
Additional Application Materials Required:
UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, www.ucf.edu/jobs/. No paper or emailed applications or materials will be considered.
UCF has a diverse student body and community, and we are committed to meeting the needs of this community. Please tell us about your approach and experience, in the context of a faculty-student setting and as a colleague, meeting the needs of a diverse community.
In addition to the online application, interested candidates must attach the following materials to their application:
1) the above-mentioned diversity statement,
2) a cover letter,
3) curriculum vitae,
4) teaching statement,
5) research statement, and
6) contact information for three professional references (include email address).
In the cover letter candidates must address their fit for the RISES Center and identify the college(s)/department(s) for their potential tenure home and the joint appointments they would desire.
NOTE: Please have all application documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.
This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2022. Review of applications will begin November 1st, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
Questions regarding this search can be directed to Dr. Zhihua Qu, at firstname.lastname@example.org.