Faculty Search in Energy Policy

Posted: September 17, 2012

The College of Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University are conducting an open rank search (assistant, associate and full) for a tenure track faculty position in the area of energy policy. Domestic and global energy systems are facing significant opportunities and challenges.  Growing global demands for energy, declining fossil fuel reserves, and concerns over rising greenhouse gas emissions are all impacting energy technologies, economics and policies.  To address these challenges, expertise in the links between engineering and policy is being sought to analyze current and emerging technologies, resources and infrastructure, including alternative energy sources for stationary and mobile applications.  Ideal candidates will have a mix of analytical, economic and policy knowledge in areas such as energy system design, dynamic system modeling, resource economics, optimization, and life cycle analysis.

This is a joint position between the College of Engineering and the John Glenn School of Public Policy Affairs. The tenure initiating unit within the College of Engineering will be in a department based on the candidate’s preference and field of interest. These include Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Integrated Systems Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Further, applicants are expected to articulate clearly their potential intersections with existing faculty research areas, and alignment with one or more centers within the university, such as the Center for Aviation Studies, Subsurface Energy Resource Center, Center for Resilience, Center for Automotive Research, and Battelle Center for Science and Technology.

Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in engineering or related interdisciplinary fields such as energy systems analysis, energy planning or energy economics. Desired qualifications include strong fundamentals in an engineering field coupled with expertise in public policy, planning or economics, and recognition of the importance of the interactions between energy policy, technology and engineering. Also required is a distinguished record of scholarship, exceptional potential for world class research, and a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education. The capacity for interdisciplinary teamwork is essential.

Successful candidates will be expected to effectively teach in both the prospective engineering department’s undergraduate and graduate programs and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and to develop a nationally recognized research program to support of the university’s energy initiative.

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Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching and research interests, research sample, and names and contact information of three references in one pdf document to David Farrell at To build a diverse workforce, Ohio State encourages applications from minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. EEO/AA employer. Ohio State in an NSF ADVANCE Institution.