Duke Kunshan University

Position ID:DukeKunshanUniv-ENVIRONMENT [#19608]
Position Title: Director of Environmental Science and Policy
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Kunshan, Suzhou 215316, China [map]
Subject Area: Environmental Economics, Policy, and Science
Appl Deadline: (posted 2021/09/16, listed until 2022/05/31)
Position Description:    

Occupational Summary:

The Director of Environmental Science and Policy at Duke Kunshan University (DKU), China leads the Environmental Research Center (ERC), and supervises the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) to operate and grow the International Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) graduate program. Reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Director of Environmental Science and Policy is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the relevant area to ensure the highest quality of education and research. He/she oversees the recruitment and management of world-class faculty and staff for ERC and iMEP. He/she is also responsible for growing academic and research activities related to environmental science and policy.

Reports to:

Dean of Graduate Studies

Essential Duties:

The Director of Environmental Science and Policy has several essential duties outlined as follows:

Leadership and governance

The Director of Environmental Science and Policy plays a leading role in developing the vision and mission of the environment area, with inputs from other relevant faculty and staff. He/she will oversee the research portfolio of ERC and iMEP being implemented at DKU. He/she will provide guidance to the DGS of iMEP on educational activities, particularly as they impact and require faculty hiring and development. He/she will, in cooperation with the Dean of Graduate Studies, provide support to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies in building connections between the undergraduate program and ERC and iMEP, involving both student learning and research, and faculty research support. His/her main duty is to take ERC and iMEP to the next level so that they are recognized globally for their high caliber research and innovative education.

Faculty recruitment and development

The Director of Environmental Science and Policy will oversee the DGS of iMEP in developing and implementing an annual faculty recruitment and retention plan for iMEP. He/she is expected to supervise the DGS of iMEP while the latter undertakes performance evaluations, re-appointments and promotions for all faculty and staff members in iMEP.

Student recruitment and development

The Director of Environmental Science and Policy must play a leadership role in growing and advancing student recruitment activities, in support of iMEP. He/she is expected to support the DGS of iMEP to develop a vibrant network of feeder schools and related channels to ensure adequate numbers of qualified iMEP applicants each year.

Research support

The Director of Environmental Science and Policy will lead, develop and motivate high-quality research at ERC by identifying, promoting and contributing internal and external resources. He/she will identify and support opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaboration to develop research strengths and broader research portfolio for ERC. He/she is expected to actively engage undergraduate and graduate students on research activities related to environmental sciences and policy. He/she will ensure research compliance and lab safety within ERC by implementing relevant policies and guidelines. He/she will maintain close connections with research collaborators and funding sponsors in related areas.

Administrative activities

The Director of Environmental Science and Policy is responsible for the development of an annual budget for ERC and will supervise the DGS of iMEP to create an annual budget plan for iMEP. He/she will oversee the effective implementation of the approved budget plan and the administration of funding for ERC and iMEP. He/she must raise external funding from domestic and international sources to support ERC and iMEP. He/she will closely work with the Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.


  • Hold a Ph.D. degree in relevant areas, preferably environmental sciences or engineering.
  • Have 10 or more years of relevant experience, preferably at academic institutions, with a record suitable for a tenured full professor appointment at DKU. Working experience in both China and other countries is highly desirable.
  • An institution builder who understands the challenges and opportunities of working within and building a new university.
  • A strategic leader who can creatively and systematically create and develop ways to improve the quality and visibility of ERC and iMEP.
  • Knowledgeable about the evolving nature of the global research landscape in the 21st century.
  • A strong problem solver and critical thinker with a strategic mind-set, and at the same time a person who is hands-on. A qualified candidate must have a strong commitment to innovation regarding the evolution and development of research and education programs.
  • A solid team player who understands the value of collaboration and partnership in an academic setting.
  • Experience with research and budget planning and management.
  • Capable of securing external funding to support research and education activities.
  • Competence in cross-cultural communications and the ability to work with faculty, students and staff in a multicultural setting.
  • Fluent English skills required, and fluency in Chinese highly preferred.
  • Knowledge of contemporary China and the Chinese higher education environment is desirable.


Applicants should provide a cover letter including a clear statement of the candidate’s specific interest in DKU and in the advertised position, a curriculum vitae, as well as the names and contact information for three references. All materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19608. We will accept applications until the position is filled. A competitive start-up package will be offered, subject to the approval by the local government.

DKU aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Duke Kunshan University | 昆山杜克大学
中国江苏省昆山市杜克大道8号 邮编:215316
No. 8 Duke Avenue, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China 215316