Pennsylvania State University, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Position ID:Pennsylvania State University-College of Earth and Mineral Sciences-DEMSEI [#17866]
Position Title: Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute
Position Type:Administration
Position Location:University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Geography
Earth Sciences and Engineering
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2020/12/23)
Position Description:    

Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, seeks a collaborative and strategic leader to serve as the next Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Energy Institute. The Institute is a leading research and development organization focused on energy science and engineering. The Institute accelerates a wide range of energy research areas, including solving challenges related to fossil fuels to exploring new technologies for alternative energy. The current mission of the Institute is diversifying the nation's energy sources, improving the efficiency by which we generate and use that energy, and expanding the use of our domestic natural energy resources. The Institute has developed a mission that includes four main objectives to realize our vision to be the leading research hub for energy science and technology development.

These objectives are:
  • Produce advanced energy research,
  • Enable the development of novel energy technologies,
  • Engage graduate and undergraduate students in energy research, and
  • Promote energy-related outreach by providing technical support to industries in the U.S. and abroad.

    Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, energy transitions, energy systems, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, energy access, energy policy, batteries, biomass, hydrogen, and fossil fuels.

    The College seeks a distinguished scholar and educator with a strong record of leadership and service. The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate that will lead to an appointment as a full professor in one of the five departments within the College; the scientific breadth and vision needed to foster and to lead multidisciplinary and collaborative research at the Institute; a strong record of scholarly research in an energy related area; demonstrated ability to attract human and financial resources for a successful research program; and the desire to be an enthusiastic and articulate spokesperson for Penn State's energy activities. The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and is expected to build upon the tradition of excellence already established by its internationally recognized research programs. The EMS Energy Institute is part of Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE,, which is the umbrella organization for energy-related research at Penn State. Working through the IEE, the Director will provide University-wide leadership in developing and implementing a strategic plan for the next five years that is focused on building teams of researchers from different disciplines, as well as forming new partnerships and new ways of thinking to solve some of the world's most difficult energy and environmental challenges.

    The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is the home of five academic departments: Geography, Geosciences, Energy and Mineral Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Meteorology and Atmospheric Science. It had its origins in 1896 with the University's first earth sciences courses and stretches today to the borders of the Commonwealth and beyond. Talented students come to the college from across the country and around the globe to be part of the discoveries and decisions that will shape our planet's future. With our strengths in the earth, energy, and materials sciences and engineering, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences provides a comprehensive, quality education. We offer a range of major and minor degree and certificate programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels.

    Review of applications will begin February 10 and will continue until the position is filled. It is expected that the successful applicant will start on July 1, 2021. To apply, candidates should upload the following application materials to the Penn State career page: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of vision for the Institute, a research vision, statement of teaching philosophy, statement describing ideas for fostering diversity, inclusion and equity within the institute and the applicant's research community, and contact information for five references. Please address all inquiries and nominations to Prof. Susan Sinnott, Chair of the Search Committee and send to Ms. Peg Yetter at

    The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their classroom, department, and the University.

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    Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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