Boston University, College of Engineering

Position ID:BU-College of Engineering-ASTP [#25447]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Energy, Sustainability, and Climate
Position Location:Boston, Massachusetts 02215, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mechanical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering
Engineering / Energy, Sustainability, and Climate, Negative Emissions and Industrial Decarbonization, Smart grid and Sustainable power systems, Sustainable Electronics and Computing
Electrical Engineering
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/08/25, listed until 2024/02/26)
Position Description:    

Assistant Professor in Energy, Sustainability, and Climate 

Boston University 

The College of Engineering (COE) at Boston University (BU) has embarked on a bold new strategic plan that will pursue excellence and impact along six convergent research themes: (1) Intelligent, Autonomous and Secure Systems, (2) Synthetic Biology, Tissue Engineering, and Mechanobiology, (3) Energy, Sustainability, and Climate, (4) Materials by Design, (5) Photonics and Optical Systems, and (6) Neuroengineering, Neuroinformatics, and Neuroscience. 

As part of the Energy, Sustainability, and Climate theme, the COE at BU is searching for tenure-track faculty candidates at the Assistant Professor level, whose research interests align with one or more of the following areas:

1. Smart grid and sustainable power systems: Research on (i) smart power grids, including integration of distributed renewable generation, EV charging demands, and cyber-physical elements incorporation with the power grid, (ii) sustainable power or transportation networks for smart cities including their physical and economic interactions; (iii) grid interactive efficient buildings, incorporating energy efficiency and storage to manage peak demands and smart control architectures.

2. Negative emissions and industrial decarbonization: Research into (i) the development of greenhouse gas (i.e. CO2, CH4) capture, conversion and utilization including direct air capture and electrochemical conversion and upgrading; (ii) utilizing renewable energy sources for the decarbonization of energy intensive industries such as chemical, cement, steel, among others; (iii) novel materials and architectures for these technologies. 

3. Sustainable electronics and computing: Research into (i) sustainable electronics that achieve orders of magnitude efficiency improvements for convergent applications such as biosensing, healthcare, augmented/virtual reality, or for the rapidly increasing carbon footprint of AI workloads, (ii) biodegradable electronics, and (iii) methods that capture the sustainability life cycle of electronics including manufacturing, emissions, reusability, or effective integration with harvesting and renewables.

This is a COE-wide search, and the candidate will have a primary appointment in either the Mechanical Engineering (ME) or Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) departments. Cross-cutting research interests leading to secondary appointment(s) in another ENG department, Physics, Chemistry, and/or a Division (Materials Science and Engineering or Systems Engineering) would be encouraged. Interactions with the Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS), the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) and/or the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering are encouraged. The COE believes that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our research and academic programs. To that end, we are especially eager to have a colleague who supports our institutional commitment to ensuring BU is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and a place where all constituents can thrive and join our ranks. 

Leading Assistant Professor tenure-track candidates will hold a PhD in Engineering or a related field, and will be prepared to conduct a research program that would complement and enhance the strengths of the COE. Candidates will be expected to teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in their home department and in cross-college courses. We are explicitly looking for candidates who have an interest in the Societal Impact of their research.

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We encourage candidates to apply early, as we will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2023. Please submit 1) a cover letter that describes how your research and teaching interests fit within the interdisciplinary mission of the College of Engineering, 2) a research statement, 3) CV, 4) a teaching statement, 5) a diversity statement discussing how you—through your teaching and/or scholarship—will contribute to our goals to engender a more inclusive and diverse college and 6) three letters of recommendation.

Boston University is an AAU institution with a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice and a commitment to broadening participation of underrepresented groups in engineering. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor

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