Lehigh University, Engineering Interdisciplinary Search

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Position ID:Lehigh-Engineering Interdisciplinary Search-APECS [#26361]
Position Title: Assistant Professor Position in Energy Conversion and Storage
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mechanical Engineering / Thermal Science, energy conversion
Appl Deadline:2023/11/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/10/24)
Position Description:    

Assistant Professor Position in Energy Conversion and Storage 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University invites qualified individuals to apply for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in the area of Energy Conversion & Storage. The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline by the date of hire. 

Applications are encouraged from outstanding candidates working in any aspect of thermal energy storage with emphasis at the intersection between renewable energy conversion systems (including hydrogen) and bulk thermal energy storage (including modeling; new material/processes; fabrication and evaluation of innovative storage concepts/devices; and system integration, optimization, and demonstration). The successful candidate will be expected to build on Lehigh's existing strengths in thermal energy storage and contribute to improving university energy and decarbonization research planning decisions. 

Multidisciplinary research programs are an important priority at Lehigh University, and include strong interactions with government agencies, industry, and existing interdisciplinary research institutes (IRIs) on campus. The ideal candidate’s research area will be synergistic with research thrusts in the Lehigh Institute for Cyber-Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE). The successful candidate will be affiliated with I-CPIE and may also engage with the Institute for Functional Materials and Devices (I-FMD), Energy Research Center, and/or U.S. Department of Energy Atlantic Marine Energy Center. The candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous research program consistent with Lehigh’s reputation as a prominent research and educational institution, and to maintain a strong commitment to teaching. The candidate will be expected to effectively teach graduate and undergraduate courses to a diverse group of engineering students. The successful candidate will create opportunities for broadening participation and support an inclusive and equitable educational environment in which a diverse student body can thrive. 

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation's highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh University has some 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. Lehigh is investing substantially in new innovative research and academic programs to enhance its intellectual footprint, including its new College of Health. These investments, based on faculty-driven initiatives, will advance the University’s commitment to research and to enhance student experiences. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We especially encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities. Applications should be submitted by November 30, 2023 to be assured of full consideration.

Candidates should provide the following materials: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement (up to 6 pages) that describes past scholarly contributions and future research directions, (4) teaching statement (up to 2 pages) that describes instructional philosophy and courses that the candidate would want to teach or develop, (5) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement that describes prior DEI experience and a candidate’s vision for enhancing community and culture at Lehigh (up to 2 pages); the Lehigh ADVANCE Center’s guide for understanding and preparing such statements is available here, and (6) full contact details for 3 professional references. Inquiries regarding this search should be directed to Barbara McGuire (bcm208@lehigh.edu). 

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available here. Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found here. Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty.

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Bethlehem, PA 18015