Title: Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology/Operations Research
Institution: West Virginia University, Davis College, http://davis.wvu.edu/
Location: Morgantown, WV
The WVU Davis College (davis.wvu.edu/) is seeking to fill a tenure-track faculty member position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This will be a nine-month teaching and research position, as part of a cluster hire across several WVU colleges in the broad area of energy Shale Gas Utilization, including the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Law, and Business and Economics. The person in this position will report to the Director of the Resource Management Division. The opportunity also exists for this position to be collaborative with the Regional Research Institute (RRI), whose mission is “to promote scholarly research focusing on theories and history of regional development, methods for studying regions, and policies for stimulating their development” (rri.wvu.edu).
The Davis College has comprehensive programs in resource economics and business, land use and development, energy and entrepreneurship, environmental management and natural resources processing, among others. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach in the fields of industrial ecology and/or operations research as applied to the fields of energy and natural resources, and participate fully in a multi-disciplinary team across several WVU colleges in a university-level collaborative effort in shale gas and participate in internal and external service and outreach obligations. Teaching responsibilities will be to the Davis College division(s) and in support of the university-level collaborative effort.
Disciplinary approaches to this work, with a shale gas focus, may come from resource economics, econometrics, life cycle analysis, process modeling, systems analysis/ecology/externalities, and from broad expertise in subjects such as energy (any form), carbon, renewable/non-renewable resources, and water systems. The intent of this university initiative is to provide academic and scholarly leadership for the rapidly developing shale gas (and related) industries in WV and beyond, and to support the sustainable development of that sector. For complete position descriptions and initiative details see http://www.wvufaculty.wvu.edu/jobs.
An earned doctorate in a discipline/field in or related to industrial ecology and operations research, especially as related to natural resource utilization issues, with either experience or training directly related to energy resources, or strong indication of interest in energy resources. Credentials/references should indicate a forward-thinking collaborative approach to sciences, interest in working in a multi/inter-disciplinary environment with colleagues from a wide spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds, and evidence of determination to seek external funding to support a rigorous research program. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills are necessary. Candidates will be expected to teach in both discipline specific and cross-disciplinary ways, and a willingness to contribute as part of a multi/inter-disciplinary cross-college team focused on energy resources, and specifically shale gas.
WVU is located in Morgantown, WV and is the State’s comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of nearly 32,000 students and a Carnegie Classification - High Research. Morgantown and vicinity has a diverse population of about 62,000 residents and is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities as well as industries very active in shale gas operations. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. For more information on WVU and Morgantown, see http://www.wvu.edu and http://www.morgantown.com. Additional details about research programs at the University can be found at http://www.research.wvu.edu.
Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and complete contact information of three professional references, a two-page narrative describing research expertise and ideas, and a one-page statement on teaching philosophy. The cover letter should clearly describe how the candidate would contribute to this shale gas initiative. Complete applications and/or nominations should be submitted to the Search Committee co-chairs: Dr. Randall Jackson, (Randall.Jackson@mail.wvu.edu) and Dr. Jerald Fletcher (JJFletcher@mail.wvu.edu). Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and until the position is filled.