Sustainable Energy Infrastructure

Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks new faculty members to provide key leadership in sustainable energy systems and policy (SESP). We seek innovative and transformative academic leaders whose scholarship will advance NC State’s position as one of the premier universities of its kind. These hires will build on nationally prominent, campus-wide strengths in energy technology development, economics, policy analysis, and energy-related extension and outreach. One of these four hires is focused on systems-level analysis that considers the technical, economic, and environmental performance of energy technologies and systems.

About the Cluster

The vision for the SESP cluster is to transform NC State into a preeminent and high visibility hub for interdisciplinary research that informs key energy decisions at the state, federal, and international levels. NC State recognizes that growing global energy demands must be met while simultaneously addressing the impacts of energy development. The overarching SESP goal is to pursue rigorous, problem-driven energy research that considers the relevant technical, economic, environmental, political, and social dimensions in order to deliver practical solutions.

The positions in this cluster offer dynamic, forward-thinking faculty a unique opportunity to integrate with, and expand upon, NC State’s considerable expertise in order to develop world-class research and academic initiatives around the broad theme of sustainable energy. Cluster faculty must have an ability and willingness to work collaboratively, and priority will be given to candidates that have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations. Two new faculty with expertise in energy economics and policy have already joined the SESP cluster. Desired SESP capabilities for the two remaining positions include, but are not limited to, developing and applying mathematical models of energy systems; modeling economy, technology, and policy interactions in evolving smart grids and electricity markets under uncertainty; evaluating the environmental impacts of energy technology using life cycle assessment, and performing systems-level analysis that considers interactions between energy and other infrastructure systems. We welcome applications from all disciplines, but applicants must demonstrate a strong connection to the SESP vision and goal.

About the Position

In order to link ongoing technical work with broader economic, policy, and environmental considerations, we seek candidates with the ability to perform systems-level analysis that considers the technical, economic, and environmental performance of energy technologies and systems. Such work should draw on expertise in one of more of the following areas: environmental life cycle assessment, computing, optimization, and energy engineering that draws on fundamental knowledge related to the physical, chemical, or biological aspects of energy production.Systems analysis should also consider the interdependence between energy and other infrastructure systems such as transportation systems, buildings, food production, and water supply.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a field relevant to the SESP theme. Positions are open to any rank at the time of appointment. Applicants at the senior level should have demonstrated excellence in research and a sustained record of collaborative work. All candidates, regardless of rank, should have a strong capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the capacity to mentor doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus University goals. The University is particularly interested in candidates with experience in working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

For consideration, a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three references are required. Candidates may optionally include three letters of reference.  Materials for consideration will be accepted electronically via Additional materials may be required upon request. While a comprehensive review of applications will begin immediately, this is a long-term posting and will remain open until all positions are filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Joe DeCarolis ( or Laura Taylor (

The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program is bringing some of the best and brightest minds to join NC State University’s interdisciplinary efforts to solve some of the globe’s most significant problems. Guided by a strong strategic plan and an aggressive vision, the cluster hiring program is adding new faculty members in select fields to add more breadth and depth to NC State’s already-strong efforts. The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program marks a major initiative of the university’s strategic plan, “The Pathway to the Future.” NC State will soon complete its first cohort of twelve clusters with 41 hires to date. This success led to a commitment to establish eight new clusters consisting of 33 additional interdisciplinary faculty hires. We invite you to explore more information about the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program and this cluster at

NC State University provides a dynamic environment for research, teaching, mentoring, and collaboration across disciplines. Our location in the Research Triangle provides rich opportunities for interactions with industry; research organizations; other universities, including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and government agencies.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application process please call (919) 515-3148.