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Assistant/Associate Professor - Energy and the Environment - Environmental Studies Program

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Assistant/Associate Professor–Energy and the Environment
University of California, Santa Barbara – Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in the area of Energy and the Environment. This position has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018, or later. The appointment will ideally be made at the Assistant Professor level, but appointment at the Associate Professor level will be considered for exceptional candidates.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in a relevant discipline in the environmental, policy, social or engineering sciences. Specific areas of expertise are open, but may include sustainable and renewable energy, energy production and distribution systems, energy efficiency, energy and transportation, environmental impacts of energy systems, etc. Candidates’ research must investigate issues at the intersection of energy and the environment, with either a domestic or international focus. More senior applicants must have a distinguished publication record, suitable for tenure at a leading research university; junior applicants must show promise of continuing to develop an outstanding publication record. Preferred candidates will have training in multiple disciplines, bridging the science, technology, policy, social and/or equity aspects of energy and the environment, a promising record of extramural research funding, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentorship, and an interest in research that can be applied in non-academic settings. In addition, a record of engagement in policy processes will be an advantage.

In addition to developing an individual research program, the successful candidate will be expected to serve as a leader of energy initiatives at UCSB, to train graduate students through an affiliation with one or more other UCSB departments, and to teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses on energy and the environment, conventional and renewable energy technologies, and energy policy.

Applications must be submitted electronically via UC Recruit and should include a letter of interest, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and a writing sample. Applicants will also need to arrange for three references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a diversity statement. Applications received by November 1, 2017 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply, visit

Inquiries about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Simone Pulver (

UCSB's Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that was founded in the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. It has maintained a position of national leadership since then, graduating over 6000 students. The program has a longstanding commitment to integrative research and teaching, and interdisciplinary balance among biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied professions. The program is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through interdisciplinary research, teaching and service. For more information, please see

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Misc / Additional - Writing sample

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required