Assistant Professor - Sustainable Energy and Security

University of Houston
Houston, Texas (US)
Commensurate with experience
November 02 2021
Other, Other
Position Type
Full Time
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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston (UH) invites applications for two Presidential Frontier Faculty tenure-track assistant professor faculty positions beginning in Fall 2022. The Presidential Frontier Faculty program is a university-wide integrated interdisciplinary hiring campaign that is overseen by central university leadership, and encompasses hiring a large cohort of convergence research faculty to work on health, energy, sustainability and security. Particular emphasis is in the broad area of advanced energy storage technologies and their integration into modern and future energy systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) electrochemical energy storage; (2) hybrid thermal energy storage; (3) hydrogen production, storage and re-electrification; (4) mechanical energy storage systems; (5) energy storage analysis (including modeling, simulation and optimization); and (6) integration of energy storage into large-scale electrical and energy systems. The new hires are expected to be part of the ASPIRE Energy Institute.

Successful candidates must hold an earned doctorate in an appropriately related field by the time their appointment begins. They are expected to establish a dynamic and internationally recognized research program and to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Furthermore, they must have demonstrated an ability to conduct outstanding independent research and show promise for excellent teaching, mentoring, and entrepreneurship. The department is home to 31 full-time faculty, ~90 doctoral students, ~150 master students, and ~1,000 undergraduate students. Information about the department is available at 

To apply, please visit and submit (1) letter of application (cover letter), (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement on proposed plans for teaching, (4) statement on proposed plans for research, and (5) list of five references including name and contact information. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If you have any questions concerning the positions, please contact Dr. Dong Liu at 

The University of Houston, one of the most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States, is a Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. Students come to UH from more than 137 nations and from across the world. The UH is Texas’ premier public metropolitan research and teaching institution with over 40,000 students located on a park-like campus proximal to downtown Houston, the fourth-largest city in the nation. In addition to being the energy capital of the world, Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, and to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and has a broad industrial base in energy, aeronautics, and technology. Thus, the environment is rich in potential for numerous collaborative opportunities. Houston also supports a full spectrum of cultural organizations as well as sports and year-around outdoor activities.

As a part of a major drive for excellence, including the designation of UH as a Tier 1 university, the Cullen College of Engineering has a strong commitment to advance both the quantity and quality of the engineering research programs. UH is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.

The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

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