Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 11, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, seeks a collaborative and strategic leader to serve as the next Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Energy Institute. The Institute is a leading research and development organization focused on energy science and engineering. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, energy transitions, energy systems, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, energy access, energy policy, batteries, biomass, hydrogen, and fossil fuels. The College seeks a distinguished scholar and educator with a strong record of leadership and service. The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate that will lead to an appointment as a full professor in one of the five departments within the College; the scientific breadth and vision needed to foster and to lead multidisciplinary and collaborative research at the Institute; a strong record of scholarly research in an energy related area; demonstrated ability to attract human and financial resources for a successful research program; and the desire to be an enthusiastic and articulate spokesperson for Penn State’s energy activities. The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and is expected to build upon the tradition of excellence already established by its internationally recognized research programs. The EMS Energy Institute is part of Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE,, which is the umbrella organization for energy-related research at Penn State.

Review of applications will begin February 10 and will continue until the position is filled. It is expected that the successful applicant will start on July 1, 2021. To apply, candidates should upload the following application materials to the Penn State career page: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of vision for the Institute, a research vision, statement of teaching philosophy, statement describing ideas for fostering diversity, inclusion and equity within the institute and the applicant's research community, and contact information for five references. Please address all inquiries and nominations to Prof. Susan Sinnott, Chair of the Search Committee and send to Ms. Peg Yetter at

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