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Assistant Professor, Energy in the Built Environment

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Location: Bellingham, WA
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Position Title

Assistant Professor, Energy in the Built Environment

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department

The Institute for Energy Studies is a unique, multi-college collaboration at WWU, which is designed to meet growing demand, from students and Washington's growing clean energy economy, for interdisciplinary education related to the science, technology, policy and business aspects of human conversion and use of energy. Our energy programs are designed to be interdisciplinary in a way that provides both breadth and depth, with a practical toolkit of technical and analytic skills in a context of system-level problem-solving and experiential learning, to build the applied expertise needed for entrepreneurship or employment in the energy field. This is a unique opportunity to help develop our new programs, and build connections to other areas such as WWU’s programs in sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation, engineering and design, etc. 

The Institute for Energy Studies supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications from candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position focusing on energy in the built environment. The position is at the Assistant Professor rank and begins on September 16, 2019. We seek an individual with teaching and research interests in fields such as energy efficiency, building science, energy systems design and data analytics, or low-carbon/net-zero energy planning, together with a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. The person chosen will be designated the Puget Sound Energy Professor of Energy Studies and will have an ongoing and formal affiliation with WWU’s Institute for Energy Studies and a full-time appointment in an academic Department based on their area of specialization. The position entails teaching, advising, research, community engagement and service to support the Department, the Institute, and the University.   

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship. Teaching responsibilities will include core energy studies courses as well as advanced courses in their area of specialization. Key areas of interest for the program are energy efficiency, building science, and energy planning. The successful candidate will maintain a research program involving undergraduate and/or masters-level students, and collaborate effectively with researchers in and beyond the department. The IES recognizes that a variety of academic perspectives address energy in the built environment, including building and environmental science, engineering, data analytics, planning and policy. We seek candidates who bring a scholarly background in one or more of these fields, plus a strongly multidisciplinary approach, to scholarship and teaching in the evolving nexus of energy technology and systems, climate change and energy policy and planning.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD (by 9/15/19) in energy studies, architectural or environmental science, engineering, data analytics, planning or a field related to energy in the built environment
  • Teaching and scholarship interests and experience aligned with the Institute for Energy Studies’ mission 
  • Evidence of the ability to maintain a relevant program of scholarly activity
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching in energy science, technology, planning or related topics 
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant expertise in energy system science, engineering, planning, etc., related to energy in the built environment 
  • Recent, relevant experience in the technical and policy dimensions of energy systems 
  • A record of research in the energy field in academia, government or industry
  • Evidence of ability to develop an externally-funded research program
  • Relevant experience teaching interdisciplinary course(s) 


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, experience and interests in teaching and research, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for four professional references. 

Applicants can direct questions to the Search Committee at

Closing Date Notes

Review of applications will start January 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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