The University of Rhode Island (URI) invites applications for 3 tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level, as part of an Ocean Renewable Energy Cluster (OREC) hire. One of these positions is for a researcher who looks at the socio-economic or socio-political aspects of coastal and marine spatial planning. This position is open to any social science including planning, geography, and public policy. While the home departments of the successful candidates will be determined when they are chosen, the social scientist will most likely have a full or joint appointment in the Department of Marine Affairs (MAF). MAF has awarded an interdisciplinary master’s degree in coastal and marine planning and management for 43 years and is the oldest program of its type in the world. MAF currently has a strong emphasis on ecosystem-based management, coastal community adaptation to climate change, and coastal and marine spatial planning.
OREC seeks 3 outstanding faculty members working in technical (e.g., ocean, civil, electrical, chemical, mechanical engineering, chemistry), environmental characterization and impact (e.g., environmental engineering, oceanography, geosciences, environmental economics), or socio-economic or socio-political impact (e.g., resource economics, marine affairs), aspects of Ocean Renewable Energy. Areas of interests are, for instance but not restricted to, in: (i) technical areas – offshore foundations, structural mechanics, fluid mechanics (including aeronautics), marine chemistry, mechanical design (turbines/blades), industrial design, power systems, grid connection and integration, etc…; (ii) Environmental areas – ocean physical, chemical, biological, and geological sciences (or any combinations of these), ecosystem and habitat, marine spatial planning, physical evaluation of ocean energy resources, as well as local and global environmental impacts/benefits (such as green house gas emissions/sinks), etc…; (iii) Socio-economic or socio-political areas – coastal governance and area use conflicts, challenges of facility siting (including sociological and anthropological aspects), ocean renewable energy project cost evaluation and financing, coastal amenity values and impacts to communities dependent upon resource-based industries (e.g., fishing or tourism), etc….
Each new faculty will be expected to develop strong externally funded research programs, advise graduate students, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses. While they will be affiliated with one or two primary departments and/or colleges, directly related to their main field of expertise (in the latter case by way of a joint appointment), it is desirable that the successful candidates develop synergistic collaborations in some aspects of research and teaching, both with each other and with an existing interdisciplinary core group of faculty already affiliated with OREC. Many of these faculty are also current members of OSPRE: URI’s Center of Excellence in “Ocean Spatial Planning and Renewable Energy” and were co-investigators of the RI “Ocean Spatial Area Management Plan” (Ocean SAMP), for ocean renewable energy siting (http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/oceansamp/).
Required: (i) (by June 30th, 2013) A Ph.D. in engineering, oceanography, geosciences, resource economics, marine affairs, or a related discipline, with a specialty in one of the above mentioned areas related to ocean renewable energy; (ii) effective communication skills; and (iii) demonstrated ability for development of an externally funded research program. Evidence of teaching at the college/university level is preferred.
Visit our website at https://jobs.uri.edu to apply and submit applications in PDF format: (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae to include the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references; and (3) a statement of teaching and research interests to: Dr. Stephan T. Grilli, Search Chair, job posting #6000919. Other relevant material in support of your application can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed beginning December 15th, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. It is intended for the successful candidates to begin work by July 1, 2013. The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity.