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Research Assistant Professor: Sustainability and Renewable Energy Design & Innovation

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School / Campus / College: College of Engineering

Organization: Human Centered Design & Engineering

Title: Research Assistant Professor: Sustainability and Renewable Energy Design & Innovation

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Position Description

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track research assistant professor position in Sustainability and Renewable Energy Design & Innovation. This is a full-time, non-tenured position (12 month service period). This position will not be sponsored for a visa or for permanent residence.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in research in sustainability transitions, design, and innovation in renewable energy knowledge infrastructures. The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Expertise in renewable energy management and policy

  • A track record of supporting innovation in the renewable energy sector

  • An existing research program on how environmental and technological change requires knowledge infrastructures to adapt

  • Experience using methods from science and technology studies, participatory design, sustainability transitions, science and innovation studies and related fields

  • Experience using theories from science and technology studies, design studies, sustainability transitions and science and innovation studies and related fields

  • Experience developing a working group on equity in renewable energy 

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in qualitative research on international and large-scale research arenas

  • Success in leading large collaborative, interdisciplinary research activities and grant proposals

  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with industry, government, and university researchers to support innovation in renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest, nationally, and internationally.

  • Effectively communicate impacts of renewable energy technologies on communities and environments, especially pertaining to equity and justice

  • Experience conducting expert interviews and policy analysis

This position will be 80% research grant funded (i.e., soft money) and 20% department funded. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous and innovative externally-funded research program that provides research opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and undergraduate students. Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate they have been able to successfully raise grant funds covering their salary for at least 3 years. If interested, there is a possibility of occasionally teaching courses in HCDE. 

The base salary range for this position will be $9,000-13,000/month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

Our department's social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who in their scholarship, teaching, and service demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations. As a program with a core mission of social justice and a deeply diverse student body, we seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to work with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews. In accord with the University’s expressed commitment to excellence and equity, contributions in scholarship and research, teaching, and service that address diversity and equal opportunity may be included among the professional and scholarly qualifications for appointment and promotion.



Applicants must have a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in sustainability and renewable energy design & innovation or a related discipline by the date of appointment.



UW is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Review of applications will begin January 4, 2024, with applications accepted until the position is filled.

Please provide pdf files for the following requested materials:

  1. Cover letter

  2. Curriculum vitae, which explicitly includes a section on funded research grants covering the last 3 years

  3. Contact information for at least three (3) professional references

  4. A statement of experience and interest in research

  5. Three sample publications

  6. A personal statement on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)*

*A Diversity Statement helps applicants reflect on how their approach to teaching and/or service contributes to positive social change and supports people who represent differences in gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, intellectual origin, ability, and other identities. We invite you to reflect and describe your related experiences in teaching and service and also where you stand to grow with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, and your potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations.


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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

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