JOE - November 2012

University of Rhode Island
Assistant Professor, Ocean Renewable Energy (3 Positions)
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Assistant Professor, Ocean Renewable Energy (3 Positions)
Section: 1 -- US: Full-Time Academic (Permanent, Tenure Track or Tenured)
Location: Kingston, RI, USA
JEL Classifications:
Q -- Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
Q2 -- Renewable Resources and Conservation
Q4 -- Energy
Q5 -- Environmental Economics
Deadline Information: Open until filled

JOE ID Number: 201211_398014

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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. The university seeks 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: (1) 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.; (2) 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 greenhouse gas emissions/sinks), etc.; (3) 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 (

Required: (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; demonstrated effective communication skills; and demonstrated ability for development of an externally funded research program. Preferred: Demonstrated evidence of teaching at the college/university level.
Application Instructions:

Visit our website at to apply and submit the following attachments (PDF): (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 Applications will be reviewed beginning December 15th, 2012 and continue until the positions are 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.

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