Monday, November 23, 2009

Jobs: Sustainability Sciences at UW-Madison

The Wisconsin Bioen Initiative at UW-Madison is filling a number of positions related to energy and biofuels, with possible foci in communication policy, economics, agronomy, etc.
Degree and area of specialization:

A Ph.D. and a strong proven record of teaching and research as it relates to the sustainability aspects of biofuels, biomaterials, bioenergy, and related fields of energy storage are required. Applicants with experience in cross disciplinary research and non-academic collaboration are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Sustained record of professional achievement as indicated by outstanding teaching, sponsored research and publications, and demonstrated leadership activities in the field. A record of scholarship or demonstrated potential for scholarship suitable for tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Principal duties:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to improving our future through bioenergy and has created the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI) to facilitate that transformation. The WBI is a university-based coalition that capitalizes and expands the talent to create, commercialize and promote bioenergy solutions. In order to advance these goals, UW-Madison is seeking to hire additional faculty in the bioenergy field within established departments.

Areas that we would like to expand include but are not limited to:
  • Individual with expertise in community and regional development with an emphasis on the economic and physical infrastructure needed for bioenergy development, and the analysis of social, cultural, and land use impacts of bioenegy production, distribution, and use
  • Individual with expertise in behavior change, public attitudes, and social marketing, particularly in the energy sector.
  • Individual with expertise in applied ethics and public policy to support the understanding of the social impacts of new energy technologies
  • Individual with expertise in ecological modeling which may include time series analysis, spatial statistics, hierarchical models and Bayesian statistics that can be applied to natural resource management including assessment of bioenergy potentials and impacts
The position requires instruction in undergraduate and graduate coursework in both core disciplinary courses as well as a renewable energy curriculum. Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research will be expected to both develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program to further the WBI mission. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen and capitalize on strong ties with industry, institutions and government agencies, and to become a nationally and internationally recognized individual. The individual will also contribute to UW-Madison's strong commitment to faculty governance and the Wisconsin Idea through department, university, professional, and public service.

The UW-Madison campus is located in the heart of the city of Madison that offers an unsurpassed vibrant living and learning community.

How to apply:

Applications should include a comprehensive curriculum, application letter, teaching statement, and proposed research and funding plan and should be sent to

The University of Wisconsin is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas.

Appointment type:  Faculty
Full time salary rate: Minimum $70,000 ACADEMIC (9 months), depending on Qualifications
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: AUGUST 24, 2010
Number of positions: 4

To ensure consideration

Application must be received by: JANUARY 30, 2010
For more information, see here and here.