Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences - Energy - Western Washington University

  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences - Energy  

About the Position:
The Department of Environmental Sciences within the Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track position focusing on the environmental management of energy generation and use.  The position is at the rank of Assistant Professor and begins on September 16, 2014.  We seek an individual with teaching and research interests in environmental science and a strong commitment to undergraduate education.  The person chosen will receive an academic appointment in the Environmental Sciences Department and will have an ongoing and formal affiliation with WWU's Institute for Energy Studies ( The position entails teaching, advisement, research, community engagement and service that support the Department, the Institute and the University.  This opening is part of a broad Institute venture that includes several new faculty lines in the science, engineering, environmental policy, and economics of energy.  

About Wester, Huxley and the Department of Environmental Sciences: 
Western Washington University is ranked as the top public comprehensive university in the Pacific Northwest.  With about 15,000 students, WWU is located in beautiful Bellingham, close to both the Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea; it is about midway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.  Its mission is to serve the State of Washington and beyond by brining 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.   

Western's Huxley College of the Environment is the oldest interdisciplinary environmental studies college in the U.S. It is known nationally and internationally for its excellence in educating the next generation of environmental leaders.  Huxley's academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world.  The mission of the Department of Environmental Studies is to be a regional partner and professionals in the environmental sciences.  The department strives to further Western's identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates. 

Position Responsibilities: 
The successful candidate will maintain an externally funded research program involving undergraduate and masters students and collaborate effectively with researchers within and beyond the department.  Successful candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Teaching responsibilities will include core environmental science and energy courses as well as advanced courses in his or her area of specialization.  

Required Qualificaitons 

  • PhD in environmental studies, energy, engineering, or related field
  • Expertise in the environmental or natural resources impacts associated with human use of energy
  • Research or employment experience in the field of energy  
  • Demonstrated strong research ability
  • Demonstrated experience or potential to teach courses in energy and environmental sciences
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Post-doctoral research in academia, government or industry
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
  • Ability to develop an externally-funded research program involving undergraduate and masters-level students  
  • Interdisciplinary teaching experience

Academic Emphasis:
The successful candidate will have expertise in the environmental or natural resources impacts associated with human use of energy with a foundation in environmental sciences, energy, engineering, or a closely related field.  Possible areas of specialization include the intersection of energy with greenhouse gas mitigation, atmospheric sciences, contaminant remediation, life-cycle analysis, and risk assessment. 

Job Location: 
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: 
United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: 
All application materials must be submitted electronically via Western's Electronic Application System for Employment at Applications should include a cover letter describing teaching and research qualifications and experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references in the Cover Letters and Attachments section of the application system. 

Other information:
Applicants can contact or direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Andy Bunn at 

Job Posted: 

Closing Date Notes: 
Review of applications begins December 1, 2013 and continues until position is filled. 

Recruitment #: 13752

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, peoples with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and 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 is ints programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & 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);

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