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Institution:University of South Carolina
Department:Chemical Engineering
Location:Columbia, South Carolina
Target rank:Endowed Chair
Tenure track:yes
Start date:flexible
Posting date:October 27, 2010
Application deadline:none
Contact: Suzanne Wofford
Research areas:Environment/sustainability

The University of South Carolina is seeking an outstanding candidate for the Center of Economic Excellence Chair in Renewable Fuels for the Fuel Cell Economy. This person will provide strategic leadership for the overall scientific direction of this endowed chair and is expected to contribute to the University’s pre-eminent energy-related research and technology efforts.

This endowed chair will strengthen an existing group of catalyst scientists and electrochemical engineers. This chair will leverage major funded programs and internationally-recognized research in electrochemical energy systems, particularly fuel cells, hydrogen storage and delivery, catalysis, and electrocatalysis. This initiative is enhanced by participation of several global companies in the Industry/University Center for Fuel Cells, as well as university, regional, and state commitments to development of fuel cells and clean, renewable fuels. The broad research theme envisioned for this chair is in the area of novel catalytic materials for the production of a variety of fuels from renewable sources.

Candidates must possess a doctorate in a relevant engineering or science discipline, and are expected to have credentials and a record of achievement consistent with the granting of tenure at the rank of professor.

The following standards of performance are expected of the recipients of this endowed chair: Continuing record of scholarly and creative endeavors; leadership in and across academic units and collaborations with scholars within as well as external to one’s own university and with the private sector; pursuit of activities that enhance the reputation of the university; generation of additional private, governmental, foundation and other external grants and funds; innovative leadership and mentoring of students and other faculty; attraction of high quality students; and evidence of the ability to promote and develop "enhanced economic opportunities in knowledge-based industries for all South Carolinians" and generate employment opportunities through development of related licenses and patents.

Applications should include a current resume, a research vision and strategy for the implementation of this vision, and the names and affiliations of at least three references. Applications will be kept confidential within the extent allowed by state law. Nominations and applications should be addressed to

Renewable Fuels COEE Search Committee
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

and sent electronically to wofforcs@cec.sc.edu

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Applications from underrepresented minority groups and women are especially encouraged.