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New Power Engineering Faculty Position Announcement

Position Announcement

Title: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor – Nicholas E. Madonna Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Search #2020199

Campus/Location: Storrs Campus

Subject Area: Power Systems Engineering

Position Summary

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and Eversource Energy Center (EEC) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) solicit applications for the Nicholas E. Madonna Endowed Professorship, a tenure-track faculty position at the associate or full professor level.  Strong applicants at the assistant professor level will also be considered. The position has an expected start date of August 23, 2021.  The successful candidate will advance education and research in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department with a particular emphasis in power systems engineering or related specialties and lead EEC’s research programs in the area of grid modernization.

In addition, candidates whose scholarship and background is well-aligned with entrepreneurship, commercialization, and economic development are particularly encouraged to apply for additional tenure track positions at all ranks. Such candidates, in addition to excellence in their field of expertise, must demonstrate a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur or technology innovator.

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

The ECE Department (http://www.ee.uconn.edu) is ABET accredited and ranks in the top 50 nationally according to the latest NRC rankings].  The EEC has an endowment that exceeds $10M with state-of-the-art facilities including a high-end grid simulator and is investing in research programs indistributed energy resources in the power grid and grid modernization methods.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and sustain an internationally-recognized and externally-funded research program in power systems engineering. The position offers the successful candidate, at the associate or full professor level, the Nicholas E. Madonna Endowed Professorship.  The individual appointed to the Professorship will be a nationally or internationally recognized researcher, scholar, and teacher, and will have made significant contributions to power systems engineering.

The successful candidate must also share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development.

It is the expectation that the candidate will enhance inclusion and broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; as demonstrated through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement, strengthen the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a research focus on power systems engineering with emphasis on advanced power systems and grid modernization
  • Contribute to the ECE Department academic, research and outreach mission and the mission of EEC.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses that meet the curricular needs of the ECE department.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Provide service and leadership to the University of Connecticut, to external academic and scientific communities, and to the general public.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field by the time of the appointment. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  2. Research credentials in Electrical and Computer Engineering specifically power system engineering.
  3. A background that provides preparation for teaching excellence in undergraduate and graduate courses in ECE.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills.
  6. Demonstrated success in original research, and publication of that work in archival journals.
  7. Experience with oral presentations at national or international scientific meetings.
  8. Candidates should have established significant research programs with a track record of securing external funding as well as demonstration of a leadership role as the PI of large research grants.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Research credentials that complements existing faculty expertise.
  2. Experience in collaboration with industry.

This is a 9-month tenure-track position with an expected start date of August 23, 2021. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of work at UConn’s regional campuses across the state. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications.

Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit the following and include your last name as well as search #2020009 in the document title for each document submitted:

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum Vita
  • A three- to five- page research plan (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of students, etc.)
  • A two-to-three page teaching plan (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
  • Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct four reference writersto submit letters of reference on your behalf.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search 2020199)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

Direct inquiries to Mary P. McCarthy (mary.p.mccarthy@uconn.edu)

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Published: October 28, 2020

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