Director of RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) at The University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York, is seeking an outstanding researcher, scholar and visionary leader to serve as the Inaugural Director of the newly launched signature UB RENEW Institute, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to research and education on globally pressing problems in energy, environment, and water. To lead the development of UB RENEW most effectively, the Director, in addition to having outstanding research credentials in an appropriate area, will also have a successful track record of developing and leading interdisciplinary teams. As well as expanding his/her own research program, the Director will lead the hiring of approximately 20 UB RENEW faculty and their integration with the existing 100 faculty, and programs and departments across the Schools of Architecture and Planning, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law, Management, and Public Health and Health Professions, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

UB RENEW is a central component of the Realizing UB 2020 Initiative, which is focused on building UB’s reputation as a leader in research, scholarship and innovation in the global community of scholars, and consequently it will be established with a significant university investment. UB RENEW will increase the visibility and stature of UB by integrating its activities with those of community partners and parallel efforts across the 64-campus SUNY system, including participation in the SUNY Network of Excellence in Energy, Environment, Economics, and Education.

The Director will serve as the executive officer responsible for the overall management of UB RENEW, and in this capacity will report to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. She/He will hold the highest level of academic appointment, potentially in multiple departments or schools, and will work with faculty and university leadership to attract additional external support from granting agencies, foundations, and private donors. Candidates should thus have a track record of productive and well-funded basic and/or applied research and demonstrated ability in working collaboratively within the academy, and also with state and local governments, not-for-profit organizations, and the business community.

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Review of applications will begin March 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The search will be conducted in strict confidence until finalists participate in campus visits. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidates.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, statements of teaching philosophy and research goals along with the names and contact information for five references. Further enquiries, applications or nominations should be addressed to: Bruce D. McCombe, SUNY Distinguished Professor, and Chair, UB RENEW Director Search Committee, 516 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 14260,

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, persons with disabilities and disabled veterans. University at Buffalo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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