Interdisciplinary Energy, Law, and Policy Scholar

Penn State University
  • Location
    University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

The Pennsylvania State University seeks to hire an interdisciplinary energy law and policy scholar for a position that will be a joint hire between Penn State Law (the tenure home), and the College of Engineering, School of International Affairs, and Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS). The appointment may be at the assistant, associate, or full professor level. Candidates must have: a J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree; a degree (B.S. or higher) in engineering or other quantitative discipline; an interest in using high-performance computing to analyze energy law and policy (such as through big-data work or complex formal modeling); a distinguished academic record and demonstrated potential to produce high-quality scholarship; and a background appropriate for serving as a principal investigator for large-scale, grant-based research. The candidate’s research agenda should focus on energy law and policy as informed by the analysis of large data (e.g., big data analysis, numerical simulations, and/or high-performance computing). Examples of relevant policy areas include—but are not limited to— energy sources (fossil fuels, nuclear energy, alternative energy sources); energy generation and distribution (utility infrastructure, electric grids, battery technology); energy security (physical and cyber security); and efficient uses of energy (smart grids and meters, distributed energy networks, energy-efficient buildings, pollution control techniques). Penn State is the land-grant university of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is composed of 24 campuses throughout the state. The position is located on Penn State’s largest campus in University Park, PA, home to over 45,000 graduate and undergraduate students. With over 160 graduate degree programs, Penn State’s graduate program is one of the largest in the nation, fostering numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. The Institute for CyberScience (ICS), one of Penn State’s five university-wide research institutes, connects researchers from numerous disciplines to answer critical scientific questions and societal issues through cyber-enabled research and methodology. ICS has over 280 affiliated faculty, including 24 tenure-track co-hired faculty, engaged in interdisciplinary computation and data enabled research. ICS also operates the ICS Advanced Cyber Infrastructure (ICS-ACI), Penn State’s high-performance research cloud. 

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