Materials Science and Engineering


Functional Materials for Energy Storage and Harvesting


Assistant or Associate Professor

Discovery Themes Focus Areas

Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU) invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of functional materials for energy storage and harvesting.  Appointment will be at the assistant and associate professor level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidates.  This position is partially funded by the OSU Discovery Themes, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact.

The position in functional materials for energy storage and harvesting is part of a multi-departmental cluster hiring strategy within the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme at OSU.  We welcome outstanding applicants in all areas of experimental research relevant to functional materials for energy storage, conversion and harvesting, including chemical, ionic, thermal and electronic transport. The position is specifically included in a cohort focused on energy storage and related technologies that connect materials with chemistry and systems and we seek superb candidates who have an interest in and penchant for interdisciplinary research.  This hire is central to the creation of a new, multidisciplinary energy storage research hub that is part of a world-class network of laboratories and centers, ranging from electron microscopy to nanofabrication, to energy conversion and storage systems testbeds that involves faculty from multiple departments.


We seek individuals who are ardent discoverers and passionate teachers and mentors, with demonstrated records of scholarship, collaboration, and evidence or promise for interdisciplinary leadership in an academic and/or R&D environment. Candidates must have an exceptional record of research accomplishment, strong evidence or promise for outstanding mentorship and teaching, and a clear potential for future contributions and leadership.  A doctoral degree in materials science and engineering or in a related field appropriate to the scope of the position of interest is required. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and sustain active sponsored research programs, teach core undergraduate and/or graduate courses, and develop new graduate courses related to their research expertise. The candidate should have experience developing or working in interdisciplinary research teams and experience mentoring members of underrepresented groups. The anticipated start date is August 2016. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.


Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a complete curriculum vitae, separate 2-3 page statements of research and teaching goals, and the names, postal addresses, and e-mail addresses of four references electronically. Applications should be submitted to: Solid state materials for energy conversion and storage:


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF ADVANCE Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.