Oregon State University (OSU) is seeking to hire a Director for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) at OSU. The NNMREC Director at OSU is a 12-month fixed term, half-time (0.5 FTE) position reporting to the OSU Vice President for Research. Reappointment is at the pleasure of the Vice President. The incumbent Director will also hold a 9-month tenured position within the College of Engineering and must meet the College's standards for tenured appointment. While serving as the NNMREC Director at OSU, the tenured faculty portion of the appointment will be half-time (0.5 FTE).
NNMREC is a research consortium between OSU, the University of Washington, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks that was established in 2008 through competitive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It has since expanded to include over $50M in research funding and over $45M for testing and test facilities through support from DOE, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, state agencies, and private corporations. NNMREC's mission is to enable the sustainable development and advancement of wave, current, and offshore wind energy through research, development, and testing. This includes closing key gaps in scientific understanding, informing regulatory and policy decisions, and facilitating commercialization. At OSU, NNMREC includes over 20 affiliate faculty members and has a focus on student growth and development. NNMREC works closely with a variety of stakeholders, including marine energy device developers, community members, ocean users, federal and state regulators, and government officials.
The NNMREC Director at OSU will work with the other NNMREC Directors at UW and UAF, and the Director of the PMEC South Energy Test Site to lead the program with a clear vision, work effectively with University faculty, administration, and a broad range of external stakeholders to stimulate interdisciplinary research efforts. The NNMREC Director at OSU will need to communicate effectively with federal funding agencies and federal and state legislators and their staffs, and have strong team-building skills. The Director will help maintain NNMREC's leadership status in marine energy research development and testing, continue to expand NNMREC's research capabilities and funding sources, and encourage marine energy industries to partner with NNMREC.
The OSU College of Engineering consists of five multidisciplinary schools. They are the Schools of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering; Civil and Construction Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering; and Nuclear Science and Engineering. The tenure line associated with the Director will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and will lie in the particular School that best matches the incumbent's area of expertise. Partial appointments in other academic units are also possible.
Oregon State University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and provides a welcoming atmosphere with unique professional opportunities for leaders from underrepresented groups. COE ranks high nationally (3rd among land-grant institutions) in terms of the percentage of female faculty.
OSU is located in Corvallis, OR with approximately 26,000 students enrolled. The College of Engineering is the largest college with approximately 9,000 students. OSU is situated on a beautiful 400-acre campus. Corvallis is a community of 55,000 people in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene, and is an idyllic college town. It has been rated one of America's most livable small cities for its classic structures, tree-lined streets, and Willamette River frontage. Corvallis has been recognized as one of the best college towns, one of the top ten places to live, having the highest Peace Corps volunteers per capita, the most green buildings per capita, and was ranked #1 in patents per capita. Located about 90 miles south of Portland, a major urban area with an international airport and thriving industry, and about 40 miles from the state capitol in Salem, Corvallis sits in the middle of Oregon's finest recreational and scenic areas: ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the rugged Cascade and Coast mountain ranges are all within a short driving distance.
Typically requires Ph.D. or terminal degree in related field. Tenure/tenure-track faculty member.
Demonstrated experience leading collaborative, interdisciplinary research.
Ph.D. in a field relevant to marine renewable energy.
Achievement in scholarship and creative activity that establishes the individual as a significant contributor to the field, with potential for distinction.
Proven record of successfully securing competitive funding at the federal/national level.
Demonstrated ability to establish effective relationships with university faculty.
Demonstrated experience working effectively with partners; for example, government agencies, representatives of research institutions, entrepreneurs, and industry.
Demonstrated potential for effective teaching and mentoring.
Demonstrated familiarity with marine renewable energy.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
Some travel required.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon?s natural wonders.Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, ...natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state?s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.As Oregon?s leading public research university, with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year, Oregon State?s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon?s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion.Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They can choose from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs, including over 30 degrees online offered through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in areas such as conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology.Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. And our students literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality. For more information visithttp://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm.The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a Historic District, making Oregon State one of only a handful of U.S. university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes such icons as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union and Benton Hall, the oldest building on the oldest building on campus.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.