Sustainability science for emerging technologies

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Open Faculty Position Mellichamp Chair
Job Institution: 
University of California, Santa Barbara
Job Description: 

Mellichamp Chair on Sustainability Science for Emerging Technologies

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management - UCSB


The University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a faculty position in the area of sustainability science for emerging technologies, to start July 1, 2018 or later. Technologies not only provide goods and services but also have a profound impact on the environment. There are a number of emerging technologies that have the potential to markedly reduce the human footprint at the global level, in terms of energy, water, emissions of contaminants and other impacts. We seek an individual whose research involves quantitative evaluation of the relationship between emerging technologies and the sustainable provision of goods and services. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent at the time of hire.


To address the relationship between technology and the environment, the University of California, Santa Barbara has approved a cluster of four endowed chair positions with a common theme of “Sustainable Materials and Product Design”. The research interests of other chair holders encompass green chemistry, sustainable manufacturing, and sustainable catalytic processing. This faculty position, “Sustainability Science”, will be hosted by the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, although joint appointments can also be considered. All four Chairs are expected to work together closely to foster broad and interdisciplinary research and education in chemical and technological sustainability. Please see our website for more information:


We welcome research focused on technology evaluation, choice and design, policy design and evaluation, the governance of technology development and innovation, and other related areas of research. Experience in sustainable development of emerging economies is desirable. The successful candidate will bring a strong research program around more sustainable technologies based on quantitative analyses.


Applicants should submit to :1) cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of research 4) statement of teaching 5) five selected publications 6) optional statement on contributions to diversity and 7) provide names of at least four references, to be contacted only with your written approval. If you have any questions please send your request to For fullest consideration, all materials should be received by January 30, 2018, although the position remains open until filled. We have extended the initial review date to March 1, 2018 and encourage interested people complete document submission by this date.


The Bren School is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.