Assistant Professor, Energy Conversion and Propulsion

As part of a hiring campaign, the University of Central Florida (UCF) recently established six interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we hired three tenure-earning assistant professors this past year and will hire an additional two tenure-earning/tenured assistant, associate or full professors into this newly established cluster: Rational Design of Catalysts for Energy Applications and Propulsion ( ). Of these positions, at least one may be considered at the associate or full professor level, commensurate with prior experience and record. These positions will build on our existing strengths in catalysis science and engineering. Applications of interest to the cluster include, but are not limited to, fuel cells, biomimetic catalysis, artificial photosynthesis, thermo-chemical processing of biomass, photocatalytic production of fuels, and combustion catalysts.


Faculty in these interdisciplinary positions will be expected to strengthen both the research cluster and their tenure home department (physics, chemistry, mechanical and aerospace engineering, material science and engineering, or environmental engineering). Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup are expected with these three positions. Each new faculty member will have a unique interdisciplinary mentoring team to foster intellectual breadth and to facilitate integrative capacity to strengthen the success of the cluster. With mutual consent, candidates will have the option of choosing their tenure home department.


The University of Central Florida is the nation’s second-largest university with more than 64,000 students. UCF has grown substantially in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit