Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute & Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency

Davis, California
Jan 07, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of California, Davis seeks a recognized leader in energy-efficiency technologies, engineering, and/or policy to lead the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI) as its faculty Director. The Director will be appointed as a tenured Associate or Full Professor within one or more departments of the College of Engineering. The Director will also hold the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency.

EEI is a Special Research Program under the UC Davis Office of Research that directs applied research through stakeholder engagement, innovation, research and development, education and outreach. With deep roots in energy efficiency, EEI has recently been branching out to encompass a broader energy-systems perspective, including topics such as energy storage and microgrids, energy economics, whole-building retrofits, indoor environmental quality, energy and water use in food and agriculture, and market transformation. EEI comprises three core centers: the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), the Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC), and the Center for Water Energy Efficiency (CWEE). Its researchers collaborate with a diverse range of faculty across campus in interdisciplinary research endeavors such as the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Research Center, and the Program for International Energy Technologies (PIET). EEI is also responsible for ongoing administration of the recently launched Energy Graduate Group (started Fall 2017), which organizes Masters- and PhD-level degree programs in several fields. More information about EEI can be found at

The Director will join an academic environment with an interdisciplinary culture among faculty, staff, and students who are dedicated to the Institute’s mission. S/he will provide leadership in organizing, managing, and communicating the Institute’s research, teaching, and outreach efforts and will actively participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching, conduct research, and provide service to the university and the public. Building on the Institute’s strong positioning for State and Federal funding opportunities, the Director is expected to lead efforts internally across campus, and externally in concert with strategic stakeholders, to secure multi-million-dollar, multi-year research contracts that advance the Institute’s and associated centers’ research and education goals.

To be considered, applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a relevant energy-efficiency related field, outstanding leadership and administrative experience, a record of accomplishment in teaching, research, and outreach, and demonstrated ability to initiate, coordinate, and conduct research and educational programs in one or more areas of energy-efficiency science, technology, design, business, sociology, law, and/or policy. The applicant must also have strong interpersonal and relationship skills and demonstrated experience working effectively with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds, interests, and positions both within and outside the University of California. Demonstrated skill in obtaining overhead-bearing and gift extramural funds is expected.

The University California, Davis has engaged Opus Partners ( to support the recruitment of this position. Craig Smith, PhD, Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest and qualifications and curriculum vitae/resume to marisea.river[email protected] Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should be sent to the same address. The position is open until filled. Applications received by March 1, 2019 will receive full consideration. Every effort will be made to preserve candidate confidentiality.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.