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Advanced Grid Institute Director

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Advanced Grid Institute Director

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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

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Energy Systems Innovation Center

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Energy Systems Innovation Center

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Summary of Duties:

•The director helps develop and carry out the mission, vision, and values of AGI, while representing AGI internally to WSU and PNNL, and externally to the power research community, industry and government.
•The director provides leadership in increasing research and discretionary funding of AGI through Federal programs and industry support including large multi-disciplinary research projects.
•The director provides leadership in increasing partnerships and collaborations with industry, universities, and other research institutions.
•The director facilititates effective collaborations among AGI team members.
•The director represents and enhances the visibility and recognition of the WSU and PNNL programs in electric power engineering, and helps grow the power programs at the two institutions.
•The director serves as a role-model of a successful and well-recognized faculty member.

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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Office of Research at Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA, are seeking applications for the Director of the newly formed Advanced Grid Institute (AGI).
The AGI is a joint institute between WSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) dedicated to modernizing the grid. (https://thewsu-pnnlinstitutes.labworks.org/advancedgrid/). It is envisioned to be the leader in modeling and simulation of the power grid to enable advanced controls and operations for the resilient sustainable power system of the future.
The AGI Director is responsible for leading the WSU / PNNL team in representing the AGI mission, vision and values to the national power system stakeholder community. As the face of AGI, the Director assumes a high-profile role to publicly represent the internationally renowned academic and research programs at WSU and PNNL in electric power engineering.
This is a unique opportunity for the qualified individual to guide AGI towards world leadership in modernizing the sustainable power grid of the future by combining and growing the strengths of the existing outstanding power system programs at WSU and PNNL.
The WSU power program has a long history of excellence in electrical power and energy systems, and is part of the School of EECS located in the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA). The School of EECS provides students with first-rate preparation for careers in electrical engineering, computer science, software engineering, and computer engineering. The power systems engineering program is ranked among the top five in the nation in number of faculty, students, and research expenditure.
WSU’s power program consists of thirteen faculty members and four staff in EECS who specialize in teaching and research in electric power engineering including a member of the National Academy of Engineering and four fellows of IEEE. This core group is complemented by over 20 affiliated faculty members from other departments across the university together forming the multi-disciplinary research center, Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC). The power program’s annual research expenditures are about $5M, with approximately 60 graduate students and a dozen post-docs and visiting researchers. WSU power faculty collaborate closely with the power industry, many research institutions around the world, and various government organizations. (https://esic.wsu.edu/). WSU is also a member of Power System Engineering Research Center (PSERC) that is a consortium of 12 leading universities and 27 industry partners.
PNNL is partnering closely with Department of Energy (DOE), other national labs, industry, WSU, and other academia to modernize the grid and achieve a more secure, robust, and vibrant energy infrastructure. Among DOE national labs, PNNL has the largest team of power engineering scientists working on approximately $70M annually in power grid related research for DOE, utilities and vendors. PNNL stewards the Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center which houses two research control room environments, hosts significant grid data sets and models for utility and DOE clients, and has hosted numerous pioneering efforts in high performance power systems modeling and analytics that are enabling new paradigems in grid operations and control. PNNL is a co-lead for the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) and is involved in 40 GMLC projects on grid architecture, control theory, standards for grid services and foundational analysis. (https://energyenvironment.pnnl.gov/ei/)
The AGI Director is expected to have the qualifications to hold an appointment as a full professor in EECS and to maintain a joint appointment at PNNL.

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Full Time

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Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

•A record of scholarly achievement appropriate for appointment as a full professor.
•An earned doctorate in electrical engineering or a closely related field.
•Demonstrated technical leadership in electric power systems.
•Demonstrated management and leadership skills in academic, research institution and/or professional setting with excellent communication skills.
•Record of engagement with external constituents in industry, academia and government both nationally and internationally.
•Demonstrated expertise in leading multiple major academic and industrial institutions in the conduct of research and industry adoption of new concepts.
•Due to the partnership with PNNL and their security requirements ability to provide proof of US citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Demonstrated track record with leading energy system consortia and/or regional energy planning and operational stakeholders in the application of leading analytic and modeling concepts for grid resilience, reliability and modernization.
•Ability to interact effectively and professionally with a wide range of people representing the various disciplines in Universities and National Laboratories.
•Proven record of working with an advisory board and other external constituents.

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Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are required to submit an electronic application at www.wsu.edu/jobs including:

1) a cover letter indicating the reasons for interest in the position and a summary of qualifications.

2)Applications should also include a statement of personal views on the research directions in electric power and energy, on the administration of research centers, and on the strategic leadership needed for their continuing growth(up to three pages).

3) a detailed curriculum vita,

4) contact information for four references.

Additionally, applicants invited to the preliminary interview stage will be requested to provide four (4) letters of recommendation. Letters will be automatically requested and obtained from the reference provided through the WSU online application system.

Application review will begin on June 21, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment either in August 2019 or January 2020.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 1/9/2021
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