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Asst/Assoc Professor of Practice & Lab Manager

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

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Asst/Assoc Professor of Practice & Lab Manager

Classification Title:

12-Mo Non-Tenure Track Faculty


College of Engineering (Col)



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Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Primary Purpose of Department:

EPIC was formed in response to the need for highly trained engineers qualified to meet the demands of the energy industry. EPIC is an industry/education partnership that produces a technical workforce, creates advancements in technology for the global energy industry, and supports the Carolinas’ multi-state economic and energy security. The EPIC initiative includes a 200,000 square foot, $76 million building that opened in July 2012. It houses classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms, a clean room, a smart grid facility, and offices and laboratories for electrical, civil, environmental and computer research related to energy and energy delivery infrastructure; space for industrial partners is also available. The EPIC Building features several power laboratories on the ground floor (G-130). See for more information. The successful candidate will be expected to consistently use the EPIC power labs for basic and applied research involving large power components and power hardware in the loop testing.

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Non-Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate teaching goals.

Teaching – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching (including lab, studio, or production management) may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, and grading student work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) invites applications for a non-tenured Teaching Assistant/ Associate/ Professor position in the area of power engineering and advanced manufacturing, with emphasis on large-scale power component manufacturing and / or power converter development.

The main purpose of the position is to guide the day to day research operations in the EPIC Flexible Energy Research Laboratory Suite (FEL) which is an advanced electric power research facility where researchers design and test controls and algorithms for power processing technologies and machine drives, evaluate high voltage cable and insulation components, and perform advanced grid modernization research.

The position is expected to execute research tasks on various projects conducted in the FEL and to guide and teach students on the set up and use of the laboratory equipment. The Professor of Practice (PoP) is expected to utilize the equipment in the FEL to complete essential research tasks. The position is expected to work as a principle investigator (PI) or with various principle investigators (PIs) to help in designing and completing tasks for various research projects, including simulation studies.

The Professor of Practice (PoP) will also work directly with students and provide them the opportunity to understand and develop skills in scientific research. This includes developing their analytical skills so they can establish research based on fundamentals of flexible energy engineering and validate the tests and models. Additionally, this position will instruct students in power engineering and power electronics utilizing the EPIC Flexible Energy Laboratory and equipment such as its load cycle current test systems and energy grid testing systems. The incumbent will instruct the students how to utilize testing tools for practical development of ideas that may lead to new technology. Each year the PoP will help assess, evaluate, and continuously improve student learning using data, lessons learned, and input from key stakeholders. He or she is also responsible for safety training for the EPIC FEL.

The position will be responsible for keeping the EPIC Flexible Energy Laboratory lab records and models of experiments in good operational order. The incumbent will maintain records of FEL inventory and manage ordering of FEL lab supplies and equipment. The incumbent will establish and maintain service records of FEL lab equipment. The incumbent will instruct/train undergraduate and graduate students in the standard methods of research. Publish results at conferences and in journals, and seek additional funding to support of the FEL lab.

Additionally the Professor of Practice is responsible for managing the FEL recharge unit. The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to develop appropriate testing and technical services using the FEL equipment. They will calculate the recharge rates and create quotes and invoices for both internal and external clients. As lab manager, the position is responsible for hiring and managing student and temp employees that will assist in providing the recharge unit services.

Candidates must have a PhD in Mechanical and / or Electrical Power Engineering with good experience in power systems and advanced manufacturing. Preference will be given to candidates with at least five years of professional work experience in an engineering-related position. Candidates must be able to work independently and with a diverse team; demonstrate excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills; and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment that serves a diverse student population as well as faculty, alumni, and industry.

Finally the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to EPIC, departmental, college, and university service.

Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned masters and/or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

Candidates must have a PhD in Mechanical or Electric Power Engineering with good experience in power systems and advanced manufacturing. Preference will be given to candidates with at least five years of professional work experience in an engineering-related position. Candidates must be able to work independently and with a diverse team; demonstrate excellent leadership, organizational, and communication skills; and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment that serves a diverse student population as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and industry.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications:

Professional Engineers License or the ability to obtain a PE license in North Carolina.

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About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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