Presidential Professor in Ocean Engineering and Energy

The College of Engineering at the University of Maine invites applications for the Presidential Professor in Ocean Engineering and Energy.
This tenure-track position is expected to be filled at the rank of associate or full professor depending on qualifications. Candidates with credentials commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure are encouraged to apply. Candidates with significant industrial experience are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate's appointment will be either in the Department of Mechanical Engineering or Civil and Environmental Engineering. The candidate's research home for developing and leading major research programs will be the Advanced Structures and Composites Center's W2 Wind-Wave basin facility.
This is an on-going, tenure stream appointment. Initial appointment to the named professorship is for five years with reappointment contingent upon performance.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The candidate will be expected to lead research programs through the Advanced Structures and Composites Center's W2 Wind-Wave basin. The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise. Teaching load, as well as undergraduate advising requirements, will be commensurate with their level of research productivity.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, naval architecture, civil engineering, or a closely related field. The successful candidate must have expertise in design and modeling of structures in the ocean environment, including fluid-structure interaction as well as coupled aeroelastic and hydrodynamic models for offshore wind and other floating ocean structures. Experience in the basin physical testing of floating devices subjected to wind and wave simulating offshore conditions is also required. Experience in designing, constructing, deploying, and physical testing of ocean structures such as: semisubmersible, spar and tension leg platforms; tidal energy structures; and floating or fixed bottom wind turbines is desirable. The candidate must be a research leader and have demonstrated ability to lead a team of graduate students, early to mid-career engineers and scientists, and to secure and manage large research projects focused on innovative offshore energy and other ocean technologies.
The Alfond W2 Wind-Wave simulation basin at UMaine features a unique rotatable high-performance wind machine over a multidirectional wave basin. The wind machine can simulate wind shear effects over the wave basin and the basin has a movable floor to simulate variable water depths. In addition, the offshore wind laboratory has the ability to test up to 70-m long wind blades. These facilities are part of the 100,000 square foot Advanced Structures and Composites Center that integrates design, manufacturing, and testing of advanced composite structures. The value of the facilities and equipment, which was established by a grant from the National Science Foundation in 1996, is about $100-million. The Center has received top research awards in North America and employs 150 full and part-time faculty, researchers, and support staff from 30 different academic departments.
The University of Maine is a world leader in floating offshore wind turbine technology development. In 2013, UMaine designed, constructed and deployed the first grid-connected floating offshore wind turbine in the US, and is now leading US efforts to deploy two 6 MW floating turbines 14 miles off the Maine coast, funded in part through a $40-million US Dept of Energy grant. This project is part of a major effort to tap Maine's unique deepwater offshore wind potential, which is estimated to be 156 GW within 50 nautical miles of the shore, and to deploy floating offshore wind technologies in the US. Permitting of offshore wind demonstration facilities within State waters has been streamlined under State statute. Industry has been engaged globally to participate in these efforts.
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research vision, and 4) a statement of teaching vision; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin January 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Academic Year (Sept-May)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Research Philosophy, Resume/CV, Teaching Philosophy

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