Faculty Position in Electrochemical Conversion and Energy Storage - University of California, Irvine

The Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) is interested in receiving applications from faculty candidates in power generation and energy conversion associated with electrochemical conversion and energy storage in fuel cell systems. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the leadership of the National Fuel Cell Research Center. This faculty hiring initiative is associated with a UC Irvine program to advance and sustain the standing of major university centers. The appointment is expected in either the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Advanced Electrochemical Conversion and Energy Storage. Fuel cells and related electrochemical conversion devices and systems (e.g., electrolyzers, batteries, flow batteries) have unique features that make them essential to achieving sustainable energy in the future. Dispatchable power and energy storage with zero criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions are possible with fuel cell and related electrochemical conversion systems and technologies which can be applied in concert with intermittent renewable power sources to enable energy sustainability. Clean and efficient delivery of power and energy resources requires more than the isolated improvement or optimization of individual components; rather, integrated electrochemical and energy storage systems must be advanced in the context of larger energy infrastructure and systems and societal demand and renewable power dynamics. The successful applicant will conduct transdisciplinary collaborative research with faculty in transportation studies, air and water resources, power electronics, hydrometeorology, and other disciplines.