Open Position: Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute

Monday, April 16, 2018

The University of Michigan Energy Institute is seeking a Director. The previous Director, Dr. Mark Barteau, has joined Texas A&M as the Vice President for Research. A full position description and a link to apply are available here: Please note: the application deadline has been extended to May 7, 2018. If you’d like to discuss the position informally, please contact Search Chair Jeff Sakamoto at

The University of Michigan seeks nominations and applications for the next Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute.  The Institute develops, coordinates, and fosters multidisciplinary energy research and education at U-M that combines public policy, economics, and social science with physical science and engineering while working to promote a secure, affordable, and sustainable energy future.

Collaborative organizations at U-M with ties to the UMEI include Mcity, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, the Center for Sustainable Systems, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and the Center for the Study of Complex Systems.  Details regarding the Institute’s programs can be found at

The Director’s overarching responsibility is to provide strategic vision and dynamic leadership for cross-university energy research that will build on the exceptional strengths of U-M, position it as a global leader in the field, and positively impact the nation and the world.

Reporting to the Vice President for Research, and supported by the academic leadership on campus and with input from an external advisory board, the Energy Institute Director is expected to be a leading expert in an energy-related field of science (physical, biological, or social), technology, and/or public policy. The Director will catalyze energy-related research, education, and outreach activities among the faculty, and provide leadership across the University in multi-disciplinary work related to these fields. The Director will help set the strategic goals for the energy-related research and educational activities of the institute and drive the development of institutional priorities with respect to resource allocation and faculty recruitment/development. Additionally, the Director will engage with potential sponsors and donors to communicate the vision and potential of the Institute and its unique position in the field of sustainable energy. He or she will serve as the public face of the University of Michigan’s energy-related activities and champion the development of external resources for the Institute including government, industry, and foundation relationships.

While a focus on instituting a systematic campus outreach program that elevates the visibility of UMEI and its activities across U-M through seminars, workshops, colloquia, and the like, will figure in this role, the position is structured to permit a senior researcher with leadership and management strengths to direct the Institute without limiting involvement in his or her own research activities.

The successful candidate will possess outstanding skills of leadership, collaboration, and organization-building with a demonstrated commitment to building a high quality operation in this arena. Strong preference will be given to interested candidates who hold a full professor level faculty appointment at the University of Michigan.