As part of a hiring campaign, the University of Central Florida (UCF) recently established several interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are hiring two more tenure-earning assistant professors into a newly established cluster: Rational Design of Catalysts for Energy Applications and Propulsion (  One of the positions may be considered at associate or full professor level, commensurate with the prior experience and record. These positions will build on our existing strengths in catalysis science and engineering. Applications of interest to the cluster include, but are not limited to, fuel cells, biomimetic catalysis, artificial photosynthesis, thermo-chemical processing of biomass, energy recovery from waste and wastewater, catalytic treatment of energy-related emissions, photocatalytic production of fuels, and combustion catalysts.  Ideal candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field related to the cluster and will have a strong background and track record of experimental research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Synthesis of alternative fuels
  • Chemical-, photo-, or bio-catalysis at the nanoscale
  • Chemical-, photo-, or bio-catalysis for large-scale reactor design
  • Catalysis for waste, water, and wastewater treatment, or catalytic air pollution control

Faculty in these interdisciplinary positions will be expected to strengthen both the research cluster and their tenure home department (civil, environmental, and construction engineering; physics; chemistry; mechanical and aerospace engineering; or material science and engineering). Each new faculty member will benefit from a unique interdisciplinary mentoring team to foster intellectual breadth and to facilitate integrative capacity to strengthen the success of the cluster.  Candidates will have the option of choosing their tenure home department.

Candidates must apply online at (Position #37435) and attach the following materials: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of research plans and goals; 4) a statement of teaching philosophy including any experience/familiarity with student-centered learning approaches; 5) names and contact information of at least 3 references; and 6) reprints of 2-3 recent key publications.  In the cover letter, candidates should address their background in one or more of the areas listed above, as appropriate.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications October 15, 2017, and continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.

The University of Central Florida, one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit UCF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.  All applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

For more information about these positions please contact Dr. Talat S. Rahman, the Cluster Search Chair, at

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