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Director, Winston Chung Global Energy Center
University of California, Riverside

Date Posted Feb. 8, 2024
Title Director, Winston Chung Global Energy Center
University University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA, United States
Department Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2024
  • Professor
  • Energy Technology

Director, Winston Chung Global Energy Center

University of California – Riverside

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering

The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is seeking applicants for the position of Director of the BCOE Winston Chung Global Energy Center (WCGEC). This position is at the Full Professor level or higher for distinguished candidates.

We seek an exceptional senior faculty member, industry leader, or lead scientist in government research laboratories with a proven track record of successful leadership and externally funded research. The ideal candidate will be responsible for initiating and maintaining a strong sponsored research program, teaching, and graduate training program. Additionally, the candidate will serve as the director of the center.

WCGEC is a multi-disciplinary research center that focuses on the broad area of energy and sustainability. It was established in January 2011 with a $10 million cash donation from Winston Chung, a Chinese battery technology scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. Later, an additional $5 million was donated to establish a Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative (SIGI) as part of WCGEC. SIGI aims to demonstrate the "smart integration" of battery technologies, renewable energy, and advanced dispatch controls through field implementations at UCR.

WCGEC offers Energy and Power Systems (Area 1) and Energy Devices and Materials (Area 2) programs. Area 1 focuses on integrating renewable energy resources, modernizing power systems, and power protection, while Area 2 emphasizes advanced battery technologies, fuel cells, and solar energy. The ideal candidate will lead multidisciplinary research efforts with BCOE departments: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the search will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, candidates are highly encouraged to apply by March 8, 2024. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, contact information for three references (minimum of three with an option of five references), a Statement of Research, a Statement of Leadership, a Statement of Teaching, and a Contribution to Diversity Statement to the AP recruit website at Appointments are expected to begin July 1, 2024. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in Engineering or a closely related field.

Senior faculty member or an industry or government leader.


The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. The salary range for this position is $134,000 – $215,800. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. 

The University of California, Riverside is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. UCR is a member institution of the American Association of Universities (AAU) as well as the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU). Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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