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College of Engineering and Computing SmartState™ Chair Search: Endowed Chair in Advanced Materials for Energy Systems

March 5, 2015

The University of South Carolina is seeking an outstanding leader for the position of South Carolina SmartState™ Endowed Chair in Advanced Materials for Energy Systems. This Endowed Chair will lead/expand development of energy materials and systems research in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University.

The Endowed Chair position will lead an integrated, state-wide SmartStateTM Center focused on Advanced Materials for Energy Systems with researchers dedicated to the design, understanding, and fabrication of engineered energy materials and systems. A primary focus of the Center is to integrate energy research at the University with related activities across the state and to promote economic development in these areas.

The USC Endowed Chair Advanced Materials for Energy Systems has significant institutional support and will have the opportunity to work closely with researchers in the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Arts and Sciences, and other colleges and related Centers and Institutes. These include but are not limited to:, the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell SmartState™ Center (, the Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity (SAGE) SmartState Center (, and the McNair Center ( Current research activities in Energy Materials include: design and manufacturing of heterogeneous, multi-functional materials, membranes, solid oxide fuel cells, energy storage materials and systems, multiphysics based multiscale analysis and design of material systems, material state analysis and prognosis of multifunctional energy materials and material systems, and integrated design and manufacturing of energy materials and systems as well as development of materials for lightweighting of transportation structures.

The USC Energy Materials and Systems Endowed Chair will be based in the College of Engineering and Computing with joint appointments in other units as appropriate.

Candidates must possess a PhD in engineering or a related discipline, a record of exemplary research relevant to materials engineering, demonstrated leadership, and strong potential to support economic development via working relationships with industrial research sponsors. Candidates must have credentials consistent with the tenure at the rank of full professor.

It is expected that the recipient of this endowed chair will maintain a continuing record of scholarly and creative endeavors, demonstrate research leadership in and across academic units, establish collaboration with researchers and scholars both within and outside the university, and generate additional funding from, private, governmental, foundation and other external sources. Further, it is expected that the Chair will participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as the other normal service activities expected of an active faculty member For more information or to nominate a candidate contact Dr. Jamil Khan, ( Applications should include a current CV, a research vision and strategy for the implementation of this vision, and the names and affiliations of at least three references. Applications will be kept confidential within the extent allowed by state law. Applications should be submitted to: Screening of candidates will begin immediately. The post will remain open until the position has been filled.

USC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about the SmartState™ Program, please visit

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