Open Rank Professor- Energy Transition and Sustainability

The William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston (UH) has an open-rank tenure-system faculty position and seeks to hire an outstanding scholar with research interests in the general area of Energy Transition and Sustainability.  Competitive candidates are expected to have a PhD in Chemical Engineering (or closely related discipline) before joining the Department and show potential for exceptional research, excellence in teaching and service, and a clear commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The successful candidate will be appointed at a rank commensurate with accomplishments and expertise.

We are particularly seeking faculty candidates who will develop an externally-funded research program aimed at overcoming grand challenges in the broad field of Energy Transition and Sustainability, including Biodegradable Plastics, Plastics Upcycling/Recycling and Circularity, Carbon Management, Process Electrification, Blue and Green Hydrogen and Ammonia, Electrochemical Energy Storage, Life Cycle Analysis, and Sustainable Production of Chemicals and Fuels. Desirable areas of expertise include Catalysis, Reaction Engineering, Transport Phenomena, Molecular Thermodynamics, Advanced Materials, Applied Data Science, Systems Engineering, and Biomolecular Engineering. The Department has a strong graduate program with more than 100 PhD students, modern research facilities, and annual research expenditures exceeding $10 million. The successful candidate will join a collegial group of research-oriented faculty working in a highly collaborative environment.

UH is a Carnegie Tier 1 Public Research University with an umbrella organization, UH Energy (, that manages energy-related research and education. The UH Energy Transition Institute was recently established with a leading gift from Shell and additional gifts and matching funds that will likely exceed $52 million ( UH is also home to several other research institutes, including the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute ( and the Advanced Manufacturing Institute (, to name a few.

UH is one of the most ethnically diverse major research Universities in the United States. It is a Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. Students come to UH from more than 137 nations and from across the world. UH is also an ADVANCE institution, one of a select group of Universities receiving funding from the National Science Foundation in support of its commitment to increase the number and success of women faculty in STEM fields.

The Houston Metropolitan Area offers excellent quality of living and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene propelled by a growing economy. Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world, and has a broad industrial base in Energy, Chemicals, Materials, Aeronautics, and Medical Technologies offering additional opportunities for collaborative research.

A complete application consists of: (1) a cover letter; (2) Curriculum Vitae; (3) a detailed description of research interests (not to exceed 5 pages); (4) a statement of education, discussing teaching interests and experience, mentoring experience, and ideas to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion (not to exceed 2 pages); (5) three representative publications; and (6) the name and contact information (email address and phone number) of three professional references whom we may contact. Review of applications will begin by December 1, 2022, and applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The position is available effective September 1, 2023. 

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

For more information please contact the search committee chair:

Professor Megan Robertson
William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
E-mail:  chbefacultysearch [at]  

Apply here: