Job ID: 226645

Assistant Professor in Energy Storage

San Diego State University

  • Dec. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor in Energy Storage
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • San Diego State University
    San Diego, CA
  • Jan. 15, 2024
  • Aug. 16, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Energy Technology

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks to fill a tenuretrack
position at the Assistant Professor level in the general area of energy storage starting Fall 2024. While
applicants with demonstrated excellence in any energy storage technology will be considered, candidates
with expertise in modeling and computational studies of energy storage systems or fundamentals (especially
electrochemical energy storage including flow batteries, and other emerging storage concepts) are
encouraged to apply. Mechanical Engineering ( is one of four departments in
the College of Engineering ( at SDSU offering an EAC/ABET-accredited B.S.
degree program, as well as M.S. and joint Ph.D. programs. The Department has internationally recognized
programs in energy and thermofluids, bioengineering, material science and processing, advanced
manufacturing, mechanics, MEMS, NEMS, sensors, robotics, dynamic systems, and control. It is expected
that the successful candidate will develop synergies with areas of existing research strength and exploit
emerging areas of research by developing a vigorous externally funded research program in the general
area of energy storage. This includes linking with emerging research opportunities at SDSU’s Imperial
Valley campus where significant investment in engineering research motivated by the discovery of large
deposits of lithium (Lithium Valley) is anticipated. The Department shares with the College of Engineering
and the University a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. The
successful candidate is expected to supervise teams of undergraduate as well as graduate students.
Applicants will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the general area of energy
and thermofluids (i.e., thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics). Applicants must have an earned
Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline. Additional required criteria are listed
in the paragraph below.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working
effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria.
Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented
populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented
students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to
teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment
to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have
experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges
in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or
have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise
or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration,
and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.
Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. Additional
guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus in San Diego
serving 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students and additional locations in Southern California’s
Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s
Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees
in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a
large, diverse, urban university, an Asian-Native American-Pacific Islander -Serving Institution and a
Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus
community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status,
sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and
covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.
The minimum salary for this position is based on the current CSU salary schedule for Assistant Professors
and may be revised based on contract collective bargaining. The anticipated salary range is from $95,000 -
$103,000. Salary placement will be based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience, and
salaries higher than the published maximums may be offered in limited circumstances. San Diego State
University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For benefits
information, click here.

Application materials to be uploaded to Interfolio at are:
1.) Cover letter
2.) Curriculum Vitae
3.) Research Statement (max. 5 pages)
4.) Teaching Statement (max. 2 pages)
5.) Statement on contributions to Building on Inclusive Excellence - Indicate how at least
two of eight criteria in position ad are met. (max. 2 pages)
6.) List of 3 References with full contact information
7.) Three relevant publications.

Applications received by January 15, 2024 will receive full consideration; the position will remain open
until filled. Questions related to this search may be addressed to
As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals
seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks
if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered
incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any
candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check
may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who
apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse
and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive
Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

  • San Diego State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Louisa Burrus
    Mechanical Engineering
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182

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