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Associate, Full Professors – Climate Change and the Energy Transition

Boston College (Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society)
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Closing date
Feb 4, 2022

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Atmospheric Sciences, Global Environmental Change, Interdisciplinary/Other, Social Sciences
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At Boston College, the newly established Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society enhances multi-disciplinary, collaborative research and pedagogies that address critical societal issues in the areas of energy, health and the environment. 

As the start of a multi-year faculty hiring initiative, the Institute seeks four faculty at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in two broad areas: a) climate change science, mitigation and adaptation, and b) the energy transition. Three faculty positions are grounded in the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, biology, materials science, etc.); a fourth is grounded in the social sciences (economics, political science, sociology, etc.). Successful candidates will serve jointly as core Institute faculty members and as members of a home department. 

The Schiller Institute stands at the crossroads of the Boston College community. Established with a naming gift by BC Trustee Phil Schiller ’82 and his wife, Kim Gassett-Schiller, the Institute is housed in a brand new integrated sciences building and connects faculty across the sciences, humanities, and professional schools. For instance, in its inaugural programming, the Institute hosted a series of events on challenging environmental racism in the contexts of environmental science, history, public health, environmental sociology, and urban development. 

Now in its nascent and dynamic growth phase, the Institute seeks four visionary scholar-leaders for its unique and interdisciplinary inaugural cohort.  The Institute seeks faculty driven by synergistic scholarship across academic disciplines who will supplement departmental hiring plans and build integrated teams within the Schiller Institute and across the University. Institute faculty members will strengthen the research profile of the university; stimulate collaborative, problem-focused research; develop, design, and participate in interdisciplinary curricula and co-curricular activities; build partnerships with leading institutions and organizations; and advance the results of BC applied research into the public sphere. 

In the area of climate change impact, mitigation and adaptation, the Institute seeks faculty with well-developed research programs in areas such as climate science, earth system modeling, socio-environmental systems modeling, adaptation through emerging technologies or nature-based solutions, societal determinants and consequences of climate change, and impact-based analysis and forecasting. In the area of energy transition, the Institute seeks faculty with significant research programs in science and technologies for renewable energy harvesting, conversion, and utilization, energy storage, and improving energy efficiency; energy poverty; or the societal transition to cleaner/more efficient technologies. Individual faculty are invited to apply; interdisciplinary research teams may also apply as a group.

Diversity is a core value of Boston College, and the Schiller Institute is committed to advancing the University’s commitments to equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in their research, teaching and service.

Application Information

  • Applications should include a letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position and relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, and a 2-3-page research statement. 
  • Applications should be submitted through Interfolio: 
  • Nominations and inquiries can be made to Professor Laura J. Steinberg, Seidner Family Executive Director of the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, at  
  • Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2022 and will continue until the positions are filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.

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