The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) is conducting a search for the Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).  Situated in Colorado’s thriving Front Range, RASEI is a joint Institute between CU and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  The Institute’s mission is to expedite the development and deployment of science, engineering and public policy innovations supporting sustainable energy solutions nationally and worldwide through research, education and technology commercialization.

The Institute brings together researchers from NREL and CU faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Applied Science.  In addition to leveraging accomplished CU faculty, RASEI has attracted exceptional senior, mid-level and junior tenure-track faculty to its ranks in the last ten years.  Faculty have tenure homes in departments such as Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE), Electrical Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE), Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), and others.  These faculty are affiliated with NREL science and technology directorates including Bioenergy Science and Technology, Energy Systems Integration, Materials and Chemical Science and Technology, Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences, and Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis.

Director Position

The Director will have a tenured faculty position at the University of Colorado and will serve under a joint appointment between the University of Colorado and NREL.  The director will work with the RASEI Fellows, CU faculty and NREL researchers to grow RASEI’s research impact across the state of Colorado, the nation and internationally.  The director will be charged with growing RASEI’s impact through leadership of interdisciplinary research; attracting external sponsors at the national, state and local levels; managing RASEI’s laboratory and physical spaces; accelerating the careers of CU faculty and NREL researchers; and promoting and leveraging the partnership between CU and NREL through long-term strategic planning. 


RASEI is seeking a director with a record of scholarly achievement appropriate for appointment as a full professor.  The position requires a forward-thinking leader with demonstrated management skills in academic, research institutions and/or other professional settings with excellent communication abilities.  Candidates should have a strong record of engagement with external constituents in government, industry, and private foundations, both nationally and internationally.  Given the current success of RASEI and its future goals, candidates will need to demonstrate involvement and/or expertise in leading multiple major academic, national laboratory, and/or industrial institutions in the conduct of research in sustainable energy.

Who We Are

CU Boulder is a nationally-ranked public institution and one of the leading research universities in the country. CU Boulder is a member of the Association of American Universities, an elite group of 62 research universities. The university provides a technologically focused education to more than 34,500 undergraduate and graduate students across 150 fields of study, ranging from engineering, computing, and sciences, to business, economics, law, and liberal arts. In FY19, CU Boulder received total research funding of $630.9M and had R&D expenditures of $489.9M. The university has an annual impact of $3.85B on the state economy.

NREL is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable and advanced energy technologies in the United States.

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