Energy and Sustainability Systems

We’re seeking exceptional faculty to move Mizzou forward in priority areas related to energy research. To further interdisciplinary collaboration, the university will consider faculty candidates in several areas of research.

Energy & Sustainability Systems

Research Areas

Energy and sustainability systems are critical for producing, distributing and utilizing energy while minimizing environmental impact. These systems encompass a range of technologies, policies and practices designed to promote renewable and viable energy sources, enhance energy efficiency and foster resource management to meet current and future energy demands. Areas include:

  • Nuclear Energy
  • Hydrogen and Renewables
  • Biofuels
  • Solar Energy
  • Grid Technologies and Cybersecurity
  • Decarbonization, Carbon Capture
  • Energy Storage
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency
  • Emissions
  • Power Transmission and Power Electronics
  • Transportation (Electric Vehicles)
  • Energy Economics and Policy
  • Feedstock Conversion Technology
  • Life-Cycle Analyses
  • Carbon Sinks / Sequestration
  • Water-Food-Energy Nexus

(At left: The Cyber Education, Research and Infrastructure [CERI] Center)

3D modeling in CERI center in Engineering

Apply or Nominate a Researcher

A successful MizzouForward candidate is an accomplished researcher with a passion for collaboration and the desire to address our world’s most pressing needs. The colleagues we’re looking to recruit possess:

  • A proven track record of external research funding, particularly from federal agencies
  • A research agenda that complements the goals of MizzouForward
  • A strong publication record
  • Evidence of external recognition of one’s work, such as national awards and honors, membership with national academies, etc.
  • Interdisciplinary research that has the potential to impact multiple disciplines

If you’re interested in learning more or you know an exceptional investigator who can help us reach our research goals, we want to hear from you. Faculty ready to move Mizzou forward should apply now.

Why Energy & Sustainability Systems at Mizzou?

Programs and resources include:

  • MURR, the most powerful university research reactor in the U.S. and specializes in developing life-saving radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Hellbender, next-generation storage and computing technology, part of the new High-Power Computing (HPC) environment in the university’s Research Data Ecosystem, which features leading-edge technology that empowers researchers to transfer and store data at a faster pace.
  • A new Center for Energy Science, Engineering & Policy will bring together researchers from across campus to advance research frontiers for energy, data and policy.
  • The Multiphysics Energy Research Center aims to advance multi-physics energy research, fostering collaboration around building energy, solar energy and electric vehicles for applications such as advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
  • The Cyber Education, Research and Infrastructure (CERI) Center supports interdisciplinary researchers who are tackling scientific and engineering challenges and offers an immersive visualization CAVE for AI/Big Data Analytics.
  • The MU Materials Science & Engineering Institute (MUMSEI) brings together interdisciplinary collaborators focused on materials science and engineering research and education. MUMSEI fosters collaboration in existing and new areas, including biomaterials, energy materials, quantum materials and materials-at-extremes. By uniting the sciences and engineering at Mizzou, the institute will create new opportunities for joint projects and funding proposals. The Institute has access to robust facilities including the Class 100 Clean Room within MSEI.
  • The Midwest Industrial Assessment Center, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, helps manufacturers improve energy efficiency, trains energy engineers and provides guidance to the industrial sector and related organizations.
  • National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program to train doctoral students in materials science and data science and analytics.
  • Immersive Visualization CAVE for AI/Big Data Analytics
  • East Campus Plant Growth Facility
  • Plant Transformation Core
  • Bond Life Sciences Center
  • Electron Microscopy Core: MU is home to the most advanced electron microscopy core facility in the area.  Located in the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building, the EMC houses a world-class suite of instrumentation capable of addressing research questions across virtually all fields in both materials and life sciences.
  • X-ray Microanalysis specializes in the analysis and visualization of geological materials and can accommodate a wide range of sample types and scientific goals with the facility’s instrumentation and services in tomographic microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, including working with you on sample preparation, processing and data analysis.
  • Institute of Public Policy conducts research and analysis to inform public policy and its impacts on communities, economic development, education and health.

Energy & Sustainability Systems Advisory Committee

MizzouForward is comprised of multiple advisory committees. Each committee is interdisciplinary in its composition and they review the applicant materials, conduct Zoom interviews with candidates and make recommendations to the hiring authorities.