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Assistant Research Professor, Global Building Network

Job Summary

The Assistant Research Professor position is a one-year limited term, renewable position based on performance. The successful candidate will report to the Director of the Global Building Network (GBN), an initiative of Penn State and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on transdisciplinary research activities. The GBN seeks to advance building science, construction processes, and building management to create an international framework that will make buildings more sustainable, more efficient, and healthier for people. The GBN community is addressing this need through coordinating a global effort to engage and convene with stakeholders to accelerate the development of research, education, and case studies through partnerships that transcend disciplines and geographies. Strong candidates will have the terminal degree appropriate to the discipline and should show demonstrated promise of independent research contributions (e.g., through research funding and publication record). Candidates must also be qualified to participate in instructional activities, including advising and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Potential instructional activities should include supervision of graduate students, undergraduate students, and may also involve optional participation in a formal course through for example, guest lecture sessions and organizing webinars, workshops and/ or summer programs.

Job Duties

  • Review secondary data (through literature review) and generate primary data on the connection between building performance and human health/ well-being through working closely with a multidisciplinary group of faculties from both the built environment and health-related disciplines.
  • Document and report research findings in a timely and through technical reports and academic papers.
  • Work closely with the Director of the Global Building Network to prepare technical content for submission to granting agencies and foundations.
  • Recruit and/or interview students.
  • Provide ready access to all experimental data for the Global Building Network members and affiliates.
  • Request or acquire equipment or supplies necessary to support on-going research activities.
  • Prepare, maintain, and update website content.
  • Co-supervise and co-advise undergraduate students working on the research project.
  • Organize GBN project meetings, seminars, workshops, webinars and other dissemination events
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

PhD or Doctorate in built environment disciplines with an interest in social determinants of health or health discipline but with some experience in the built environment.

A minimum of 1 year experience.

Preferred Qualifications

One year of postdoctoral research experience.


University Park, State College, PA

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