Director of the Water Institute

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Vice President for Research
The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE)


The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), in the Office of the Vice President for Research at The Pennsylvania State University, invites applications for Director of the Water Institute. The Water Institute is the newest of the institutes under PSIEE. The inaugural Director will be charged with leading the unit in shaping the overall water related research portfolio; in coordination with over 120 exceptional faculty, distributed across eight colleges at University Park and several regional campuses. Current water research activity includes, three major centers supported by NSF and EPA. and over $40 million per year of external funding for water and closely allied research fields. The quality of Penn State`s water scholarship is exceptional; with the fifth most citations and the highest citation per publication ratio of all major U.S. universities during the last five years. Additional information about Penn State`s water programs and PSIEE are detailed in the Water Task Force Report and PSIEE Strategic Plan, both available at The Director of the Water Institute must have a strong interest in facilitating interdisciplinary water scholarship, developing the Water Institute`s grant portfolio, and increasing the exposure of Penn State as a national leader in water research. The Director will also participate in the recruitment of new faculty. Successful candidates must have a Ph.D., or equivalent credentials appropriate for a tenured or tenure-track professor; as well as an outstanding publication and external funding record in water research. The candidate`s area of research may address any aspect of water science, policy, law, engineering, design, ethics, etc. The tenure home of the Director will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate and the relevant department. As an administrator, the position is subject to yearly goal setting and review, and regular 5 year performance reviews. To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088