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The University of Kentucky Energy Research Priority Area seeks to enhance the energy research strengths of the university, centered in the Center for Applied Energy Research, through support for a diverse cohort of new faculty and staff working within the energy space. This will extend UK’s current strengths through targeted, collaborative hires and support of associated faculty and staff. The focus: provide start-up funds in partnership with departments, colleges and centers for 7 or 8 new faculty and staff hires in targeted areas; and support hires through seed grants, inclusion on multi-PI grants, and mentoring with $250,000 matched by departments, colleges, and centers.

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Opportunities/Areas for Recruitment

  • Devices for energy harvesting and storage

  • Advanced materials for energy applications

  • Biomass conversion: lignin valorization, mycology

  • Energy storage: batteries, flow batteries, supercapacitors

  • Energy harvesting: waste heat, photovoltaic, piezoelectric

  • Subsurface fluid flow: model and monitor injected fluids

  • 3D subsurface/reservoir geostatistical modeling

Join the RPA

UK’s Energy RPA is open to anyone at UK who works in the energy research and development space. Interested in joining the Energy RPA, complete the following form: