Council of Energy Research & Education Leaders

Upcoming Events
 April 15-16, 2013 | Washington, D.C.
 October 16-18, 2012 | University of California- Berkeley
May 7-8 | AAAS, Washington, DC

2011 Annual Program Conference
November 7-9, 2011 | Pittsburgh PA & Morgantown, WV


The Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) is a multidisciplinary membership organization made up of heads of academic energy research and education centers, institutes, and programs. It provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.


Energy is the common link between the living and non-living realms of the universe, and thus it is an integrator across all fields in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and research.  Virtually every discipline investigates some aspect of energy, including history, anthropology, public policy, international relations, human and ecosystem health, economics, technology, physics, geology, ecology, business management, environmental science, and engineering.  The concept of energy also is applicable at all levels of formal education and lifelong learning, and it includes many topics and tools that motivate successful learning.  Consumers are increasingly confronted with decisions about the cost and availability of different forms of household energy, while diverse groups in civil society organize around political, social, and environmental ramifications of the energy system.

Despite its overarching importance, there is no coherent field of energy studies; the scientific, engineering, economic, and sociological communities share no common energy journals, conferences, or identity.  There is a wealth of information about energy, but it is spread across many books, journals, websites, disciplines, ideologies, and user communities.

CEREL provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.


CEREL includes the full range of institutions, programs, people and perspectives that comprise the energy field.  In the academic arena this includes public and private institutions of every size and academic orientation, including education, research, and communication issues.

Membership is open to leaders of all college and university-based energy centers and programs as well as related research and education units that pay the membership fee. Institutions may have multiple representatives.

Role of NCSE

NCSE serves as the Secretariat for the Council. The group selects its own leadership and determines its own policies and activities. NCSE plays the roles of facilitator and service provider, but not decisionmaker, for the group. NCSE has a similar function with the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), which NCSE helped form in 2001.

Please contact David Blockstein at NCSE with any questions or for additional information: or 202-207-0004.


Career Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Professor - Sustainability/Power/Energy RA #1375
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Enginering and Computing Sciences. Assistant/Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering (one position). NYIT seeks anAssistant/Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, (one position, full-time tenure track; Old Westbury campus). Research areas of interest include Water Engineering, Energy, Power/Smart Grid. 
Candidates must have a Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or related area, excellent communication skills, and a solid publication record. Committment to teaching and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels is required. Candidates must demonstrate an innovative research record and/or industrial experience, and potential for securing sponsored research, contracts, and external grants. For consideration, please email your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and research and teaching statements to Successful candidates will share our vision to grow the School of Engineering and Computing Sciencesinto a leader in applied research and premier source of student talent in the New Yok Metropolitan Area and globally. Please reference job code RA #1375 in your subject line. NYIT is an AA/EEO institution.

Associate for Energy and Environmental Law and Policy

(LAW 13-0082)

West Virginia University Research Corporation

Morgantown, WV

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire an Associate for Energy and Environmental Law and Policy for a one year appointment with the WVU College of Law. The Incumbent will provide legal support for policy and legal research and writing, as well as assisting with organizing projects such as conferences and workshops, at the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.

J.D from ABA-accredited law school; 2-4 years of experience in energy and environmental law or policy (or combination of education and experience). Member in good standing of any U.S. State Bar required.

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For more information and in order to receive consideration for this position, applicants must apply at AA/EEO/E-verify compliant employer 



SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - January 1, 2013
Application Deadline: 
November 1, 2012

The National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) located in Annapolis, Maryland invites applications for 2 year postdoctoral fellowships that begin February 2013.  Fellows will undertake independent social, environmental, or cyberinfrastructure synthesis projects that are consistent with the mission of SESYNC.

Faculty Position in Bioenergy-Related Synthetic Biology, Arizona State University

Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - December 28, 2012
Application Deadline: 
October 28, 2012

The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Synthetic Biology / Metabolic Engineering related to Bioenergy.

Assistant Professor, Energy Sciences Institute, Yale University

Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - December 15, 2012
Application Deadline: 
October 15, 2012

Yale University seeks to recruit faculty at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level to the newly established Energy Sciences Institute.

Contact Info: 
For further information, contact: Ryan Nystrom at e-mail: or P.O. Box 27394 West Haven, CT 06516-7390. The review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012.

Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship

Start and End Date: 
September 20, 2012 - December 1, 2012
Application Deadline: 
November 1, 2012

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has openings available under its Lawrence Fellowship Program. This is a highly desirable postdoctoral position that provides freedom to conduct independent, cutting-edge research, directed by the candidate, in an area of the candidate's choice.

Potential IPA/ Sabbatical Position at the Department of Energy

Start and End Date: 
September 13, 2012 - November 13, 2012

The Emerging Technologies R&D portfolio in the Building Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy, is seeking inquiries for qualified applicants to fill a full-time IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement) or sabbatical position.  Emerging Technologies (ET) manages research and development in solid-state lighting, HVAC, water heating, sensors and controls, building energy modeling, and windows/envelope, and includes international activities

NSF Announces Reorganization

September 13, 2012

The National Science Foundation (NSF) plans to realign four programs that are currently housed in the Office of the Director. The Office of Polar Programs will be moved from the Director’s Office to the Directorate for Geosciences. The Office of International Science and Engineering would be merged with the Office of Integrative Activities to become the Office of International and Integrative Activities.

Director of Geoscience Policy, American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Start and End Date: 
September 6, 2012 - November 6, 2012

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscience societies representing 250,000 geoscientists in the United States, is seeking a Director of Geoscience Policy.

New Book: America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, James Gustave Speth

September 6, 2012

In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize.

Obama and Romney on Science

September 6, 2012 invited thousands of scientists, engineers and concerned citizens to submit what they felt were the most important science questions facing the nation that the candidates for president should be debating on the campaign trail.

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