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Montana Tech Lance Energy Chair -Associate or Full Professor in Butte, Montana

Associate or Full Professor-Lance Energy Chair (Endowed)

Montana Technological University provides a comprehensive benefits package for all eligible positions that includes health, dental and vision insurance, mandatory retirement plan with employer contribution, partial tuition waiver, and a wellness program.

Applications received by December 31, 2023 will be guaranteed full review and consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

The Lance College of Mines and Engineering (LCME) at Montana Technological University (Montana Tech) invites applications for an endowed Lance Energy Chair position. The college seeks an energetic, dynamic, business-savvy, and visionary leader with a significant background in energy systems, including policy, efficiency, production, storage, technology, innovation, and/or sustainability. 

The primary responsibility of the Lance Energy Chair is to enhance the prominence of Montana Tech as a national leader in energy by leveraging private funding and developing partnerships with industry, trade organizations, national labs, and state/federal agencies.  The chair reports directly to the LCME dean and is expected to collaborate with engineering programs, including petroleum, mining, geological, metallurgical and materials, mechanical, electrical, environmental, and civil engineering.  The chair is expected to maintain an externally funded energy program and a small portfolio of teaching duties at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.  An M.S. or Ph.D. in engineering or a closely related field is preferable, but applicants with a B.S. degree plus extensive experience are also encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit the following items online at 1) a two-page cover letter describing your experience, accomplishments, and vision for the position, 2) a CV, and 3) name and contact information for three professional references. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 31, 2023.  Please visit for more information about the institution. The position starts in either May or August 2024. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Montana Tech is located in the historic city of Butte, in the scenic and mountainous region of Southwest Montana.  The area is surrounded with opportunities for outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, skiing, etc.  Butte is a regional center for cultural, community, and sporting events, and Butte’s long-standing mining history boasts a unique National Historic District. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An M.S. or Ph.D. in engineering or a related field. 


    For full consideration application materials must be complete.   

    Please include: 

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications,

  • Resume

  • Contact information for 3 professional references. 

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. 

    For full consideration application materials must be complete.

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.

    Montana Tech is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana Tech makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, Montana Tech provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans.

    To claim veteran’s preference please complete the employment (veteran’s) preference form located on the employment page and email to You must include the job title of the position in which you are applying.

    Employment (veteran's) preference form

    To request an accommodation for the application or interview, please contact Cathy Isakson 406-496-4380;

    Why Work at Tech?

    Help meet the changing needs of society by providing a transformative student experience by helping develop leaders for tomorrow by advancing science, engineering and technology.

    In addition, Montana Tech offers an attractive benefits package* which includes:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance with low deductibles and comprehensive coverage.

  • Generous employer contribution toward monthly health care benefits worth $6.08 per hour.

  • 5.9% retirement employer contribution for eligible employees

  • 11 Holidays per year

  • 3 weeks of Annual Leave to start

  • Generous sick leave policy that can be used for sick children, doctor and dentist appointments as well as bereavement.

  • 6 credits of coursework free per year (fees not included)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

  • Reduced tuition for dependents after 4 months of employment for eligible employees

  • Employee Assistance and a Wellness Program

  • Optional Retirement Plan for eligible employees

  • Possible remote work days with supervisor approval and eligible positions.

    • Benefits are dependent on position type and terms and conditions of eligibility.

    Montana Technological University, Butte Montana, is nestled in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains along the Continental Divide, where I-15 and I-90 intersect. We are home to the largest National Historic District in the country. Montana Tech is a special focus institution with a reputation for excellence and value. Montana Tech is ranked #1 in the nation by CollegeNET.

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