Energy Engineering

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Assistant or Associate
Job Institution: 
Carnegie Mellon University
Job Description: 

Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Energy Engineering.

Challenges associated with energy abound in civil and environmental systems. For example, fossil fuel extraction and utilization have significant environmental impacts on air, water and climate change. New technologies and new resources in fossil fuels (e.g. hydraulic fracturing in unconventional gas reserves) have the potential to expand energy availability while also having novel environmental impacts, and these have particular regional salience. Similarly, renewable energy systems (e.g. wind or solar) intersect with natural and engineered systems in complex ways. Also, energy-intensive civil infrastructures (e.g. buildings, desalination systems) affect energy and environmental (air, water) systems. The role of civil and environmental engineers is central to understanding energy systems; for example through hydrology and rock mechanics, life cycle assessment, water quality measurement and monitoring, and multi-scale modeling.

Applicants with expertise across a wide range of areas will be considered. It is critical that the applicant make a strong case for how his/her research aligns with the needs of the department to deepen strength in energy engineering. Further, applicants are expected to articulate clearly their potential intersections with existing faculty research areas, and alignment with one or more centers of excellence within the department or university, such as the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (WaterQuest), the Green Design Institute, the Center for Atmospheric Particles Studies (CAPS), the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT), the Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII), the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER), the Center for Multiscale Modeling for Engineering Materials (CM2EM).

Successful candidates must have the ability to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within the Department and to develop an active and significantly funded extramural research program. Applicants are required to have a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering or a related field. Applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented on engineering faculties are encouraged. Exceptionally well-qualified applicants will also be considered at the Associate Professor level.

The University has a long-standing tradition of interdisciplinary research and offers faculty members unparalleled opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from across the university and within the region. The Department has existing graduate programs in advanced infrastructure systems (AIS); environmental engineering, sustainability and science (EESS); and mechanics, materials, and computing (MMC); and maintains strong interdisciplinary ties with other programs on campus (

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. E-mail inquiries concerning this position may be sent to the chair of the search committee.

Interested candidates should send a resume, transcripts or a list of graduate courses taken, statement of research and teaching interests, up to three publications or manuscripts, and a list of at least three references to:

Professor Jeanne VanBriesen (
Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

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