Environmental Processes Engineering

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Assistant or Associate Professor
Job Institution: 
Cornell University
Job Description: 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES ENGINEERING School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Cornell invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Environmental Processes (EP) engineering. The EP concentration at Cornell has focused on the reactions that control the behavior and fate of pollutants in soil and aquatic environments. Our core strengths are in aqueous chemistry and microbiology. While we wish to maintain these strengths, their specific application will likely expand to address the pressing needs of society, driven by increasing scarcities of water and energy, as well as problems of emerging pollutants. Examples of suitable research foci include (but are not limited to) the following; * Physical/chemical and biological aspects of renewable energy production and/or biorefineries. * Environmental impacts of energy production and distribution. * Transformation, transport, and fate of emerging contaminants. * Microbial communities with novel degradative capabilities. * Behavior of organisms and populations in natural and engineered systems – possibly including the influence of stochastic environmental conditions. * Environmental sensors. * Sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies. * Systems biology applied to complex systems of environmental relevance (at the single-microbe or community scale). * Membrane technologies for water and wastewater treatment. * Coupled microbial and chemical processes (e.g. interdisciplinary problems where chemical speciation, phase distribution, and microbial activity mutually modify contaminant bioavailability and transport). * The interactions between fluid mechanical properties and living organisms and/or contaminant transport (e.g., the effect of tidal oscillations and turbulence on sediment/water exchange of pollutants; attachment/detachment of colloidal particles in flow through porous media). Although we seek exceptional candidates with quantitative experimental skills and core expertise in physical/chemical or biological aspects of environmental engineering, applicants with capabilities in modeling and theory are also desirable. Cornell CEE has great strengths in the complementary areas of Environmental Systems, Water Resources, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics, and candidates displaying a potential to collaborate with researchers in these areas are especially welcomed. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Engineering. We anticipate hiring at the Assistant or untenured Associate Professor level. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct a vigorous funded research program, while also contributing to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the EP area. Potential courses include those in physical/chemical processes, biological processes, environmental microbiology, or water chemistry – including associated laboratory courses. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College of Engineering at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. To learn more visit http://www.unyherc.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=671 To apply: Application materials must be submitted on-line at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1459 Through this web site, applicants are to submit a curriculum vita, a research statement, a teaching statement, copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, one to three publications or manuscripts, and complete contact information for at least three references. Questions can be directed to cee_search@cornell.edu Review of applications will begin August 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Job Requirements Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Engineering. We anticipate hiring at the Assistant or untenured Associate Professor level. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct a vigorous funded research program, while also contributing to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the EP area. Potential courses include those in physical/chemical processes, biological processes, environmental microbiology, or water chemistry – including associated laboratory courses.