Tenure-track faculty positions at all levels with a particular focus on water supply, access, and distribution in civil and environmental engineering

Sunday, February 26, 2012
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tenure-track faculty positions
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Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California
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The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (cee.usc.edu) of the Viterbi School of Engineering (viterbi.usc.edu) of the University of Southern California invites nominations and applications for tenured or tenure-track faculty positions at all levels with a particular focus on water supply, access, and distribution in civil and environmental engineering.  One of the great challenges facing the world now is providing an adequate supply of potable water, considering population growth and climate variability.  This is a global problem, including modern cities in arid climates to growing communities in the developing world with little or no water distribution system.  We seek exceptional candidates with specializations across a wide range of environmental topics, including (but not limited to): desalination through membrane, thermal, solar or hybrid physical and chemical processes; sustainable technologies for drinking water and wastewater treatment of emerging contaminants; and environmental biotechnology/microbiology for applications in wastewater management, drinking water supply, natural/coastal waters and public health.

The Astani Department has 20 tenured/tenure track faculty members, which include four chaired professorships, five Young Investigator and Early Career awardees, and many fellows of professional organizations. In November 2007, the Department was the beneficiary of a $17 million pledge from Sonny Astani, the largest ever bestowed on a department of civil and environmental engineering. Faculty members have close working collaborations with other engineering departments in the Viterbi School as well as with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC School of Architecture and the USC Price School of Public Policy, and are participants in USC's CREATE (the Department of Homeland Security's first center of excellence).

We seek individuals who can provide strong, dynamic and innovative leadership to advance excellence in research, teaching and service to the professional community in the areas of civil and environmental engineering. Candidates should have an earned doctorate in civil or environmental engineering or in a closely allied field and be eligible for a tenure-track or tenured professor appointment. Applications from transformative and interdisciplinary scholars are especially encouraged. Transformative scholars are distinguished individuals whose accomplishments are transforming the field. Interdisciplinary scholars are outstanding individuals engaged in research aligned with the interests of the Department but whose research also cuts across other departments in the School and University.

Positions are available starting August 16, 2013 (additional openings will be available for Fall 2014 as well). To receive full consideration, candidates should apply on-line at Viterbi’s faculty application website: viterbi.usc.edu/facultyapplications/. Application materials include a cover letter describing technical qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for suggested references. The cover letter should detail how the applicant fits in the Water thrust area, as well as how one might collaborate with faculty in our other three thrust areas: Coupling of Complex Systems, Disasters and Extreme Events, and Sustainable Development. Evaluation of applications will start in November 2012 and continue into early 2013. Early submission is strongly advised. All application material will be held in the strictest confidence. Interested individuals are welcome to contact Dr. Erik A. Johnson, Associate Chair, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, KAP 210, Mail Code 2531, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 90089-2531 (email: JohnsonE@usc.edu). The Department's web site (cee.usc.edu) has details on current educational and research programs.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is among the top engineering schools in the world. More than a third of its 174 tenured/tenure-track faculty members are fellows in their respective professional societies and 35 affiliated faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The School is home to over 45 research centers and institutes, including the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, the Department of Homeland Security CREATE Center, and an Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) supported by the Department of Energy. It is affiliated with the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Creative Technologies, and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. USC Viterbi faculty conduct research in leading-edge technologies with annual research expenditures exceeding $180 million.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are highly encouraged to apply.