Environmental Engineering

Monday, September 25, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Assistant/Associate Professor
Job Institution: 
Washington State University
Job Description: 


Washington State University (WSU) has embarked on a Stormwater Grand Challenge Initiative https://provost.wsu.edu/grand-challenge-projects/, focused on stormwater impacts on the health of our waterways and the food sources that live in them.  As part of this Initiative, WSU is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering specializing in biological processes. Applicants with strong records of scholarship may be considered at the Associate level.  Applicants with research interests in stormwater and other urban and natural aquatic ecosystems are desired. Experience is desired in one of many areas of biological process engineering including, but not limited to, biotechnology, microbial source tracking, microbial community dynamics, community structure and indicator diversity; and biofilm structure and function in stormwater, urban, engineered, and natural systems.  Within the particular context of the Initiative we seek expertise in how the composition of stormwater changes the structure of microbial communities, and how those changes may correlate to the overall health of the built environment including green infrastructure and impacted ecosystems. The position is part of a cross-disciplinary Initiative area with multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in research and teaching.

The position will be located in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at the Pullman, WA campus and has an effective start date of August 16, 2018, but will remain open until filled. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in Environmental Engineering such as Biological Wastewater Treatment and Environmental Microbiology at the Pullman campus; maintaining a robust, externally-funded research program, and participating in service at the department, college, and university levels.  The research component is expected to include a significant interdisciplinary aspect involving collaborations with the Stormwater Initiative as well as other water quality areas of interest to the candidate. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to complement existing research strengths in environmental chemistry, and to join colleagues in the new PACCAR Environmental Technology Building.

Required qualifications include 1) an earned doctorate degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or a closely aligned field by the date of hire, 2) a strong background in environmental engineering and microbiology, and 3) a record of research accomplishment as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and extramural grants commensurate with rank.  Applications should include a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, complete curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and names of three references.  Screening of applicants will begin on 1 December 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The application must be submitted online at https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/.

Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant research institution with an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students distributed across six campuses located in Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco and Kennewick), Everett, and Global. WSU is organized into seven colleges offering doctoral degrees in 44 disciplines; masters and bachelors degrees are offered in 55 areas of study. WSU is one of the largest residential universities in the West. Close collaborations also exist with the University of Idaho, a land-grant research university of 12,500 students located just eight miles from the main Pullman campus. WSU has excellent faculty-friendly policies, including a partner accommodation program. Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of five rapidly growing departments within the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. The Department (cee.wsu.edu) currently has 35 full-time faculty members, including two Regents Professors, three endowed professorships, four Young Investigator and Early Career awardees, and many fellows of professional organizations. The department has approximately 550 undergraduate students and an active research program, with nearly $11.5 million in extramural funding and a current enrollment of about 140 full-time graduate students.  WSU is an EEO/AA/ADA employer committed to providing equal opportunity without regard to national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. The college of engineering and architecture is interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children. To learn more about the Pullman community, visit: http://www.pullmanchamber.com.