Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and Coastal Hazards

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Assistant or Associate Professor
Job Institution: 
Virginia Tech
Job Description: 

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for two tenure-track faculty position effective August 2013. One of these positions is focused towards a faculty member who will contribute to the Department's Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) Program; the other position is focused towards a faculty member who will contribute to the broadening of the department’s focus on sustainable civil engineering infrastructure with a specific focus on coastal sustainability related to sea-level rise and storm water issues with associated geotechnical engineering issues. A Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering or a closely aligned field is required for both positions. The positions are anticipated to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor rank, however early Associate Professor level appointments may be considered for outstanding candidates. These positions are part of a multi-year, department-wide thematic cluster hire in the area of infrastructure and sustainability. All faculty members in the CEE Department are expected to have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching as well as to specialized graduate education. Likewise, they are expected to develop a strong record of scholarly work and sponsored research. The CEE Department currently has 53 faculty members, with approximately 400 full-time graduate students and 500 undergraduate students. The Via Endowment allows the department to offer a significant number of scholarships and fellowships to highly qualified students. A successful candidate in the area of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering will have a sound fundamental knowledge in the area of biological treatment and environmental biotechnology, while also demonstrating success in translating these skills to addressing key issues in water sustainability. Expertise in the application of molecular biological tools to environmental systems will be highly desirable as this has been identified as a cross-cutting need for collaboration across several on-going projects led by EWRE faculty members. Exceptional candidates with expertise in other areas could also be considered. Applicants are required to apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu and should use posting number 0122255 for the EWRE position. A successful candidate for the interdisciplinary water resources/geotechnical position will have an academic background in the general area of water resources engineering or geotechnical engineering. The specific thrust area will be a unique interdisciplinary focus on the nexus between coastal hazards stemming from sea-level rise and storm water issues with associated geotechnical engineering issues. Desired expertise is in one or more of the following areas: coastal wave dynamics, ports and harbors, coastal and hydraulic structures, wave-structure-soil interactions, and foundations in coastal areas. The CEE department has strong faculty expertise in coastal hazards from both the water resources and geotechnical areas. Adding this interdisciplinary position will add to the strength of these groups with this important focus. Applicants are required to apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu and should use posting number 0122260 for the coastal hazards position. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) or completion of the FE examination with plans to pursue PE registration, and professional experience are desirable, but not required, attributes for both positions. Applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for 3 professional references, a candidate statement discussing teaching, research, and professional goals, and a current CV. Those wishing further information about the search process may contact Dr. Amy Pruden, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 200 Patton Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or at apruden@vt.edu. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2012. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The CEE Department strongly supports the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. Information about the CEE Department is available on the web at: www.cee.vt.edu.