JOB TITLE Assistant or Associate Professor, Structure/Materials (Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering)
DEPARTMENT NAME Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
DIVISION NAME Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at WPI seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position, at either the assistant or associate professor level, in the general area of mechanics, materials, and structures. Our department seeks to address major society-scale challenges, including cost-effective infrastructure renewal, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable and resilient built environments that support diverse and equitable social systems. We seek a colleague able to teach and conduct research in the broadly-defined areas of structure and materials in civil engineering. Examples of emerging areas of interest include, but are not limited to, next generation concepts for high performance, sustainable, and low-cost materials and structures optimized for automation, robotics, and prefabrication in construction; new approaches to materials, processes and structures for decarbonization or electrification of built environments; application of advanced computational and data science methods in modeling, simulation, and structural design; end-to-end, concept-to-product integration of architectural and structural engineering for efficient operation and construction.
Applicants must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and/or commitment to do so as an employee at WPI
The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally funded research program leading to national and international recognition, to teach courses pertaining to structural design and engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to participate in WPI's signature project-based curriculum, and to contribute to the operation and promotion of the department, college, university, and the profession. Candidates seeking the rank of Associate Professor must document a strong track record of successful teaching, research, and service. Candidates must hold an earned Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or related field prior to appointment at WPI.
WPI has completed a $17 million renovation of the department's building and has completed a new academic building that provides additional space for architectural engineering and other programs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute was ranked first in the nation in the category of "Schools that do the Best in Combining Scholarly Research with Classroom Instruction" by the Wall Street Journal. WPI is consistently ranked among the top national universities, and in the top 50 most innovative universities, by US News and World Report. WPI is known for its project-based curriculum, affording students the opportunity to witness and help address problems all over the world. Worcester is a growing center of scientific and technological innovation (home to eight colleges and universities) located about one hour west of Boston.
WPI is a highly selective, private technological university and one of the nation's first. WPI believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. Faculty, students, and other partners work collaboratively on the real-world projects and purpose-driven research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, irrespective of their race, class, gender, or sexual orientation, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet personal, departmental and institutional goals. We recognize that the value of diversity lies not only in the social environment in which education takes place, but also in the content of the education itself.
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interest and experience that also reflect how the candidate will advance WPI's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and contact information for three references.
Applications will be considered starting on May 1, 2022 and until the position is filled.
WPI requires employees to be fully-vaccinated (including a booster shot) for COVID-19. For additional information on WPI's response to COVID-19, refer to https://www.wpi.edu/we-are-wpi
FLSA STATUS United States of America (Exempt)
WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.
About WPI WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.
Diversity & Inclusion at WPI WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.
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