Job ID: 147746

Assistant or Associate Professor - Biofilm Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines)

  • Oct. 15, 2020
  • Assistant or Associate Professor - Biofilm Engineering
  • TBD
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines)
    Rapid City, SD
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Civil Engineering
    Ecological and Environmental

October 2, 2020

Assistant or Associate Professor – Biofilm Engineering

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 2-Dimensional materials for Biofilm Science and Engineering (2D-BEST) Center at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) seeks exceptional candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. In 2019, the State of South Dakota was awarded an NSF EPSCoR RII Track 1 grant, having a research focus at the intersection of 2D materials, biofilms, and big-data, resulting in the creation of the 2D BEST center. The Center’s vision is to be nationally recognized for developing next-generation, nanoscale, conformal, two-dimensional (2D) coatings to control biofilm formation on technologically-relevant materials (e.g., metals, polymers, ceramics, soil particles, and biological tissues) with agricultural, industrial, medical, and commercial applications. Biofilms play a critical role in food production (nitrogen fixation of rhizobia) and in the integrity of oil, gas, and water distribution systems (biocorrosion), impacting the grand challenges of food, energy, and water. Accordingly, 2D BEST researchers conduct convergent science to study gene expression and signaling pathways in response to changes in atomic-scale surface features. The opportunity exists to collaborate with faculties at all participating South Dakota institutions of higher learning.

Preference will be given to candidates with research experience in biofilm engineering, quorum sensing, metabolic engineering, and metabolic networks in an effort to understand the Rules of Life in biofilms that are grown on material surfaces as well as interests in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, big-omics data, predictive modeling, machine learning, and/or big data mining. Successful candidates are expected to have potential for publication and will be expected to initiate and/or sustain a nationally recognized, externally sponsored research program in the field of biofilm engineering and to develop courses related to biofilm engineering. Previous post-doctoral experience, a track record of funding, successful teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, industrial experience, and demonstration of multi-disciplinary collaboration are preferred.

Candidates will have an earned doctorate in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a closely related discipline by start date. The successful applicant will be assigned within an academic department on campus as their tenure/tenure-track home. Potential departments include Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences; and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The new faculty member will have the opportunity to participate and to collaborate with faculty in M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering and Science, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and others on campus.

SD Mines promotes an outstanding educational environment for students; thus, applicants should demonstrate an interest and commitment to excellence in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The desired start date is Spring semester 2021.

SD Mines supports a collaborative environment as exemplified by the multi-disciplinary nature of the 2D-BEST; the Data Driven Materials Discovery Center (NSF Award #1920954); the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Laboratory (AMP), the Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory (CAPE), the Composites and Nanocomposites Advanced Manufacturing – Biomaterials Center (CNAM-Bio), the Direct Write Laboratory (DWL), the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), the Biochemical Spatiotemporal NeTwork Resource (Bio-SNTR), and the Surface Engineering Research Center (SERC). For additional information regarding research opportunities view

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science.

Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,550 students from 46 states and 41 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment out of 302 similar institutions across the United States. The SD Mines placement rate for recent graduates is 97 percent.

Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 75,443 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

SD Mines is an EEO/AA/ADA employer & provider.

  • The South Dakota Board of Regents is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Board of Regents will take Affirmative Action to ensure that all employment practices are free of discrimination. In addition, the Board of Regents fully supports incorporation of non-discrimination and Affirmative Action rules and regulations into all of its employment practices. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by contacting the appropriate Human Resources office.

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  • Robb Winter
    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines)
    501 E. Saint Joseph Street
    Rapid City, SD 57701

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