Job ID: 131557

Assistant or Associate Professor

Utah State University

  • Oct. 15, 2019
  • Assistant or Associate Professor
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Utah State University
    Logan, UT
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Water Resources Engineering
    Ecological and Environmental
    Civil Engineering

Assistant or Associate Professor

Requisition ID: 2019-2005

  1. of Openings: 3
    Category (Portal Searching): Faculty
    Position Type: Regular Full-Time
    City: Logan
    Job Classification: Faculty
    College: College of Engineering
    Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University (USU) invite applications for a cluster hire of three positions at the Assistant Tenure Track or Associate Professor levels. We seek candidates whose convergent research will generate data-driven, collaborative, sustainable, and holistic solutions to water quantity, quality, and management problems in the face of growing population, aging infrastructure, changing climate, and changing societal values. These are academic-year (9 month) appointments with an anticipated start date of August 2020.

We seek candidates who can significantly contribute to scholarship and teaching in the broad topical areas of water resources engineering, environmental engineering, and/or hydraulic engineering. Successful candidates must articulate a vision for and show how their research and teaching in one or more of the areas below will: 1) yield data-driven, collaborative, sustainable, and holistic solutions; 2) leverage existing strengths throughout USU in hydrology, hydraulics, hydro informatics, water resources management, irrigation, water quality, and environmental engineering; and 3) improve CEE and USU capabilities to solve interdisciplinary water problems now and in the future. Areas of work may include:

  • Development of a new generation of hydrologic models that integrate biological, chemical, and physical processes across natural, built, and agricultural landscapes.
  • Ground and surface water hydrologic research focused on quantity, quality, and conjunctive management. This may include storm water management, wastewater reuse, and fate of environmental toxins and emerging contaminants.
  • Development of data and information systems that advance data-intensive approaches to solving water problems, including data science and machine learning applications in water resources management, smart infrastructure, and sensing systems.
  • Quantifying and forecasting water usage in food, energy, transportation, and other systems that consider changes in population, land use, and societal values.
  • Water-environment sustainability, including current and future impacts to water infrastructure due to changing climate; infrastructure hydraulic monitoring, risk analyses, failure modes, rehabilitation, and design; urbanization; and data science of hydraulic infrastructure.
  • Societal risk and hazard mitigation of water systems, including natural and man-made risks, hazards, and disasters with a focus on sustainable water-environment development strategies and community livability.
  • Managing hydropower, irrigation, water rights, or water supply in the Intermountain West.

To promote transdisciplinary and convergent research, we encourage team applications from groups of up to three candidates, which may include dual career partners. Each applicant must apply individually but articulate in their individual 3-page research statement how some or all of their research integrates with the other team members.

Inquiries about this announcement may be made to:
Jeff Horsburgh, PhD
Search Committee Chair

A review of applications will begin in early November and will continue until all three positions are filled.

Successful candidates will:

  • Secure extramural funding adequate to support their research program.
  • Recruit and mentor graduate students to advance the research program.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate engineering courses in the theme area.
  • Develop, lead, and be a member of convergent research teams both within and outside the CEE Department and UWRL.
  • Participate in department, university, and professional service and outreach.
  • Become nationally recognized for their work.

Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior teaching experience.
  • Record of success in obtaining external funding.
  • A professional engineering license or the ability to obtain one.

To be considered at the Associate Professor level, the following additional qualifications must be met:

  • An established research agenda with a strong publication record that demonstrates excellence and leadership in interdisciplinary, convergent research.
  • A strong record of extramural funding.
  • A record of success in research, teaching, and mentoring junior faculty and graduate students.

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach your Curriculum Vitae to be uploaded in the candidate profile under "Resume".

In addition, the following documents are requested to be submitted in a single, combined PDF document in the candidate profile under "Other documents":
1. Cover letter summarizing motivation, qualifications, experience, and career goals.
2. Names and contact information of at least three professional references (we will only solicit reference letters from final candidates).
3. A concise statement of up to three pages that conveys your vision of how your proposed research program will: 1) address specific topical areas in the context of water sustainability challenges, 2) complement existing CEE Department and UWRL research, and 3) integrate with other interdisciplinary research/faculty collaborators at USU. For candidates applying as part of a team, the research statement must also identify proposed team members, describe how candidates’ expertise is cross-cutting and complementary, and how they would work collaboratively and synergistically to address the identified topical areas.
4. A two-page teaching statement that explains your approach to teaching and briefly describes existing or new CEE courses you would like to teach or develop.

In addition to the above required documents, candidates must upload two of their most relevant peer-reviewed journal article publications. Each of these should be uploaded as separate PDF files.

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

To apply:…ensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

College/Department Highlights
CEE and UWRL faculty, in collaboration with colleagues across USU’s campus, conduct cutting edge water research that contributes to addressing growing societal water challenges and advances basic understanding in the water sciences. We seek colleagues who can conduct innovative field experiments, carry out laboratory studies using the UWRL’s Environmental Quality and Hydraulics Laboratory facilities, develop new modeling approaches, and/or leverage advances in instrumentation, remote sensing, cyberinfrastructure, computing, and visualization to address critical challenges in protecting and managing water resources.

For additional information about the CEE Department or the UWRL, please consult and

University Highlights
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at:

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at:

USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement ( USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at:

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