Faculty Position Openings : Pennsylvania State University


Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a faculty position at all ranks in the areas of sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure. Sustainability and resilience are cross-cutting strategic research thrusts of the Department, involving faculty with active interests in structural materials and systems, transportation infrastructure, lifelines, water infrastructure, flood control, as well as urban infrastructure and service systems.

The Department is seeking outstanding candidates who have demonstrated research expertise in one or more of the following topical areas:

Sustainable infrastructure and renewal – including but not limited to condition assessment, life cycle assessment, decision analysis to allow optimum maintenance and renewal; • Innovative materials – multifunctional or eco-efficient materials, multiscale simulations;
Adaptive/aware sensing tools and networks – for rapid and non-destructive assessment of infrastructure components and systems;
Hazard mitigation – including quantification of resilience, multi-scale and/or multi-hazard risk assessement, smart/adaptive systems to protect against natural and human-created hazards;
Predictive science – toward forecasting infrastructure response to climate change or extreme events, and development of frameworks for optimization of infrastructure networks;
Complex systems approaches – to the analysis of the interconnected nature of civil infrastructure and its interdependencies.

Applicants with the ability to work across diciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a dynamic research group of 30 tenureline faculty, with annual expenditures exceeding 10 million dollars, over 25,000 peer-reviewed paper citations indexed by Thomson’s Web of Science, and top-20 rankings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Excellent opportunities to interact with other faculty in multidisciplinary projects are available through the Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment, the Sustainability Institute, the Institute for Cyberscience, the Materials Research Institute, the Protective Technology Center, the Civil Infrastructure Testing and Evaluation Laboratory, and the Larson Transportation Institute.

Penn State is one of the nation’s leading research universities with expenditures exceeding 800 million dollars annually. The university is also one of the nation’s leaders in industry sponsored research with partnerships involving over 400 companies on an annual basis.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or closely related discipline, and evidence of excellent potential or accomplishments in research and teaching. The position begins August 2014. Applicants should electronically submit their curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, up to three relevant publications, and names, addresses, and contact information of three references as a single pdf file to the search committee chair at CEESearch@engr.psu.edu.

To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2013. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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