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POSTED: 1-12-2016


Assistant Professor, Water Quality Engineering


Biological & Ecological Engineering Department


Oregon State University


1.0 FTE, 9 month position; 75% research, 25% teaching (Tenure-Track)


This position, as part of a cluster hire of three positions at OSU addressing water supply and quality, will focus on addressing critical water quality issues in the state, region, nation, and globe and providing innovative engineering solutions to current water quality problems in managed and natural systems.  The position will develop a nationally recognized research program in one or more of the following areas:


1) Modeling and analysis of water quality constituent production, transport, and fate from field scales to landscape scales;


2) New technology development for measuring and monitoring water quality in natural and managed systems; and/or


3) New technology development for improving water quality source reduction and/or treatment.


Application areas will emphasize agricultural production, including food, fuel and fiber production, horticultural production systems, and natural systems.  The position will include both experimental and analysis dimensions, and will emphasize the development of advance technologies for measuring, monitoring, assessing and mitigating water quality impairments.


Teaching responsibilities of this position include approximately two classes per year (quarter system), and will include undergraduate and graduate courses related to water quality analysis, assessment and mitigation, and/or additional areas to be determined based on the successful candidate・s background and interests.  Supporting student success and diversity is an important aspect of this position.


College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Candidates should demonstrate commitment to student success in their ability to contribute to the faculty・s culture around supporting students, particularly through diversity in the mentoring environment and through responsiveness to the diversity of student learning styles.


Letters of application should at a minimum address each of the required qualifications and the preferred qualifications listed in this announcement. Applications should include the following: 1) letter of application addressing each of the required qualifications and the preferred qualifications listed in this announcement, 2) a 1-page statement of research interest; 3) a 1-page statement of your philosophy of and strategies for teaching and student success, and 4) a copy of your current resume including your phone number and names of 4 references (at least one of whom was under your supervision) who can be contacted by telephone.


Additional Required Qualifications:

Ph.D in Biological, Ecological, or Agricultural, Civil, or Environmental Engineering or a related field by start date of employment.

Excellent communication skills

Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Sufficient training to qualify for the Professional Engineering Examination

Demonstrated scholarship in the field of water quality engineering


Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in multidisciplinary teams

Record of/commitment to working with underrepresented and underserved students or other diverse audiences.

Life experience, education, or training that broadens capacity to equalize student success or impact underserved audiences.

Solutions-oriented research that integrates process modeling (e.g. fate and transport, etc.) and technology development in environmental systems.


The position is located in Corvallis, Oregon.


The Biological and Ecological Engineering Department is devoted to the application of engineering, ecological and life-science principles and problem-solving techniques to the optimum use and sustainability of ecological resources. The department seeks to integrate human activities with the natural environment to the benefit of both. With undergraduate and graduate options, we bring the insights from earth sciences, hydrology, and biology and the methods of engineering together to provide the products and tools of the future.


Oregon State University・s commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our Strategic Plan ( articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and equalizing learner success. The College of Agricultural Sciences is likewise committed to success of all learners accessed through its extension and outreach programs.


OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


For more information, contact Dr. Desiree Tullos (, Search Committee Chair.


About Corvallis from

:Not many cities can claim to be an hour from the ocean, an hour-and-a-half from the mountains, surrounded by national forests and yet a short distance away from a major metropolitan area, but Corvallis, Ore., offers all this and much more as one of America・s Best Places to Live 2015.

Corvallis (population 56,535) has long been known as the home of Oregon State University and a progressive, intellectually vibrant community that has led in municipal sustainability practices and green initiatives. It・s also set in a beautiful area of the Pacific Northwest, resulting in a wealth of outdoor recreational activities. Corvallis was named to our list of 10 Best College Towns in 2012.;


To review posting and apply, go to Posting # 0016965. When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) letter of application addressing each of the required qualifications and the preferred qualifications listed in this announcement, 2) a 1-page statement of research interest; 3) a 1-page statement of strategies for extension and teaching, and 4) a copy of your current resume including your phone number and names of 3 references (at least one of whom was under your supervision) who can be contacted by telephone.



POSTED: 10-16-2015


Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering


Civil Engineering

Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA


Search Status: Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.


The rapidly growing Environmental Engineering program at Saint Francis University seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position starting August 2016. Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree at the time of appointment or have a master's degree with significant professional experience in environmental engineering or a closely related engineering field. Professional licensure or the ability to become licensed is required; industrial experience will be especially valued.


Environmental engineering at Saint Francis is an exclusively undergraduate program emphasizing experiential-learning in the classroom and close collaboration between faculty and students in research projects, service-learning, and outreach activities. We are currently engaged in a department-wide effort to enhance the professional preparedness of our graduates. As part of this effort, we are seeking candidates for this position who will play a leading role in strengthening links between our students and the environmental engineering profession as it is practiced in industrial, consulting, and/or regulatory settings.


Examples of activities that could be pursued include establishing an active consulting business that utilizes undergraduate students, developing a co-op program in partnership with regional consulting firms, or creating streamlined pathways for students to gain professional certifications. These are only examples; we encourage applicants to think creatively about how they would engage students in professional development. Scholarly research, publication, and grantsmanship are also valued, but the ideal candidate will engage in these activities in ways that build connections with the practice of environmental engineering.


Saint Francis University is a small Catholic liberal-arts institution situated in Loretto, PA. More information about the institution can be found at Questions about the environmental engineering program can be directed to Dr. Bill Strosnider,


To apply, fill out an online application at and submit: (i) cover letter, (ii) C.V., (iii) two page statement of teaching philosophy, (iv) two page statement of research interests/professional development plans, (v) unofficial transcripts, and (vi) names and contact information for three professional referees to



POSTED: 9-8-2015


Watershed Modeling Data Analytics

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor


Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio



The Ohio State University seeks qualified candidates for a 9 month, tenure-track faculty position available in Columbus starting on or after January 1, 2016. The successful candidate will provide leadership to assemble, integrate and analyze hydrology datasets including ground and surface water coupled with current and predicted precipitation to preserve fresh water supplies. Candidates should have experience in quantifying how changes in climate and land cover impact solute transport and water flux through landscapes and in modeling interactions between climate, water, and cropping systems. One major focus for interdisciplinary research is the Lake Erie watershed and issues related to dissolved reactive Phosphorus (DRP). Additional expectations include:

P         integrate analytical techniques such as GIS, agent based modeling, hydrological and fluid dynamics, climate and weather, and/or large-scale nonlinear optimization;

P         develop and improve access to large data for whole systems analysis of watersheds at multiple scales;

P         provide leadership to developing tools for analysis and visualization that might range from apps to supercomputer software;

P         teach an interdisciplinary undergraduate/graduate watershed modeling course;

P         obtain funding to support a research program and outreach program that result in national impacts and high-quality publications;

P         provide leadership to the profession through state and national professional society participation; and

P         advise and recruit graduate and undergraduate students.


Depending on the candidate・s areas of expertise, a joint appointment can be considered between the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering or the School of Environment and Natural Resources. This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant investment that leverages the university・s expansive scholarly resources, creativity and shared commitment to make a global impact.



Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in agricultural, biological, hydrological or data science or engineering, or closely allied program. Registration as a Professional Engineer or demonstrated eligibility desirable. It is essential that the candidate has good knowledge of agricultural systems; excellent speaking and writing skills; ability and desire to work in interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Extension and Research teams; and ability to teach in various Extension settings as well as in resident instruction. Preferred Qualifications: Experience developing or working in interdisciplinary research teams, experience in mentoring members of underrepresented groups.


About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries (see Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is

available at


Application Instructions:

Application: Applications accepted through October 1, 2015, or until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, academic transcripts, a one-page summary of your philosophy of teaching and research, and a statement specifically addressing their experiences in mentoring underrepresented groups. Applicants should provide the names and contact information (address, e-mail, phone) of three professional references. Application materials should be sent electronically to:


Dr. Andy Ward, Professor and Search Committee Chair

Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Ohio State University

590 Woody Hayes Drive

Columbus, OH 43210-1057

Telephone: 614/292-9354; Fax: 614/292-9448; E-mail:


The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


POSTED: 8-18-2015


Water Resources Management Faculty Position


Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas


Increased competition for inadequate water supplies drives the development of more innovative water resource management techniques. The Biological and Agricultural Engineering department at Kansas State University seeks an individual to develop and communicate effective water resource management strategies as an assistant, associate, or full professor. For more information, please visit


Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.


POSTED: 7-29-2015


Research Associate V Headwater Stream Ecology and Water Quality


Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia


Position Summary: The Research Associate position involves field work, laboratory analyses, database management, statistical analyses, and data interpretation of selected carbon dynamics, benthic macroinvertebrate community structure, and water-quality parameters in headwater streams affected by coal-mining activities in the Appalachian region of the USA. The successful candidate will be responsible for scientific research that involves establishment, sampling, and analysis of a leaf litter decomposition study in headwater streams. The successful candidate will also assist and support an ongoing study evaluating temporal and spatial dynamics of benthic macroinvertebrate communities as affected by water quality, particularly total dissolved solids and trace elements in headwater streams. Activities will include maintenance of automated water quality monitoring equipment; collecting and analyzing samples of benthic macroinvertebrates and water from study streams; assessing long-term temporal patterns of chemical and biological changes in study streams; and analyzing leaf litter samples for mass loss and chemical properties in the laboratory. The successful candidate will also provide support and assistance to other related research activities, including investigation of trophic transfer and bioaccumulation of elevated levels of trace elements, especially selenium, in study streams, database management, statistical analyses, report and manuscript preparation, and quality assurance/quality control. The successful candidate will work as a member of an interdisciplinary research team, comprised of members who assist and support one another while conducting scientific studies of Appalachian headwater streams influenced by surface coal mining.


The successful candidate will possess the physical capability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and to walk for distances that may exceed several hundred yards in rough terrain while carrying scientific equipment and samples; a valid U.S. driver・s license; ability to travel by vehicle to remote areas independently; ability to work occasional long days and to engage in occasional overnight travel when required to complete essential tasks; and possess excellent communication skills.


Required Qualifications: An M.S. or equivalent degree in a scientific discipline that concerns natural resource management, such as water quality, hydrology, aquatic biology, stream ecology, stream restoration, or biogeochemistry; professional or academic experience and knowledge concerning water sampling and water quality analysis in both field and laboratory settings; professional or academic experience that concerns scientific data management and analysis; physical capability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and to walk for distances that may exceed several hundred yards in rough terrain while carrying scientific equipment and samples; a valid U.S. driver・s license; ability to travel by vehicle to remote areas independently; ability to work occasional long days and to engage in occasional overnight travel when required to complete essential tasks; excellent command of the English language, including demonstrated capability to communicate in English both within and outside of scientific settings.


Preferred Qualifications: Experience conducting leaf litter breakdown studies in streams; knowledge or experience involving sampling and analysis of benthic macroinvertebrate communities; experience analyzing water samples in the laboratory for parameters including total dissolved solids, dissolved nutrients, and trace elements such as selenium; experience in deploying and managing automated scientific equipment that operates remotely in field settings; demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data and write for scientific publication.

Anticipated Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.


Position Start Date: As soon as possible (expected September 2015).


Position Duration: This is a grant-funded position. Currently available funding is sufficient to support salary and benefits for 1 year.


How to Apply:, search for position number SR0150101. Applications will be evaluated beginning August 1, 2015.


For more Information Contact:

Stephen H. Schoenholtz

Director and Professor

Virginia Water Resources Research Center

Virginia Tech




POSTED: 7-23-2015


Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering


Department of Biological Systems Engineering, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


The Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track research and extension position at the assistant professor rank in Water Resources Engineering. We seek a highly motivated candidate to develop an integrated research/extension program to ensure Virginians have access to, and maximize the utilization of, a finite amount of quality water. Programmatic areas may include the following: assessing the impacts of climate change and climate variability on water resources and availability; developing and applying remote-sensing techniques to quantify water use and improve irrigation efficiency; irrigation and drainage water management; and developing/assessing water saving techniques and technologies to quantify agricultural, urban, and peri-urban water use efficiency for temperate and humid subtropical climates found in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic United States. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and implement an effective extension program in irrigation and water supply development.


Maintenance and appropriate allocation of adequate water supplies is an important concern to Virginia, which maintains a >$55 billion/year agricultural industry while urban areas continue to expand in several dense metropolitan areas (Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia). The demand for quality ground- and surface-water supplies is likely to grow in all sectors due, in part, to increasing demand for potable water to supply an expanding population, increasing agronomic and ornamental crop production, and maintaining urban landscaping. As demand increases, water availability may decrease as a result of climate change and more climate variability. Increased competition for limited water supplies drives the development of more sophisticated water resource management techniques. Virginia needs an individual to develop and communicate effective water resource and irrigation management strategies and techniques to a broad audience.


The BSE department is a diverse, dynamic, and rapidly expanding unit that includes faculty members conducting cutting-edge research in Watershed Science and Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering, while implementing crucial extension programming through Virginia Cooperative Extension. The BSE department is affiliated with two nationally ranked colleges: the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The department has close collaborations with the many faculty, departments, and institutes across the university and state that are involved in water-related programs. The successful candidate will be expected to build on and expand these relationships throughout the state.


Specific responsibilities are to develop and implement a nationally-recognized research/extension program, seek external funds, actively participate in graduate education by recruiting and advising graduate students, and participate in department, college, university, and professional service and outreach. The incumbent will be expected to secure competitive grants, establish a strong publication record, and support scholarly programs in both research and extension.


A Ph.D. degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline is required. Candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and have the clear ability to work well with faculty/peers across related disciplines, government entities, water supply stakeholders, and the general public. Preference will be given to candidates with at least one degree in engineering, experience with irrigation system design and management, demonstrated aptitude for extension and outreach, evidence of peer-reviewed publications, and a demonstrated record of securing extramural funding.


Apply online at (job posting TR0150084). Review of applications will begin on September 21, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must complete the faculty application online and upload (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement describing current research and future plans, and (4) an extension statement describing extension experience and future plans, and (5) names and contact information for three references.


Direct inquiries to Dr. Cully Hession, Search Committee Chair and BSE Professor,, 540-231-9480 or Dr. Mary Leigh Wolfe, BSE Department Head,, 540-231-6092.


Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.