Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture - Soil/Water, Agriculture - University / Academic
The Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track research and teaching position at the assistant professor rank in Watershed Engineering. We seek a highly motivated candidate whose research will contribute to current strengths in characterization, control and modeling of nonpoint source pollution; ecosystem restoration; large scale land-atmosphere interactions in the context of climate change; and statistical risk models addressing water sustainability. The ideal candidate will have interests in exploring challenges such as providing food, water, and energy for a growing population while maintaining ecosystem services that require systems approaches across multiple disciplines. Research programs could focus on the development and application of modeling approaches to better predict the risk and magnitude of contaminant transport and fate occurring in hydrologic systems, analysis of water system dynamics, and water sustainability. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute through their research and teaching programs to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The candidate will contribute to the teaching program, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, in courses related to watershed modeling, nonpoint source pollution, hydrology, and the candidate’s focus area.
BSE is a diverse, dynamic, and rapidly expanding department conducting cutting-edge research in Watershed Science and Engineering and Biomolecular 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, including the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, Global Change Center, and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.
A Ph.D. degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline is required at the time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, and evidence of peer-reviewed publications. Applicants must also have a competitive research program or, for new Ph.D.’s, a strong promise for developing a research program.
About Virginia Tech - Biological Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 30 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). A...s the Commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world.