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. Occasional travel to conferences and meetings are a requirement.
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.