Local recruitment: Assistant Professor in Environmental or Water Resources Engineering, Fall 2022

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Knoxville, TN, USA 🇺🇸

The University of Tennessee – Knoxville: Knoxville Academic Units: Tickle College of Engineering: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Location: Knoxville, TN

Open Date: Sep 3, 2021


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the areas of Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering. We welcome applications from highly qualified individuals with a passion for teaching and research across all areas of specialization within these areas and who would complement existing strengths of the University. The successful candidate is expected to build an exceptional record of accomplishment including an externally-funded research program, impactful scholarship, effective mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds, and effective and inclusive teaching.

The new faculty member will join other members of the faculty in offering and supporting current degree programs and supporting a new BS degree program in Environmental Engineering, currently in the planning stages. The department has 22 tenure-line faculty members and 3 non-tenured full-time teaching faculty and offers baccalaureate, masters, and PhD degrees with concentrations in construction, environmental, geotechnical and materials, structures, transportation, and water resources engineering. The department ranks in the top 30 US institutions in scholarly publications and citations per faculty member according to Academic Analytics. We welcome applicants who can leverage the wealth of assembled expertise in related fields across the UT systems and could collaborate with researchers at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the newly-formed University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute and through a number of multidisciplinary centers including the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and the Center for Transportation Research. As the leading university partner in UT-Battelle, the management company for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the university offers extraordinary opportunities for cutting-edge research in science and engineering.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and particularly invite candidates who will strengthen our diversity and educational mission of teaching excellence. The department, college, and university strive to be a welcoming community where students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds are able to belong, thrive, and contribute. The university has established a number of policies to promote work-life balance and support the professional development and overall well-being of faculty. Knoxville boasts a vibrant economy, mild climate, diverse cultural opportunities, a lively downtown area, proximity to many natural and outdoor activities, and affordable cost of living.


  • Earned doctorate in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or closely related field at the time the position is filled
  • Research and teaching interests in any area of Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering
  • Demonstrated record of publishing in high quality academic journals
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Eligibility to work in the US
  • Registration as a professional engineer or ability to become registered is considered as beneficial, but not required

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit 1) an application letter addressing qualifications and motivation, 2) statements of research and teaching interests, 3) a complete curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information for five references. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Christopher Cherry, Chair of the Search Committee (voice: 865-974-7710; email [email protected]). Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.