Tenure Eligible Faculty Position: Groundwater Engineering

Utah State University

Logan, UT, USA 🇺🇸


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University (USU) invite applications for a tenure eligible faculty position in Groundwater Engineering. We anticipate hiring at the tenure track Assistant Professor level, but exceptional candidates at the Associate or Full Professor levels may also be considered. We seek candidates whose research will generate data-driven, collaborative, sustainable, and holistic solutions to water quantity, quality, and management problems involving groundwater, in the face of growing population, aging infrastructure, changing climate, and changing societal values. This position will build on USU’s existing strengths in water resources and environmental engineering. We are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and welcome applicants that share these values. This position will be a 9-month, tenure track, academic appointment with an anticipated start date of August 2022.

We seek candidates who can significantly contribute to scholarship and teaching in the broad topical area of groundwater engineering. The successful candidate must have a strong understanding of subsurface hydrology, the physics of groundwater flow and transport, modeling of groundwater flow, and/or remote sensing of groundwater. Research areas for the successful candidate may include, but are not limited to, local and regional-scale groundwater dynamics, surface water-groundwater interactions, impact of climate variability on groundwater resources, and/or subsurface transport of groundwater contaminants. As part of the UWRL, the successful candidate’s research should have application in addressing groundwater problems in the state of Utah. Candidates must articulate a vision for and show how their research and teaching will: 1) yield data-driven, collaborative, sustainable, and holistic solutions; 2) leverage existing strengths at USU in hydrology, hydraulics, hydroinformatics, water resources management, geotechnical engineering, irrigation, water quality, and environmental engineering; and 3) improve CEE and USU capabilities to solve interdisciplinary water problems now and in the future. We seek candidates who promote diversity in education and research and have experience with a variety of collaboration, research, teaching, and curricular perspectives.

Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on October 25, 2021 and the search will continue until the position is filled.
Further inquiries should be made to:
Jeff Horsburgh, PhD
Search Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]


This position will be a 9-month, tenure track, academic appointment with a 50% research focus, 40% teaching focus, and 10% service focus:

50% Research: The successful candidate will establish a nationally recognized research program in groundwater engineering. This includes: securing extramural funding adequate to support a vibrant research program; developing, leading, and participating in research teams within and outside the CEE Department and UWRL; publishing scholarly works in respected, peer-reviewed journals; and presenting research results at professional conferences and other meetings.

40% Teaching: The successful candidate will engage in teaching high quality undergraduate and graduate engineering courses. The successful candidate will also recruit and mentor graduate students to advance their research program.

10% Service: The successful candidate will participate in department, university, and professional service and outreach along with service to the broader community through professional societies, committee memberships, reviews, and other leadership activities.


Minimum Qualifications:
● PhD in Civil, Environmental, or Hydraulic Engineering, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Earth Sciences, Geosciences, or a closely related water field.
● Established record of research excellence appropriate for the candidate’s rank.
● Ability to teach relevant undergraduate and graduate engineering courses, including groundwater engineering. For information about USU courses, see: https://engineering.usu.edu/cee/students/undergraduate/courses, https://engineering.usu.edu/cee/students/requirements/index

Preferred Qualifications:
● Prior teaching experience at the college or university level.
● Record of success in obtaining external research funding.
● A professional engineering license or the ability to obtain one.
● Record of peer-reviewed publications.

To be considered at the Associate or Full Professor level, the following additional qualifications must be met:
● An established research agenda with a strong publication record that demonstrates excellence and leadership in groundwater-related research.
● A strong record of extramural funding.
● A demonstrated record of success in research, teaching, and mentoring junior faculty, post doctoral scholars, and/or graduate students.
● A demonstrated national or international reputation.

Required Documents

The following documents are requested in PDF format:

  1. Cover letter summarizing motivation, qualifications, experience, and career goals.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Names and contact information of at least three professional references. 
  4. A concise statement of up to three pages that conveys your vision of how your proposed research program will: 1) address specific topical areas in the context of water resources challenges, 2) complement existing CEE Department and UWRL research, and 3) integrate with other interdisciplinary research/faculty collaborators at USU.
  5. A two-page teaching statement that explains your approach to teaching and briefly describes existing or new CEE courses you would like to teach or develop.
  6. Two of your most relevant peer-reviewed journal article publications.

Your cover letter, research and teaching statements should include a description of how your research and teaching address issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Please upload the cover letter, research statement, teaching statement, and journal articles into the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”. Each submitted file should follow the naming convention:

[applicant last name]_[applicant first name]_[file type]

For example, the cover letter for an applicant named Jane Smith should be named “Smith_Jane_CoverLetter.pdf”.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

With its main campus in Logan, Utah, USA (https://utah.com/logan), USU is a growing and well-funded institution fostering excellence and diversity with well-equipped analytical, experimental, and computational infrastructure. USU offers a fertile environment for research collaborations between different disciplines on campus, domestically, and internationally. In addition, USU offers internationally competitive startup resources, salaries, and benefits and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.

CEE and UWRL faculty, in collaboration with colleagues across USU’s campus, conduct cutting edge water research that contributes to addressing growing societal water challenges and advances basic understanding in the water sciences. The UWRL is one of the largest university-based water research facilities in the United States with a mission to generate knowledge needed to solve the water problems of the state of Utah, the nation, and the world. We seek colleagues who can conduct innovative field experiments, carry out laboratory studies using the UWRL’s Environmental Quality and Hydraulics Laboratory facilities, develop new modeling approaches, and/or leverage advances in instrumentation, remote sensing, cyberinfrastructure, computing, and visualization to address critical challenges in protecting and managing groundwater resources.

For additional information on USU, the CEE department, or the UWRL, please consult:

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, [email protected], Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, [email protected], Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, [email protected]

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, [email protected]

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.





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