Assistant Professor - Water Quality Modeling (Water Faculty Cluster)

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)

Syracuse, NY, USA 🇺🇸

About College of Environmental Science and Forestry:

Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation’s oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. The ESF main campus is in Syracuse, NY and has regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park. ESF consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson’s Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks.

Job Description:

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY is building a faculty cluster in Water Research to complement existing expertise in this general area as well as in water chemistry, water resources management, and aquatic ecology. The new cluster will be seeded with tenure-track positions in water quality modeling (Department of Environmental Resources Engineering), aquatic biochemistry (Department of Chemistry), water policy and governance (Department of Environmental Studies) and biotechnology and aquatic sciences (Department of Environmental Biology).   Full details on the cluster hire and all positions are available at

The Department of Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) invites applications for an academic-year (10 month) tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor with research and teaching interests in the area of water quality modeling.  This is broadly defined as modeling the interaction of physical, chemical, biological, and ecological processes as related to streams, rivers, and lakes. The focus may be oriented to watershed or aquatic processes, and the ideal candidate will make use of advanced modeling techniques or the novel integration of sensing with modeling to gain new fundamental insights that can lead to restoration and improved management of water resources.  Of particular interest is research addressing critical environmental problems such as the prediction of algal blooms, effects of climate change or land use change on water quality, or optimization of watershed best management practices. Applicants should demonstrate a capacity to engage in multidisciplinary projects working with engineers, hydrologists, chemists, biologists, ecologists, or policy specialists.  

Responsibilities:   The workload for this position is 40% teaching, 50% research, and 10% service. The candidate would be expected to teach at least one undergraduate core class as well as upper level/graduate classes in their specialty area. Service responsibilities include advising undergraduate students in ERE, mentoring graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels, and participating in department, college and professional service.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in engineering, earth science, or a related discipline
  • Strong record of publication
  • Evidence of potential to develop an externally funded research program

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring
  • A strong interest in collaborative research across disciplines, especially within the ESF Water Science Cluster
  • The possibility to become a licensed professional (e.g. P.E., C.G.W.P.)
  • Demonstrated experience fostering an inclusive environment, working with people from diverse backgrounds, and incorporating diverse perspectives in research

Starting Salary: commensurate with experience

Additional Information:

The College and Faculty:  The successful candidate will join the Department of Environment Resources Engineering ( The Department offers an EAC/ABET accredited undergraduate degree (B.S.) along with M.S., M.P.S., M. Eng., and Ph.D. graduate degrees.  Areas of specialization include water resources engineering, environmental and ecological engineering, and geospatial information science and engineering. The department currently has 10 faculty members distributed among these sub-areas and enrolls about 140 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. 

ESF is a specialized PhD-granting college within the 64-campus SUNY system, and is a Carnegie R2 “High Research Activity” Institution that consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and other national college guidebooks. SUNY-ESF is dedicated to solving environmental problems through research, teaching and service. With a total enrollment of 1,700 undergraduates and 600 graduate students, SUNY-ESF provides an intimate small-college atmosphere with a low student/faculty ratio that allows for personal attention and assistance for students.  ESF is one of nine Ph.D. granting institutions within the SUNY system. Integration of research and teaching is emphasized and the college has a strong undergraduate research program where undergraduate students regularly work with graduate students and faculty. ESF has nine regional campuses/field stations and maintains nearly 25,000 acres of forest properties offering excellent opportunities for field-based research. Access to chemical instrumentation ( ) on the campus is excellent. The ESF campus is adjacent to Syracuse University and close to SUNY Upstate Medical University.  The Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital, Upstate Medical University Hospital, Crouse Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital are within walking distance from ESF, and offer extensive research and collaborative opportunities for health-related projects. The University Hill community provides students and faculty with the resources of large institutions of higher education, including a wide array of courses, computer and library facilities, and sports and health services.

ESF has an especially strong focus in aquatic sciences, with more than 50 faculty members on campus focused on environmental problems involving water.  In the past decade, ESF has made major investments in new laboratories including the Center for Integrated Teaching and Research in Aquatic Sciences, the forest soils laboratory, and the mass spectrometry complex. The Clarkson-ESF Center of Excellence in Healthy Waters Solutions helps foster and financially support collaborations between academic researchers and the private sector.

Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes region, Syracuse is a small city in a rural region offering a diversity of natural and cultural amenities, a low cost of living, and a high quality of life, ranking among the top 10 percent of “Best Places to Live” in “The Places Rated Almanac.” Syracuse is situated with easy access to New York City, the Adirondack Park, the Great Lakes, and many other points of interest in the eastern United States and Canada.

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The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse community that promotes equity and inclusion for all its members. Diversity that arises from differences such as, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or religious traditions is central and indispensable to the institutional excellence and mission of the College.

ESF is actively recruiting diverse faculty of all backgrounds.   In efforts and our commitment to the goal of building a diverse workforce we are participating in PRODiG. PRODiG (“Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth”) aims to increase the representation of historically underrepresented faculty at SUNY including underrepresented minority (“URM”) faculty in general and women faculty of all races in STEM fields (“WSTEM”).

SUNY ESF is a Smoke and Tobacco Free campus and is dedicated to providing a healthy and safe environment for the entire campus.  For more information you can visit our Tobacco and Smoke Free Policy at Tobacco Free.pdf

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Instructions:

Application Procedure: Application materials must be submitted online at and should include: (1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications and interest in the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research interests, expertise and vision for future work (3 page limit), (4) statement of teaching philosophy and experience (2 page limit), and (5) contact information of three or more professional references. Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Stephen Shaw at [email protected].  Questions about the application process and document submission should be directed to [email protected].

Application Deadline:  To ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by August 15, 2022, although this position will remain open until filled.