Assistant Professor, Environmental and Water Resources (EWR) Engineering

Portland State University

Portland, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date09/16/2023
RankC – Assistant Professor
Working TitleAssistant Professor, Environmental and Water Resources (EWR) Engineering
Position NumberD94191
RepresentationAU – AAUP
Faculty TypeTenure Track
Fixed Term End Date:
Position FTE1
Term of Service9 month

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/DeptPortland State University is a public research university located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. The 50-acre downtown campus places students in a vibrant center of culture, business, and technology, allowing students to participate in internships, co-ops, and community-based projects. The University’s mission is to let knowledge serve and our urban setting and unique relationship with the public agencies and industry provide a living laboratory for research and collaboration. More than 23,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and our state-of-the-art engineering and computer science research, teaching, and lab spaces.The Willamette River passes through downtown Portland and the Columbia River along with the Pacific Ocean are nearby. Sustainability and climate change are not only at the core of the Department, but are also part of the broader mission of the university.The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science has 96 full-time faculty and enrolls more than 2,800 students who complete bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees, and graduate certificates from our five departments (civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, engineering and technology management, and mechanical and materials engineering). The college has a commitment to serving students in a welcoming environment and strives for excellence and impact in our research and teaching mission. More information can be found on the Maseeh College website.The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) currently has 25 faculty members and researchers serving over 380 undergraduate and 80 graduate students. CEE offers ABET-accredited B.S. degrees in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering and graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. The CEE departmental strategic vision includes research themes in prevention, planning, and management of extraordinary events; evaluation, development, and deployment of technologies that promote a better society; and creation and maintenance of healthy environments. The Departmental culture encourages support and mentoring for all new faculty by promoting academic career growth and collaboration among colleagues.
Position SummaryThe Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University (PSU) invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Environmental and Water Resources (EWR) Engineering, to begin September 2023. The position requires an earned doctorate in civil/environmental engineering or in a closely related field. The primary target of hiring is at the Assistant Professor level, but applicants may be considered at the Associate and Professor ranks. The expectations for the successful candidate include: 1) development of an externally-sponsored research program that per the Departmental vision uses advanced experimental and computational methods to provide knowledge/education that serves society and the environment; 2) teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses, the latter to include one or more graduate courses in their area of expertise; and 3) service to the University and profession. Candidates dedicated to excellence in teaching and effective mentoring of students with diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.We seek candidates that will excel as independent researchers but importantly also develop synergistic and mutually leveraged collaborations with the existing EWR faculty. Areas of interest as regards candidate expertise include: macroscale hydrology; water resources/water quality management at the watershed and larger scales; and river/estuary/coast systems. Familiarity with advanced concepts and tools such as remote sensing, “big data”, machine learning, AI, and FLOPS-intensive computer modeling are of particular interest. Research efforts that consider the effects of climate change are viewed as especially important. A major PSU advantage regarding EWR study in the above areas is the fact that Portland is the center for management of the Columbia River Basin, which extends over nearly 700,000 square kilometers and involves seven states and the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Primary ActivityI – Instructional
Minimum QualificationsPh.D. in Civil Engineering or related discipline. Non-Ph.D. applicants will be required to have completed the Ph.D. by September 15, 2023.
Preferred Qualifications
Key Cultural Competencies• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Environmental StewardshipContributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.
Professional Standards of ConductAt Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at
Total Compensation Range & Benefits StatementSalary is dependent on several factors, and new employees will typically start around the Q1 level to allow for later growth within the salary band. PSU has a structured process for determining starting compensation, taking into account years of related experience, applicable skills, knowledge and abilities, market parity, and internal equity.The starting annual salary for this position will be based upon the factors above, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.An excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools : visit our total compensation calculator to see the full value of our benefits package :

Application Instructions

Additional InformationPlease provide the following documents as part of your applicationCover letter (2 page limit)Curriculum vitae (no page limit)Research statement (3 page limit)Teaching statement (2 page limit)Contributions to diversity statement (2 page limit)Candidates should be advised that general applications will not score well in the review process. The review committee is interested in how each candidate’s research, teaching, and contributions to diversity connect with the research, teaching, and diversity, equity, and inclusion mission at PSU and the Maseeh College.The cover letter should describe the interest in the position and how the candidate’s expertise links to the department’s research and teaching mission. The research statement should articulate current and proposed research topics, settings or application areas, and potential funding sources. The teaching statement should describe the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate teaching interests and experiences (both existing and future courses) and convey the candidate’s understanding of evidence-based teaching practices. In the contributions to diversity statement, applicants are encouraged to describe how their past, present or potential teaching, research, and life experiences will inform their efforts to advance equity for diverse communities, including populations that are historically underrepresented or marginalized in the field, to provide a welcoming, inclusive learning environment for all students.Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)Please provide the names, email addresses and phone numbers for 3 professional references.
Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle?No
Background Check RequiredYes
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Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for PostingOpen Until Filled
Application screening begins12/01/2022
Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position?Yes
If yes, when must the degree be earned?September 15, 2023
If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future?Yes

Reference Requests

Accept ReferencesYes
Minimum Number of References3
Maximum Number of References5
Cutoff Date
Special Instruction for Reference Provider

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * If your current status is ABD, what month and year do you anticipate completing your Ph.D. degree? (Please answer n/a if you do not currently hold ABD status.)(Open Ended Question)
  2. * How did you first find out about this position?
    • PSU website
    • Indeed
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERCJobs
    • Referral
    • Professional Listserv- please specify in comment box in the next question
    • Professional Journal- please specify in comment box in the next question
    • Other- please specify in comment box in the next question
  3. If you selected Other, please describe.(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Interest
  4. Statement of Research Interests
  5. Other 2 (describe)

Optional Documents





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