Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Eco-Hydrology via AGU

University of Washington

Seattle, WA, US

The University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) invites applications for a full-time (9-month; 100% FTE) tenure-track Assistant Professor (0116) position to begin Autumn 2017. The aim is to enhance SEFS’ research and teaching capabilities in the area of water resources engineering in the context of sustainable production.  The position intends to leverage departmental and university strengths to establish UW as an innovation leader in preservation of finite water and material resources, environmental protection, and sustainable production of forest products including fuels and chemicals.

Particular areas of specialization could include, but are not limited to, hydrology, water treatment with natural or physical-chemical methods, reuse of wastewater, water resources or other applicable environmental engineering, runoff management, and beneficial use of biosolid and similar waste materials.

The individual in this faculty position will be expected to:

  • Contribute to interdisciplinary research initiatives – for example, the University’s Freshwater Initiative ( and the Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory ( – and to develop and lead a relevant and self-sustaining research program.
  • Be a leading contributor to existing courses and to the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula that integrate environmental science and resource management, bioresource science and engineering, and environmental engineering.An ideal candidate would have the capability to teach undergraduate courses in wildland hydrology and industrial water engineering.
  • Engage in university and public service relevant to their professional expertise.

The person appointed to this position must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in civil, environmental or a related engineering field, or be a licensed professional engineer in good standing.
  • Hold a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in an appropriate area of engineering, hydrology, or a closely related field.
  • Have demonstrated interests in teaching and mentoring.

The College of the Environment and SEFS ( are dedicated to creating a climate of engagement, actively enlarging the boundaries of diversity, and highlighting the crucial roles that under-represented groups play in experiencing, documenting, understanding, and solving environmental challenges. All applicants must therefore have a demonstrated willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds; and to advise and teach a graduate and undergraduate student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, culture and career path.

The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see The University of Washington is recognized for supporting the work-life balance of its faculty.

Applications must be submitted as a single PDF to [email protected] with Environmental engineering/Eco-hydrology in the email title. The application must include the following:

1) Letter of application;
2) Curriculum Vitae;
3) Description of research accomplishments (2 pages);
4) Statement of research plans (2 pages);
5) Statement of teaching interests (1 page);
6) Names and contact information of at least 3 professional references.

Review of applications will begin 27 February 2017. For questions about this position, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Rick Gustafson ([email protected]) or Jim Fridley ([email protected]), Search Committee Co-Chairs. 

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.