Assistant Professor in Water Science

California State University-Northridge

Northridge, CA, US


College of Science and Math (Geological Sciences); College of Engineering and Computer Science (Civil Engineering and Construction Management); College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Geography & Political Science)

Rank:     Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Effective Date of Appointment:  August 23, 2017  (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary:    Dependent on qualifications

In the past two decades, hiring faculty en masse into multiple departments/colleges, or “cluster” hiring, has emerged as a practice to successfully bring on board a critical mass of interdisciplinary faculty. Cluster hiring also has been used to address other needs such as fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, launching new initiatives, broadening engagement with the community, and enhancing inclusivity. Our cluster consists of at least three (3) faculty members formed to support interdisciplinary scholarship, under the umbrella of “Water Resources.”  It is anticipated that these faculty will develop new areas of inquiry showing promise of future scholarly activity that places CSUN in a strategic position of strength in the water sciences.  Cluster faculty will be expected to engage in cross-departmental and / or cross-college interdisciplinary scholarship. 

This group will form a nucleus of an advanced water team (cluster).  This cluster will promote an interdisciplinary approach to water-resource science, sustainability, and management based on scholarly interests within the above listed departments. For more details, please review the official position announcement.


California State University, Northridge invites applications for three (3) full-time tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Departments of Civil Engineering and Construction Management, Geography, Geological Sciences, and Political Science, beginning August 23, 2017. The ideal candidates will have a strong interest and training in a subset of the general categories identified below.  The areas of interest include, but are not limited to:  surface-water hydrology and hydro-climatology, watershed processes, hydrogeology, applied mathematics and programming for surface and groundwater hydrologic modeling, and public policy with a particular focus on water in the western United States. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in a discipline appropriate for one of the listed departments or a related field of study by August 22, 2017.   Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

Applicants must provide evidence of outstanding commitment and demonstrated ability to research and teaching in an environment serving a diverse student population. Applicants with university teaching experience and evidence of commitment to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels are desired.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Application Instructions

Screening of applications will begin February 15, 2017.  Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline. However, the position will remain open until filled. Please upload the following documents as pdf files: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement, evidence of publication (three documents which may include articles in research journals and book chapters), teaching statement, statement of philosophy/experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, and three letters of recommendation.

In later phases of the search process, applicants will be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees and/or licenses and certificates.