Research Faculty Position in Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality

Penn State University

State College, PA, US


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a research faculty position in the area of watershed hydrology and water quality, particularly based on analytics and modeling that integrates data, computational models, and numerical techniques for understanding physical and ecological processes, and supporting watershed management and restoration. The position is open at the Research Associate and Senior Research Associate ranks and will be appointed by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with Penn State faculties and other research agencies, and support the scientific and technical activities of the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office. The Department seeks candidates who have demonstrated outstanding research in areas that align with the strategic research thrusts of the Department and the College of Engineering. Research thrusts relevant to this position include, but are not limited to, prediction of water quantity and quality impacts of local to regional scale watersheds; ecohydrology of forested, urban, and agricultural watersheds; understanding of surface and subsurface physical processes, linkage between terrestrial system of small-scale watersheds, local streams and large rivers; technical analysis and evaluation support of implementation of nutrient and sediment reduction alternatives; assessment of impacts of land use and climate change on water quality and linked ecosystems; data and computational science approaches to the quantification of the impacts of management alternatives; modeling of effects of current and projected management practices on living resources, water quality and vital habitats; innovative approaches to understand past, present, and future responses to land use change, climate change, and management practices through analysis of multiple models and long term monitoring network data; next generation models and tools for local scale decision making through cost effective, geographically-targeted nutrient and sediment reduction actions. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a dynamic group with 32 tenure-line faculty, annual research expenditures exceeding 20 million dollars, 33,000 peer-reviewed paper citations indexed by Thomson’s Web of Science, and U.S. News and World Report ranking of 20th for the civil engineering graduate program. The Department’s faculty has received a number of recent prestigious honors including 6 NSF CAREER awards and a NAE membership. Penn State University and the College of Engineering have strong initiatives in the area of water; thus, water is a growth area for the campus. Excellent opportunities exist for candidates to interact with faculty in multidisciplinary projects through the new Water Institute, Penn State Rock Ethics Institute, Institute for CyberScience, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Sustainability Institute, and Social Sciences Research Institute. Penn State is one of the nation’s leading research universities with expenditures exceeding $840 million annually. The University is also one of the nation’s leaders in industry-sponsored research, with partnerships involving over 400 companies on an annual basis. Qualified candidates shall hold a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or closely related discipline. Candidates will be expected to engage in collaborative research with Penn State faculties, state and federal research agencies and enhance the Department’s existing high-impact research and outreach. The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with background and experiences. An attractive benefits package is available. Applicants should upload a letter of application, resume, and the names and addresses of three professional references. For more information about the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, see For questions about the position contact Patrick Fox at [email protected] or 814-863-3084. Review of applications will begin mid April, and continue until a suitable candidate is found. The desired start date is May 2017.