Assistant or Associate Professor in Hydrology

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI, United States 🇺🇸

The new School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in the field of Hydrology. We are flexible with regard to areas of specialization, and seek the very best scholar with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in any aspect of freshwater hydrology. However, examples of sub-disciplines that are of interest to the school include: ecohydrology, agrohydrolgy, hydroclimatology, hydrogeochemistry, and hydrogeology. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Hydrology or a closely related field. Those at the assistant level must have a strong record of scholarly publication, evidence of teaching potential in a multidisciplinary setting, as well as activities demonstrating a potential for and/or trajectory towards national and international recognition. Those at the associate level are expected to have demonstrated teaching experience in a multidisciplinary setting, and a publication record and activities that reflect accomplishments as a nationally and internationally recognized scholar. Importantly, we are seeking candidates who have a demonstrated history of using their research to help solve real-world sustainability problems. Therefore, candidates should have some evidence of engaging stakeholders in their work, and evidence of collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to develop implementable solutions to sustainability challenges. 

This position is part of a suite of six new faculty hires at SEAS including: data science for sustainable development; energy systems; geovisualization; hydrology; water policy, politics and planning; and spatial systems/coupled natural and human systems.

SEAS’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and address global sustainability challenges at the intersection of environment and society through research, teaching, and civic engagement. The faculty of the School is diverse, with natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working together in an integrative setting. Set within a major research university, SEAS leads interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement on sustainability and catalyzes cross-campus collaboration at the University of Michigan. The School focuses on key cross-cutting sustainability themes, including climate and energy; water; food, land use, and agriculture; conservation and restoration; and cities, the built environment, and mobility.

The School offers a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment and a professional M.S. degree in six fields of study: conservation ecology; environmental informatics; sustainable systems; environmental policy and planning; behavior, education and communication; and environmental justice. The School also offers a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.). The student body includes over 350 M.S./M.L.A. and 60 doctoral students. SEAS also participates in multiple cross-campus degree programs, including an undergraduate Program in the Environment, dual degrees with the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business, Engineering, Law, Public Health and Public Policy, and offers several graduate certificate programs. Additional information about the School can be found at

All SEAS faculty are expected to: 1) develop an internationally recognized research program that addresses a pressing sustainability challenge; 2) attract external funding; 3) support SEAS’s teaching programs at graduate and undergraduate levels, including mentoring and supervising doctoral and master’s students; and 4) contribute to the stewardship of the School, the University and relevant professions through service, collaboration, and engagement with real-world stakeholders.  

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. SEAS hopes to appoint a faculty member to this position to begin in Fall 2018.

To apply, candidates should submit: (1) a one-page cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) research and teaching statements; (4) a one-page statement on how the candidate contributes to diversity efforts; (5) copies of three important publications; and (6) three letters of recommendation for assistant professor candidates. Senior candidates can substitute names and contact information for three potential letter writers. All materials should be uploaded as a single PDF file.  Inquiries about the position can be addressed to [email protected]