Cyberinfrastructure

Monday, October 9, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Assistant/ Associate/ Full
Job Institution: 
University of Utah
Job Description: 

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CvEEN) at the University of Utah invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions in the area of cyberinfrastructure and civil engineering systems with a start date of August 16, 2018. The positions are open at all levels. The University of Utah values a diverse faculty and encourages female and minority candidates to apply.

The successful applicants will be expected to develop and teach innovative undergraduate and graduate courses within CvEEN and contribute to emerging distance and remote education programs; develop a sustained, externally-funded research program; mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate students; and provide departmental, college and university service. An earned doctorate in Civil & Environmental Engineering or closely aligned engineering and computer science fields with a focus on cyberinfrastructure before the date of hire is required. For Associate Professor and Professor levels, a track record of externally funded research in the cyberinfrastructure area is expected. Strong communication skills and the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies are also necessary.

All areas of expertise related to the advancement of cyber-technologies in civil and environmental infrastructure are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those aligning with teaching and research strengths in CvEEN innovating intelligent multifunctional systems with applications to structural health monitoring, hazard mitigation and emergency response, public health and safety, transportation operations, net-zero buildings, smart cities, accelerated construction, and sustainable and resilient infrastructure, water, energy and resource management.

CvEEN has embarked on an exciting strategic initiative to modernize the undergraduate curriculum, innovate new teaching approaches, and expand the opportunities for learners to access our courses. New hires will be expected to help with ideas and contributions to mold the CvEEN educational vision to incorporate cyberinfrastructure elements and support the implementation of the developed curriculum.

High-impact research by the successful applicants is desired across the life cycle of infrastructure, including planning and design, mitigating disturbances, monitoring infrastructure conditions, performing self-diagnosis, optimizing operations, and conducting self-repairs. The intellectual depth, innovation and promise of the candidates, as well as their ability to participate in multidisciplinary research collaborations, are of higher priority than their specific research areas. Areas of particular interest to support the Department’s enhanced focus on collaborations throughout the College and University include:

• Low-cost and low-power sensors and wireless communication networks;
• Next generation diagnostic and control systems supporting autonomous infrastructure systems;
• Reliability of cyber-technologies in civil and environmental infrastructure systems;
• Extreme data management, analytics, and visualization;
• Multi-level and hyper-resolution sensing and integrated modeling;

• Internet of Things innovations in civil and environmental infrastructure systems; and
• Cyber-physical security implications of technologies in civil and environmental infrastructure.

Candidates will also be evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate strong core fundamentals in one or more areas such as data analytics, operations research/systems analysis, geographic information science, artificial intelligence, economic analysis, and risk sciences that will allow diverse work across disciplinary boundaries.

The University of Utah College of Engineering aims to prepare students for leadership positions and professional practice in academia, industry, and government. The college is greatly expanding in the number of tenure-track faculty, and has grown to research nearly $80 million per year, making it one of the top 50 engineering universities in the country for research productivity. The CvEEN department is one of seven rapidly growing departments within the College of Engineering. It currently has 20 tenure track faculty members, 88 full-time graduate students, and 275 undergraduate students. The department, and affiliated research centers and institutes, has an active research program with $20 million in external funding in 2016. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in CvEEN and new B.S. and M.S. degrees in Construction Engineering.

The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. Founded in 1850, the University now enrolls over 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is part of the Pac-12 Conference. Adjacent to the campus is Research Park, home to more than 50 businesses with close research and operational ties to the University. The University of Utah was recently recognized as the top research university in the nation when it comes to commercializing technology innovations, according to the Milken Institute’s 2017 ranking of Best Universities for Technology Transfer. And it is consistently ranked among the top academic institutions for creating startup companies based on university technology. Salt Lake City is the state capital and home to many businesses and nonprofit organizations. It is known as a hotbed for technology-oriented business startups that provide great opportunities for student learning and research.

The Salt Lake City metropolitan area has a population of approximately 1.1 million residents, and is a key urban center in the intermountain west. The metro area has extensive arts and cultural activities and a major airport close to downtown and the University of Utah. The area has four distinct seasons, including mild winters and warm summers, and offers unmatched opportunities for outdoor recreation, including easy access to the mountains, world-class skiing, the red rock country of the Colorado Plateau, and eight national parks. With these advantages, the state of Utah is regularly identified as having a high quality of life and being a top place for business and careers.

The initial screening of applicants will begin on December 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Electronic application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and contact information for four references. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Steve Burian (steve.burian@utah.edu). To apply please go to http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/69004.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with adequate notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see: http://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/.