The Kodak Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering

Job Type
Job Rank
Associate or Full Professor
Job Institution
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Job Description

The Kodak Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks applications for a tenured Associate or Full Professor in the department with the Kodak Endowed Chair Professorship commencing Fall 2022.

The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree or foreign degree equivalent in civil/environmental engineering or in a closely aligned field, a record of high-quality research and teaching, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and have attained national and international visibility. The successful candidate will possess academic credentials to qualify for a tenured faculty appointment at Rensselaer and will perform research as well as teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the ABET accredited Environmental and Civil Engineering curricula. Candidates possessing professional engineering registration or the ability to obtain it will be considered favorably.

Resonant with the Institute and School priorities, the CEE Department has made Water Resources and the Environment a priority and are interested in recruiting an individual who is committed to addressing the challenges of water security in the 21st century. Areas of interest include: water diagnostics and energy efficient purification and treatment of water; sensing and preserving water quality in large water bodies, recovery of thermal, chemical, or hydraulic resources from water and wastewater; assessment and mitigation of impacts of climate change on watershed processes, streamflow, and surface water quality.

The CEE Department at Rensselaer has a rich and distinguished history – CEE offered the first civil engineering (1835) and first environmental engineering (1960) degrees in the United States.  Today, CEE has 18 faculty, ~250 UG and 70 graduate students, and offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The department is highly interdisciplinary with faculty working across the theoretical/computational/experimental interfaces for each of the sub-disciplines: Environmental/Water, Geotechnical, Transportation, and Structures.  Research in these areas has been supported by numerous federal and state agencies.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to participate in the new initiatives in Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing, Energy, the Built and Natural Environment, and Smart Systems, and especially, in the Future of Water. The Rensselaer campus also offers rich opportunities for collaboration through various centers, including the Darrin Freshwater Institute, the Jefferson Project, the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, the Scientific Computation Research Center, the Geotechnical Centrifuge Center, and the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment among others.

Application Instructions: Please submit the following materials via Rensselaer's online hiring portal

(1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement including future research plans, (3) a statement of teaching activities and interests, (4) a diversity statement, and (5) contact information for a minimum of three professional references. Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately. The search will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Chris Letchford, Department Head,

Rensselaer welcomes candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to our work and campus communities.  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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