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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Environmental/Water Chemistry

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of environmental /water chemistry and water resources with the possibility at either the assistant or associate professor level, depending on the successful applicant’s level of experience and qualifications.

The Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering and currently has 23 full-time faculty members with expertise in structures, transportation, and the environment. Focal points for research, in addition to faculty research laboratories, include the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing, the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Structural Engineering Test Hall, the Water-Energy Nexus Center, and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

The Department seeks a forward-looking scholar to expand in areas that include environmental photochemistry, degradation of organic contaminants in surface waters, the impact of watershed perturbations on water quality, water in urbanized environments, and water-quality related environmental and food security issues. Research expertise that combines field observations, laboratory analysis, theory and modeling will be given special consideration. We are particularly interested in candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research and building water-related collaborations across engineering, chemistry, biology, health sciences and public policy.

UC Irvine is located in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, where rapid urban development and population growth have stressed limited water resources. Private entities and public agencies are responding with major projects to treat and reuse wastewater and stormwater, reduce surface-water pollution caused by urban runoff, and reduce the carbon and energy footprint of treatment processes. These developments provide tremendous opportunities for high impact and innovative research to advance basic and applied knowledge regarding sustainable urban water systems. Moreover, the successful applicant will benefit from a highly interdisciplinary UC Irvine water program involving dozens of faculty and research laboratories from many departments in several different schools and existing partnerships with major water utilities and public water agencies.

Applicants are expected to have a doctorate from an accredited university in a relevant science or engineering discipline. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program, maintain a strong publication record, advise students, provide outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute their leadership and innovative thinking toward an excellent water sciences and engineering program within the department and the university. Successful candidates will also be expected to contribute toward increasing the number of students (especially underrepresented minority students) pursuing graduate degrees in water-related programs.

Applications should include a cover letter, a description of research and teaching interests, including ability to contribute to departmental and interdisciplinary programs, a curriculum vitae, a statement describing commitment to diversity, and the names and contact information of at least four references. References will not be contacted until later stages of consideration, in consultation with the candidate.

Applications received by December 15, 2017 will be given full consideration although the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically at

One of the youngest University of California (UC) campuses, UC Irvine is ranked the first in the United States and the fifth in the world among universities less than 50 years old, according to the Times Higher Education survey. Compensation is competitive with the nation's finest universities, and includes priority access to on-campus for-sale faculty housing. UC Irvine is located 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 45 miles south of Los Angeles. The area offers a very pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, and one of the highest-ranked public school systems in the nation.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Irvine, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching - including ability to contribute to departmental and interdisciplinary programs

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)