Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reno, Nevada, United States

Job description

University of Nevada, Reno – Main Campus

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Job Description
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for up to two assistant professors in the area of structural engineering for extreme events. These full-time, tenure-track positions include teaching, research, and service responsibilities.

In accordance with the University’s mission as a land grant institution, duties include undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision of graduate students, performance of research, development of externally funded research activities, and university service. Up to two appointments are expected to be made at this level. The intended start date for both positions is July 1, 2019.

Required Qualifications
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification, and a strong research background in structural engineering for resilient communities. In particular, candidates are required to have expertise in either: (1) computational mechanics in soil-structure-interaction or fluid-structure interaction, as related to risk evaluation and design of civil infrastructure for extreme events, or (2) at least one of the following: multi-hazard protective systems, structural health monitoring, intelligent infrastructure, and emerging technologies in structural engineering. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate experience in, or have an interest in, innovative teaching.

Preferred Qualifications
In addition to the above required qualifications, experience in large-scale numerical and experimental simulations of structural systems subject to extreme events is desirable. It is also desirable that the candidates be able to demonstrate an ability and interest in becoming registered, or be already registered, as a professional engineer, and be capable of teaching courses in structural design.

Compensation Grade
Assistant Professor – II

Total Compensation
The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving expenses (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.

Department Information
Thanks to substantial growth in both student enrollment and tenure-track faculty positions, the College of Engineering has received funding to build a new engineering building, scheduled to be completed in 2020. The new engineering building provides both additional space critically needed by the College and the modern facilities capable of supporting high-tech research and laboratory space. This building will allow the College to pursue its strategic vision, serve Nevada and the nation, and educate future generations of engineering professionals.

The structural and earthquake engineering program within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the university’s premier research programs with nine academic faculty, two research faculty and approximately 35 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Its state-of-the-art structural engineering laboratories are among the most advanced in the United States and perhaps the world. They comprise the 18,000 sq. ft. Large-Scale Structures Laboratory with 7,500 sq. ft. of strong floor space, and the 44,000 sq. ft. Earthquake Engineering Laboratory with 9,600 sq. ft. of strong floor space. The latter houses the only re-locatable, four-table array in the U.S. capable of simulating earthquakes for large-scale, system-level experiments. This array includes three, identical, 50-ton, biaxial shake tables, and a 50-ton, 6-degree-of-freedom shake table. A fifth shake table and biaxial laminar soil box is under construction for studying soil-structure-interaction. When complete in fall 2018, it will be the second largest such facility in the world. In addition, a large family of servo-hydraulic actuators is available for hybrid experimentation.

For further information about the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, please go to:

Contact Information for this position
Professor David McCallen (, Search Committee Chair


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)
Attach the following attachments to your application

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for Three Professional References
  4. Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.
  5. Statement of Research and Teaching Philosophy.

Posting Close Time
This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date

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How to apply

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