Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering



Job description

University of Nevada, Reno – Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or [email protected]. For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023 or later. The Department seeks an individual with an outstanding academic record and dedication to excellence in teaching and research. Desired candidates should have strengths which compliment those of current faculty in the Environmental Engineering Program. Candidates with an established track record of early career research and the ability to conduct multidisciplinary research with other areas of engineering and science are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are desired.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

Develop and maintain an active, independent, and externally-funded research program; mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students; teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels; and serve on the department, college, university, and professional committees.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related field of engineering at the time of appointment.
  • The research areas of interest broadly include, but are not limited to: Biogeochemistry of enhanced aquifer recharge, groundwater management and remediation, advanced water treatment and reuse, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, engineering aspects of resilient infrastructure, and other emerging areas of water-focused environmental engineering.

Compensation Grade

Assistant Professor, 9-month

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Academic Faculty (Nine-month), Assistant Professor. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Remarkable Retirement!

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual “A” or “B” contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

“I had no idea the values of the faculty retirement plan when I joined UNR. On my first day, I found out I was fully vested in my contributions and the company’s 15.5% matching. I have watched my retirement grow over the years, not only in contributions, but with investments. It is hard to put into words how appreciative I am to feel so secure in my future” – Michelle B.

Perks of Working at UNR!

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision – Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave, life insurance and long-term disability – Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Reno is proud to be a University town! Many local businesses offer discounts to WolfCard holders
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life’s difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax!

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grants-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

UNR and the College of Engineering

The University of Nevada, Reno serves nearly 21,000 students Reno is located in the scenic lee of the Sierra Nevada mountains with mild, sunny weather and a variety of world-class outdoor recreation opportunities nearby. The Lake Tahoe watershed is ~30 minutes from campus with exceptional skiing, snowboarding, sailing, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking trails such as the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe through downtown Reno. The UNR College of Engineering (CoEN) continues its expansion with a bold new vision to contribute to national and international technology and manufacturing sectors and to provide the engineers of the future. Located in northern Nevada, where technology and manufacturing are two of the fastest growing industries, the CoEN values partnerships with the private sector as well as government and within academia. CoEN research programs contributed significantly to the UNR’s elevation to Carnegie R1 status in 2018 and more details are available at:

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is a highly research-active department with over 550 BS, MS, and PhD students, 22 tenured/tenure-track faculty, and 6 research faculty and technical staff. The department offers ABET-accredited BS degree programs in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, and graduate programs in 5 sub-disciplines that are nationally ranked by US News and World Report. The department has annual research expenditures of over $6.5M, funded by external grants.

The department actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in all programs and activities. For further information about the CEE Department is available at:

Contact Information

All inquiries may be directed to Search Committee Chair, David Hanigan at [email protected]


Full-Time Equivalent

Application Review

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Committee will begin application review on April 15, 2023.

This posting is open until filled

This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver’s license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevadas land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a persons age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

How to apply

To apply, visit [email protected].

Please attach all of the following documents to your application:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Statement of Research Interests

4) Teaching Philosophy

5) Contact Information for Three Professional References

6) 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

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