Sustainability in Arid Land, Assistant/Associate Professor

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions.
Jan 12, 2022
Feb 11, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Faculty / Professor
Organization Type

Sustainability in Arid Land, Assistant/Associate Professor

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites applications for Sustainability in Arid Land, Assistant/Associate Professor, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering [R0127932]


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada.

Here at UNLV, we have come together and created one of the most affirmative and dynamic academic environments in the country. UNLV sits in the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of the nation’s most diverse universities for undergraduates. The university has ranked in the top ten since the rankings debuted more than a decade ago. We continue to show our commitment to serving our wonderfully diverse population and building the future for Las Vegas and Nevada.

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The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.


The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at UNLV delivers high quality business education programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees levels across five departments including Civil and Environmental Engineering & Construction, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Entertainment Engineering and Design. Through rigorous research and community partnerships the college faculty and students seek to find solutions to a variety of challenging problems facing the region, the country, and the world ranging from innovative water treatment to smart materials.

With over 3,200 students, 80 faculty, and 60 professionals and staff, the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at UNLV has been a driving force behind the economic diversification in Nevada. We are committed to: creating hands-on experiential learning at all student levels; fostering an environment of innovation and high-impact research; engaging the community and collaborating internally and externally; and inspiring each other to continue learning and overcoming challenges.

The college offers multiple personalized attention and student support mechanisms. Our faculty are nationally-recognized as reflected in having nine ranked graduate programs. The college's interdisciplinary research environment, rapid metropolitan economic and population growth, designation as the unmanned aerial systems test site, and the entertainment and tourism industries provide unique opportunities for the potential faculty candidate.


The Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at UNLV invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant or tenure-track/tenured Associate Professor as a part of an interdisciplinary cluster with the theme of Sustainability in Arid Lands. The intended start date for this position is Fall 2022. We seek applicants with a multidisciplinary background and strong research experience that will complement existing strengths in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction and/or the Department Mechanical Engineering. This position is part of a campus-wide cluster initiative to foster excellence in areas of strategic importance to Southern Nevada.

We are particularly interested in applicants with a multidisciplinary background and an exceptional research program that is founded on a combination of technologies/techniques. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to: energy storage and dispatchability for renewable power generation; high-efficiency power generation with sustainable materials; alternative water sourcing, reuse, and treatment; technologies for reduction of energy consumption, greenhouse gases and water footprint in construction, transportation, and built environment; urban planning, design, construction for low carbon and water footprints; water-energy-food nexus; and infrastructure resilience.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous and sustainable funded research program, supervise graduate students, contribute to both graduate and undergraduate education in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Construction Management in addition to participating in service to the Department, College, University, and profession.

Duties of this position include working strategically with diverse colleagues, students, and community members in addition to other hires in this cluster. The candidate should be able to facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Depending on the teaching and research interest of the successful candidate, joint appointment may be possible. Tenure will be considered for experienced candidates with an extremely strong record of scholarship and competitive intramural funding.


This position requires an earned Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline at the time of appointment from a regionally accredited college or university and a multidisciplinary background with significant research experience related to the above-mentioned topics. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.

Applicants seeking appointments at an Associate Professor level with tenure must demonstrate a significant record of transformative funded research and publications in support of the rank and must be able to meet UNLV tenure requirements.


Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is contingent upon funding. 


Application materials must include a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae listing qualifications and experience, 3) proposed research plan (two-page limit), 4) statement of teaching philosophy and interests (two-page limit), 5) statement describing how you can contribute to a just and inclusive workplace environment (one-page limit), and 6) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted.  

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience in the cover letter, with specific reference to each of the required and preferred qualifications because initial review of materials will be based on this information.

Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on January 15, 2022. Best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Mohamed B. Trabia, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or


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Per the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Emergency COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy, all NSHE employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious waiver request.  All candidates for employment must have this information on file with Human Resources prior to their start date. Information about how the policy applies to new hires is now available on the COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Mandate webpage


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UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of age (40 or older), 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, color or religion pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13 of the NSHE Handbook. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at, by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.