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Assistant Professor of Circular Economy Engineering, Materials, and Built Infrastructure

University of Maine
Orono, Maine
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Sep 16, 2022

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advanced Structures and Composites Center 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CIE), in collaboration with the Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC), at the University of Maine (UMaine) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Circular Economy Engineering, Materials, and Built Infrastructure. This position is a joint appointment split 75% in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and 25% in the prestigious ASCC ( to support the Green Engineering and Materials research initiative. This position is 50% teaching/50% research.

Expertise is sought in the development and application of circular economy engineering to problems of sustainable infrastructure and environment. These include closed-loop and whole-system analyses of the use and flow of materials and resources to inform built infrastructure planning and decision making. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and related methods applied to novel construction materials and/or selection and use of materials seeking to enhance durability and reuse, yet minimizing the environmental footprint. The successful candidate will support and enhance current initiatives in Green Engineering and Materials (GEM), as well as the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center (TIDC;, the Region 1 U.S.D.O.T. University Transportation Center led by UMaine. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain licensure as a professional engineer (PE) prior to promotion to associate professor.

Candidates will be expected to engage in the instruction of civil engineering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels while enhancing the Department’s existing curriculum; establish and maintain a nationally-competitive funded research program; author high-quality peer-reviewed publications; mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students; and actively engage in service to the profession, university, and state. Information about the CIE Department can be found at In CIE, the successful candidate will join a dynamic engineering program dedicated to high-quality teaching, scholarship, and service, where faculty support work-life integration. 

This position is one of four Cluster Hires focused on Green Engineering and Materials (GEM) to pursue transformative research and novel solutions by augmenting cross-disciplinary expertise in the following areas and contributing to the state-of-the-art GEM Laboratory: Circular Economy Engineering for Infrastructure Systems, Digital Manufacturing applied to large-scale additive manufacturing, collaborative robotics, cyber security in digital manufacturing, and biopolymers.

With 300 faculty, staff and students housed in a 100,000 sq. ft. laboratory, the ASCC is the largest university-based research Center in Maine. The ASCC is an extremely active cross-disciplinary research center that is developing innovative solutions to problems of infrastructure, renewable energy, and sustainable materials, among many other initiatives. The ASCC is planning construction of the Green Energy and Materials Laboratory (GEM), a 70,000 sq. ft. addition which will house the research Factory of the Future (FoF).  The FoF will be a first-of-its-kind testbed for digital flexible manufacturing. The FoF will include AI-enabled arrays of additive, subtractive, and hybrid synchronous robotic manufacturing systems, with Q/A and Q/C enabled by real-time sensing and High-Performance Computing (HPC). Work inside of the FoF will include research on the manufacture and testing of large new systems made from bio-based and other advanced materials, focusing on a unique integration of highly flexible (e.g. robotic, interchangeable end effectors) digital manufacturing processes with non-contact sensing and real-time, closed-loop feedback from the HPCs.

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea, and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service for Maine, the nation, and the world. More information about UMaine is at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long-term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high-quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.



  • Applicants are required to hold B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering, or a closely related discipline, by the date of hire. Experience with Circular Economy approaches applied to built infrastructure and environmental systems, including LCA.


  • The successful candidate will be expected to obtain licensure as a professional engineer (PE) prior to promotion to associate professor.

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1) a cover letter that describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position

2) a resume/curriculum vitae

3) teaching and research statements

4) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

The search timeline is as follows:

Review of applications to begin: September 12, 2022

Screening interviews to begin no earlier than September 26, 2022

On-site interviews to begin no earlier than October 3, 2022

Tentative start date: January 2, 2023

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair, Dr. Eric Landis, at or 207-581-2173.

Appropriate background checks are required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


Academic Year (Sept-May)

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV




Our undergraduate curriculum provides students with a broad-based civil engineering education, with focus on: Structural Engineering & Mechanics Transportation Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineering The degree culminates with a two-semester capstone design sequence requiring students to work on multi-disciplinary teams and apply their civil engineering knowledge to real-world problems. There is a Senior Capstone Gala where students present their work, get a chance to interact with engineering professionals, and the evening finishes with formal dining. Our research-active faculty typically supports numerous graduate students conducting research in several sub-disciplines of civil engineering. Distinguished Maine Professors william Davids professor award William G. Davids 2015 landis professor of the year Eric N. Landis 2004 Habib Dagher Habib J. Dagher 1995 Dana Humphrey Dana N. Humphrey 1994 Distinguished Civil Engineering Students Amy Franklin, CIE Outstanding Senior (2018) Paige Martin, Hovey Award Senior (2018) Kelby Mace, athlete Dean Smith Award (2018)
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