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Professor (all ranks) in Biogeotechnical Engineering

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Enviroment at Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Depending on experience.
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Oct 21, 2022

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Arizona State University: Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Professor (all ranks) in Biogeotechnical Engineering

Location: Arizona State University – Tempe Campus


The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks applicants for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) in the emerging field of Biogeotechnical Engineering.


Candidates for the position in Biogeotechnical Engineering will have a PhD in civil, geotechnical or geoenvironmental engineering, engineering geology, environmental microbiology, biogeochemistry or a related discipline. The successful candidate for this position will work within and is expected to contribute to the growth and success of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG), a National Science Foundation-sponsored Gen-3 Engineering Research Center ( Duties of the successful candidate will include delivering in-class and online instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducting research in biogeotechnical engineering, participating in CBBG professional development, outreach, K-14 education, diversity and inclusion, and assessment activities, and working with the CBBG Student Leadership Council and other associated student organizations, and engaging with industry to advance translation of research into practice.


CBBG is an interdisciplinary center with research and teaching interests spanning a wide range of topics related to the Grand Challenge of infrastructure systems sustainability. CBBG thrust areas include natural hazard mitigation, environmental protection and ecological restoration, infrastructure construction materials and methods, and subsurface exploration.


Faculty members at ASU are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to their areas of expertise, adopt innovative educational practices in both graduate and undergraduate instruction, advise students and undertake service activities as appropriate to their rank. As part of its New American University initiatives, ASU seeks candidates with research interests addressing critical infrastructure grand challenges across multiple spatial and temporal scales.


Successful candidates will support the mission of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and are expected to participate in interdisciplinary research and teaching endeavors both within and beyond the Fulton Schools. Although the tenure home may be in any of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) is currently the most involved in the interest areas of the search. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Civil, Environmental, Sustainable, and Construction Engineering, and in Construction Management and Technology.  SSEBE has 60 faculty members, 1450 undergraduate and 800 graduate students, and generates annual research expenditures of $24 million per year.



This search is part of ASU’s engagement with the Arizona’s New Economy Initiative (NEI), a bold effort to ensure that Arizona leads the new economy that will rely on engineering, computing, and technology to drive sustainable growth, resilience, and opportunities for all. NEI investments in the Fulton Schools of Engineering will grow our world class faculty to accelerate research outcomes and to broaden student access to our programs; will establish Science and Technology Centers to foster the growth of new economy Industries; and will expand experiential learning and workforce training opportunities.


Appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments. The anticipated start date is August 2023, but accommodations can be made for the selected candidate.


Required qualifications

  • PhD in civil, geotechnical or geoenvironmental engineering, or a discipline related to Biogeotechnics, such as engineering geology, environmental microbiology, and biogeochemistry.
  • Demonstrated evidence of research capability and commitment to teaching excellence as appropriate to the candidate’s rank.
  • Demonstrated evidence of ability to procure sponsored research and generate scholarly articles in the interest areas of the search, as appropriate to the candidate’s rank.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.


Desired qualifications

  • Professional engineering licensure or the ability to obtain registration in a timely manner.
  • Experience and interest in research on bio-inspired design (candidates with a strong record of accomplishments in bio-mediated design will also be considered).

For associate and full professor candidates:

  • Demonstrated record of securing external funding for research programs.
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching that incorporates active learning.


Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022; if not filled, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. To apply, visit and select “apply now” next to the corresponding position. Candidates will be asked to create or use an existing Interfolio Dossier to submit the following:


  • Cover letter
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research vision and plans (2 pages maximum)
  • Statement of teaching interests, philosophy, and approach (2 pages maximum)
  • Statement describing commitment and approach to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (2 pages maximum) *
  • Contact information for 3-5 professional references


*The ASU Charter states, “ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.”  The diversity statement provides applicants an opportunity to demonstrate their past and current activities in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and how future activities will align with upholding the ASU Charter.


For more information or questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Professor Edward Kavazanjian at


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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The School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE) in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University is home to two academic programs: Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering and Del E. Webb School of Construction. SEBE brings together new approaches and technologies for transportation, materials, buildings and water treatment in civil and environmental disciplines with the techniques and leadership approaches developed in construction management disciplines.
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