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Earth and Environmental Engineering: Open Rank Faculty Position

Columbia University
New York City, New York (US)
Closing date
Nov 18, 2022

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Faculty / Professor
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Position Description

Columbia Engineering is pleased to invite applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York. Applications at all ranks, including assistant professor, associate professor or full professor, will be considered. 

Candidates are sought in areas with a focus on Sustainable Minerals, Metals and Materials (S3M) – a departmental program based on fundamental engineering and applied science in support of a Mines-of-the-Future approach to separate, extract and recover energy-relevant critical materials and rare earth elements from primary mineral resources and waste streams (e.g., urban mining). This program envisions such topics as novel and transformative extraction and separation technologies; green chemistry and decarbonization approaches in mining and mining-related technologies; and innovative ideas to move towards a circular economy.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the advancement of their field and the department by developing an original and leading externally funded research program, and to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate educational mission of the Department. Columbia fosters multidisciplinary research and encourages collaborations with academic departments and units across Columbia University. The Department actively participates in the school-wide Engineering for Humanity initiatives that relate to climate change mitigation, sustainable energy and water, and systems engineering and integration.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. or its professional equivalent by the start date of the appointment. The Department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Applicants for this position at the Assistant Professor and Associate Professor without tenure levels must have the potential to do pioneering research and to teach effectively. Applicants for this position at the tenured level (Associate or Full Professor) must have a demonstrated record of outstanding research accomplishments, excellent teaching credentials, and established leadership in the field.

Application Instructions

For additional information and to apply, please see: Applications should be submitted electronically to and include the following: curriculum-vitae including a publication list, a research statement including a description of research accomplishments, a statement of teaching interests and plans, a DE&I (diversity, equity and inclusion) statement, contact information for three experts who can provide letters of recommendation, and up to three pre/reprints of scholarly work. All applications received by November 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. Inquiries should be directed to

Applicants can consult for more information about the department. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran.


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