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Professor (all ranks) in Environmental Engineering

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University, Tempe
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 22, 2023

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Environmental Engineering
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The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) seek applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in the field of environmental engineering. The School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of the eight Fulton Schools, houses a vibrant top 20 nationally ranked environmental engineering research community (learn more at, comprising a group of faculty members who are leaders in water treatment, biotechnology, water resources, and sustainable engineering across ASU and beyond.

Candidates will be required a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, or a closely related field, with research and scholarly focus on engineering of membrane-based water treatment, desalination, zero liquid discharge, resource recovery, circular economy, data-driven and machine learning approaches to promote water sustainability, or other emerging fields of environmental engineering. Candidates whose work involves emerging technologies and water-related start-up creation, atmospheric water extraction, phosphorus sustainability, and food-water nexus are also encouraged to apply. Candidates will be expected to support the ABET accredited Environmental Engineering curricula and enhance the capacity of the existing centers led by environmental engineering faculty. These include NSF centers (ERC for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) and STC on Sustainable Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS)), the Arizona New Economy Initiative Extreme Environments Science and Technology Center, and the Global Center for Water Technology which is related to the Arizona Water Innovation Initiative.

As part of its New American University imperatives, ASU seeks candidates whose research aligns with addressing critical water challenges, environmental impacts, global health, and global futures. We seek applicants who will contribute to our academic programs, promote transdisciplinary teaching and research, and help the university to achieve its aspirations, including enabling student success, transforming society, valuing entrepreneurship and conducting use-inspired research. Faculty members in the Fulton Schools of Engineering are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, adopt effective pedagogical practices in the development and delivery of in-person and online graduate and undergraduate courses, advise both undergraduate and graduate student research projects, and undertake service activities. Professional engineering licensure or the ability to obtain registration in a timely manner is desirable.

Successful candidates will support the mission of 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 is currently the most involved in the interest areas of the search. SSEBE offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Civil, Environmental, Sustainable, and Construction Engineering, and in Construction Management and Technology.  SSEBE has 60 faculty members, 1,450 undergraduate and 800 graduate students, and generates annual research expenditures of nearly $30 million.

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; support Science and Technology Centers to foster the growth of new economy industries; and 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 2024, but accommodations can be made for the selected candidate.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in environmental engineering or a closely related field Research and scholarly focus on water and environmental engineering
  • 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

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 November 5, 2023; 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)
  • 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 Fulton Schools of Engineering are dedicated to cultivating excellence, delivering innovation that matters, encouraging bold thinking, fostering a community of learning and collaboration and building a foundation for all to be successful. Applicants are encouraged to address how their past, current and future activities align with the ASU Charter and Fulton Schools of Engineering values in their application materials.

For more information or questions about this position, please contact the search committee co-chairs Prof. Paul Westerhoff at or Prof. Treavor Boyer 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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