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Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering (Tenure Track, F0291A1)

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Nov 22, 2023

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Structural Engineering
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Faculty / Professor
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The Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, Virginia is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in structural engineering, focused in:

  • sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems;
  • community resiliency to climate change and hazardous environments, particularly in coastal areas subjected to sea level rise and risk of flooding;
  • smart materials and infrastructure systems;
  • uncertainty and reliability analysis;
  • performance-based design;
  • structural health monitoring;
  • applications of advanced computational methods and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and revolutionary concepts like digital twin technologies in modeling, simulation, and design of infrastructure components; and complex interactions between urban systems and human behavior.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty on interdisciplinary research areas within the department and across campus, including the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (ICAR).

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must possess:

  1. an earned Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or in a related engineering discipline,
  2. a strong background in one or more of the research areas outlined above,
  3. a record of scholarly publications,
  4. the ability to make an immediate impact within the Structures program,
  5. a clear plan to acquire and sustain a stream of externally funded research projects,
  6. the ability to develop and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in civil engineering, and
  7. a demonstrated passion for student success, recruitment, and retention, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

Comprehensive knowledge in engineering mechanics of steels structures and materials is preferred.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit materials at and attach the following with their online application:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. unofficial graduate transcripts;
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy;
  5. a statement of research interests; and
  6. contact information for 3 references.

Candidates from all minority groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. All materials will be held in confidence.

About CEE:

The CEE Department is one of five departments in the Batten College of Engineering & Technology (BCET) and offers an ABET-accredited BS Civil Engineering degree as well as MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Department has 14 full time faculty members whose research areas include transportation engineering, coastal engineering, biomass conversion and environmental engineering, water resources engineering, structural engineering, and geotechnical engineering. Additional opportunities for the candidate would be developing interdisciplinary research collaborations with faculty in the BCET and other colleges across the campus.

About ODU:

Old Dominion University (ODU), located in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, is an R1 public research institution that is entrepreneurial-minded and serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world, through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Norfolk is uniquely located at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay, James River and Atlantic Ocean and is home to the deepest water port on the east coast of the U.S. Port facilities in the region are a major economic driver for the Commonwealth of Virginia and protection of these assets as well as regional infrastructure is a major interest. Norfolk is also home to the world’s largest naval facility and a US Army Corps of Engineers district office.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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