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Assistant Professor – Wildfire Impacts on Natural and Built Environments

UNM Gerald May Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This position offers a competitive salary and provides a comprehensive package of benefits
Closing date
Dec 10, 2023

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Environmental Engineering
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Faculty / Professor
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The Gerald May Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering (CCEE), in the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor faculty position in Wildfire Impacts on Natural and Built Environments to join our growing department, starting in Fall 2024.

The CCEE Department has a vision to accelerate its continuing excellence in research and education over the next 10 years that includes the hiring of future leaders in civil, construction, and environmental engineering. The successful candidate will contribute to the research and teaching mission of the Department, which currently has 17 faculty members, several research professors, 250 undergraduate students, and 90 graduate students. The Department is experiencing strong growth in research expenditures (approximately $10 million in 2022). The Department is housed in the Centennial Engineering Center, which contains state-of-the-art civil engineering laboratories. Located in the heart of the arid Southwest, UNM has an outstanding portfolio of expertise across campus that seeks to address the critical needs of communities struggling with climate-related issues including wildfires. Important contributors to these efforts include research centers within the Department: the Center for Water and the Environment (an NSF CREST Center), the UNM Resilience Institute, and the Southwest Environmental Finance Center. The University also collaborates closely with nearby national research laboratories including Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Air Force Research Lab.

Candidates with research interests in wildfire impacts on natural and built environments are invited to apply. Areas of interest include but are not limited to wildfire impacts on flooding, water resources, and debris flow hydrology; natural and engineered mitigation and recovery strategies; impacts on transportation, housing, utility systems, and community services; resilience in wildfire-impacted systems; or other topics related to wildfires in natural and built environments.

To qualify, candidates must have a Ph.D. in civil engineering or a closely related field by the appointment date. Applicants will be evaluated on these preferred qualifications: (1) their ability to develop an externally funded research program in the focus area described above that complements existing Department strengths and leads to collaboration inside and outside the Department; (2) commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and ability to teach core and advanced water resources engineering, hydrology or construction engineering and management; (3) demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, student success, and working broadly with diverse communities; and (4) registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) or commitment to pursue PE registration.

The University of New Mexico, located in the heart of diverse and culturally rich Albuquerque, is the flagship university in New Mexico. UNM is a Carnegie R1 very high Research Activity Institution and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, with approximately 27,000 students on the main and branch campuses with nearly 2,904 students in the School of Engineering. All of our undergraduate programs are ABET accredited. UNM enjoys a decades-long partnership with nearby national laboratories, which offer robust research collaborations for faculty and students in a variety of research areas. And life in Albuquerque offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure. UNM is an hour away from Santa Fe and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges, which offer great opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing.

For best consideration, complete applications must be received by December 1, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. A complete application consists of (1) a cover letter that explicitly identifies the candidate’s area of expertise in the focus area described above (two-page maximum), (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a description of the candidate’s research interests and vision (two-page maximum), (4) a description of the candidate’s teaching philosophy and interests (two-page maximum), (5) a statement demonstrating the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success (one-page maximum), and (6) the names and contact information (address, email address and phone number) of three professional references. For inquiries, contact the search committee chair, Professor John Stormont at or (505) 277-2722.

To apply, visit and reference requisition req27516.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and make decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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