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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) and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) seeks applicants for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program in the emerging field of Biogeotechnical Engineering. 

Candidates for the positon in Biogeotechnical Engineering will have a Ph.D in 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 on-line instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level, conducting research in biogeotechnical engineering through the CBBG, participation in CBBG professional development, outreach, K-14 education, and assessment activities, and working with the CBBG Student Leadership Council and other associated student organizations.

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 geologic hazard mitigation, environmental protection and ecological restoration, and infrastructure construction materials and methods.

Faculty members at ASU are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to biogeotechnical engineering, adopt innovative educational practices in both graduate and undergraduate instruction, advise students and undertake service activities as appropriate to their rank. 

Successful candidates will also support the mission of the Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering program and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and are expected to participate in interdisciplinary research and teaching endeavors both within the Fulton Schools and across campus. SSEBE has 51 faculty members, approximately 1160 undergraduate and 420 graduate students, and generates annual research expenditures in excess of $12.6 million per year.

Appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments.  The projected start date is August 2018, but accommodations can be made for the best candidates.

Although 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.

Required qualifications:

  • D in geotechnical or geoenvironmental engineering, or a discipline related to biogeotechnics.
  • Demonstrated evidence of research capability and commitment to teaching excellence as appropriate to the candidate’s rank.
  • Demonstrated ability to procure sponsored research appropriate to the candidate’s rank.

Desired qualifications:

  • 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.
  • It is anticipated that the successful candidate will broaden the scope of ASU’s research in bio-mediated and bio-inspired design for geotechnical aspects of civil infrastructure under the auspices of the CBBG.


Review of applications will begin December 15, 2017; if not filled, additional applications will be reviewed on the 1st and 15th of the month thereafter until the search is closed. Apply at Candidates will be asked to submit the following through their Interfolio Dossier.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement describing research interests
  • Statement describing teaching interests
  • Statement describing professional goals
  • Contact information for 3-5 references

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

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. See ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) at and the Title IX statement at