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CEE Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Sustainability, Energy, and Climate

Vanderbilt University Civil & Environmental Engineering Department
Nashville, Tennessee
Closing date
Dec 17, 2023

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Field of specialization
Energy, Engineering, Environmental
Work Function
Teaching-Graduate, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall 2024. The position is at the rank of assistant professor, but outstanding applicants will be considered at associate and full professor levels based on the candidate’s experience and national and international recognition. The area of specialization is at the intersection of sustainability, energy and climate relative to natural environment and built infrastructure. Areas of research span the existing thrust areas in the CEE department: sustainability science and engineering, infrastructure systems engineering, and materials and structural engineering. 

The successful candidate is expected to complement and strengthen on-going research & development of innovative engineering solutions in one or more areas that include water, energy and environment nexus, water quality, water resources and hydrology, climate mitigation and adaptation, mobility and transportation, infrastructure resilience, and materials and structural solutions for sustainable infrastructure and decarbonization. The successful candidates will be expected to adopt Vanderbilt’s “radical collaboration” philosophy and leverage resources and expertise that exist within the School of Engineering, as well as the University as a whole. The school of engineering and the CEE department have strong partnerships with the city of Nashville and Tennessee related to sustainability, climate, mobility and smart cities. Leveraging such partnerships, Vanderbilt is set to play a significant role in shaping the future of infrastructure locally, nationally and internationally.  

The successful candidate will be expected to (i) establish a nationally recognized research program with extramural funds, (ii) teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and (iii) contribute to synergistic efforts within the department, school, and university. A PhD in environmental engineering, civil engineering, or a closely related discipline must be in hand at the time of the appointment. Applications should include a (i) cover letter (ii) complete curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of research, (iv) statement of teaching, (v) statement of diversity and inclusion, and (vi) a minimum of three references. Application materials are to be submitted online at Applications will be reviewed as they are received; those received by January 15, 2024, will be given full consideration.

Ranked #18 nationally, Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally recognized research university located on 330 park-like acres 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Its 10 distinct schools share a single cohesive campus that values collaboration. The University enrolls over 13,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including 36% minority students and over 1,100 international students from 84 countries.

With a metro population of over two million people, Nashville’s top industries by employment include trade, transportation, and utilities; education and health services; professional and business services; government; and leisure and hospitality. Other industries include manufacturing, financial activities, construction, and information. Long known as a hub for health care and music, Nashville is a technology center with a considerable pool of health care, AI, and defense-related jobs available. In recent years, the city has experienced an influx of major office openings by some of the largest global tech companies and prime Silicon Valley startups.

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University may require all employees to (1) participate in any required on-campus COVID-19 testing protocol as may then be in effect or (2) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Refer to this COVID-19 Health and Safety link for additional information,

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