Environmental Microbiology


Assistant or Associate Professor


Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering; Department of Microbiology

Focus Area

Sustainable and Resilient Economy


The College of Engineering at The Ohio State University seeks applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Environmental Microbiology within the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering with a possible partial appointment in the Department of Microbiology to investigate the microbiology of engineered systems. This position is among many substantial investments in faculty positions and research related to sustainability and resilience by the university to establish Ohio State as a global leader in these areas.

This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative interdisciplinary community of scholars in the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program including faculty from Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Health and Policy. The SRE program seeks to advance sustainability science by developing a more holistic understanding of sustainable and resilient production and consumption systems, human-environment interactions, and innovations in sustainable technologies and governance. Successful applicants will be expected to participate in or lead collaborative teams and interdisciplinary research on sustainability and resilience topics. Additionally, this investment builds upon existing cross-campus strengths in environmental microbiology including a culture of academic collaboration to foster cross-disciplinary research.

All areas of environmental microbiology are invited to apply. Areas of particular interest include: –omics-enabled environmental microbiology and applications to water, wastewater and urban systems. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally-recognized, externally funded research program; publish in high quality journals; participate in collaborative teams and interdisciplinary research; contribute effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervise and mentor graduate students; and provide professional and university service. This is a full-time (9-month) tenure-track position, beginning in August 2018.

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) prepares professionals to address the most demanding problem that faces human kind: the requirement to balance environmental health with growing societal needs for natural resources, sustainable infrastructure and services. This requires the skillful conception, planning, design, construction and operation of facilities that enfold modern life, ranging from smart urban services to intelligent infrastructure to earth observing systems.

The demand for civil, environmental and geodetic engineers is increasing significantly, due in part by efforts to rebuild, improve and make our country's infrastructure resilient and sustainable. These include highways, bridges, tunnels, dams, harbors, airports, waterways, railways, power plants, air/water treatment plants, drainage systems and waste disposal facilities.

View our website here: https://ceg.osu.edu/


Required Qualifications

An earned doctoral degree in environmental engineering, environmental microbiology, or closely related field is required prior to the anticipated August 2018 start date; an established record of research commensurate with prior training and specialization related to environmental engineering and/or environmental microbiology with research specialization in areas pertaining to –omics-enabled environmental microbiology and applications to water, wastewater and urban systems; evidence of potential for developing a nationally-recognized research program; potential to contribute to ABET-accredited undergraduate degree programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering; and an ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students in large and small audiences.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

At least one engineering degree at either the baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate level; post-doctoral or industrial experience; demonstrated experience collaborating on multi-disciplinary initiatives; professional engineering license or potential to obtain license; a demonstrated ability to teach at the undergraduate level, and experience working with diverse populations.

Application Instructions

Please submit your application in a single book-marked PDF file via Academic Jobs Online that contains, in this order: (i) a cover letter; (ii) a statement of future research directions, including contributions to the previously listed specializations and potential for collaborations; (iii) a statement of relationship between proposed research and Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme, including potential future collaborations; (iv) a statement of current interests or activities, and/or future goals that promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion; (v) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; (vi) CV; (vii) a list of three references, including names, affiliations and full contact information with email, and (viii) up to three research papers, published, under review, or in preparation for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Submit any direct questions regarding this position to weavers.1@osu.edu.

Review of applications will begin on November 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


The Ohio State University

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The College of Engineering

Ohio State's College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture strive to foster a learning culture that prepares students to be key contributors to society through their technological, professional and personal skills. Our faculty and our students thrive in an environment of new ideas and concepts that expand the understanding of science, engineering and architecture.

In addition to being an innovative leader in engineering and architecture education, we endeavor to fulfill our university's land-grant mission of advancing Ohio's economic mobility, competitiveness and standard of living through our contributions toward technology and creativity, continuous improvement, a diverse workforce and lifelong learning. The college also is firmly committed to and a catalyst for the University's Discovery Themes - Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security and Health and Wellness.

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