Assistant/Associate Professor of Coastal Hydraulics

San Luis Obispo, California
Commensurate with experience
Nov 26, 2018
Dec 26, 2018
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TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION IN COASTAL HYDRAULICS AND RESILIENCE - The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CE/ENVE) Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo invites applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Water Resources Engineering with an emphasis in Coastal Hydraulics and Resilience. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate how their interdisciplinary research enhances the resilience of coastal communities and their infrastructure to natural disasters and the threat of climate change. We are especially seeking applicants whose specialty areas include: evaluation of the impacts, risks and resilience of coastal hazards through computational modeling, experiment and/or field research; and/or analysis and development of sustainable and resilient solutions that better protect coastal communities and environments. The successful candidate has an excellent opportunity to succeed given Cal Poly’s proximity to the coastline, potential for synergistic and interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty in the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences, access to Cal Poly’s Research Pier, proximity to Diablo Canyon (a nuclear power plant slated to close in 2025), and local interest in marine renewable energy. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is available starting Fall 2019.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (a) teaching undergraduate classes and laboratories in coastal hydraulics and water resources engineering, as well as developing and teaching new graduate and undergraduate courses in their area of specialization; (b) supervising undergraduate and graduate-level research; (c) developing and maintaining externally-funded research programs; (d) collaborating with other faculty (both in civil/environmental engineering and in other disciplines) on research and professional development interests; (e) engaging in activities related to service in the form of student club advisement, curriculum development and shared governance.

The Department has two separate B.S. degree programs with approximately 750 undergraduate students in the Civil Engineering Program and 200 in the Environmental Engineering Program. Both programs are ABET accredited. The Department’s undergraduate programs are consistently rated as among the best in the U.S. for non-Ph.D. granting institutions, and the department proudly supports extremely active and highly regarded student chapters of the Air and Waste Management Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. The Department also offers an M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with approximately 50 active graduate students.

Candidates for the position are required to have earned undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Coastal Engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited institution or international equivalent by the time of appointment. Experience in Coastal Hydraulics and Resilience, supported by a record of scholarly publications, is preferred. Professional registration and industry/consulting experience are desirable. A commitment to innovation in undergraduate teaching and working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative setting is expected.

For more information and to apply, please visit to complete the required online faculty application and apply to Requisition #105091. In addition, the following documents shall be provided as attachments to the online application: (1) cover letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current résumé/CV; (3) statement of teaching philosophy; (4) statement of research interests; (5) statement on diversity and inclusion; and (6) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. Finalists chosen to interview on-campus will be required to provide three letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Applications should be submitted by 12/20/18 for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled. For questions, please contact the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at

Cal Poly welcomes and encourages diversity. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.