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Assistant or Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines
Rapid City, South Dakota (US)
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Dec 12, 2023

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October 5, 2023


 Assistant or Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (Water Resources Engineering) Civil and Environmental Engineering


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at South Dakota Mines is seeking to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level related to Water Resources Engineering. An earned doctorate in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related discipline, is required. The position has a dual focus of teaching and research, and the candidate will be expected to be a teacher-scholar. We seek candidates who will establish a strong externally funded research program that supports the CEE PhD program and excel in teaching courses related to water resources engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as other fundamental civil engineering courses.  The desired start date for the position is August 2024.


Research at South Dakota Mines involves faculty and students at every academic level, and often involves collaboration across the state, the nation, and the globe.  South Dakota Mines provides access to cutting edge infrastructure which supports convergent research across disciplines.  Areas of research include, but are not limited to, sustainable solutions, climate resilience, watershed modeling and monitoring, stormwater management, groundwater and vadose zone modeling. We are seeking a faculty member who can complement and contribute to university and departmental strengths with the potential to collaborate on and eventually lead transdisciplinary research initiatives.  The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with organizations working on regional and national water resource management areas including the USGS Dakota Water Science Center, USACE, and USBoR.  


South Dakota Mines is a best-in-class STEM university that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees located in Rapid City, the state’s second largest city with a MSA population of over 158,000. With 226 days of sunshine, 1.2 million acres of breathtaking scenery of the Black Hills National Forest, 700 miles of motorized trails and nearly 500 miles of hiking trails, there is a lot to see and do. People from around the world come here each year to see top attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Terry Peak Ski Area, and Reptile Gardens. There’s something for everybody!


At Mines, our vision is to develop world-class leaders in science and engineering to benefit society through education, innovation, and engagement. Nearly 2,500 students from every state and over 40 countries are represented on our campus. Mines is an affordable option with a great return on investment. 


Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and nationally competitive engineering teams. These experiences make graduates highly sought after by industry and attributes to high starting salaries and 98% placement rate in the field of study.


Research at Mines encompasses four main areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering. Entrepreneurship is highly valued and programming assists students and faculty to engage in entrepreneurial activities and transition scientific and technological innovations into viable products and business startups.


South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.  Those wishing further information about the search process may contact search committee chair Dr. Mengistu Geza Nisrani at


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