Assistant Professor of (1) Ecological Engineering and (2) Hydrologic Sciences, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech, Virginia, United States
Apply before: 4 January 2024

Position (1):

The Biological Systems Engineering Department (BSE) at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Ecological Engineering, specializing in Environmental Biophysics, at the Assistant Professor rank (9 months, teaching and research).

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Biological, Environmental, or Civil Engineering, Soil Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, or closely related field by appointment start date.

The successful candidate will be expected to initiate, build, and sustain an externally-funded, internationally-recognized research program that leverages existing faculty expertise in the focus area of Ecological Engineering. The successful candidate will advance a number of related fields through empirical studies and biophysical modeling and will work across multiple scales, ranging from individual soil or plant pores, to plant-animal-water interactions at landscape scales, to regional analyses of biophysics and biogeochemistry. Potential research program areas include:

  • Agricultural system modeling (crop and animal) related to food security and agricultural resiliency,
  • Interactions and dynamics in plant-animal-soil systems,
  • Remote sensing and large-scale climate modeling with application to the critical zone (the layer extending from the top of vegetation downward to groundwater, where water, atmosphere, soil, and organisms interact),
  • Micrometeorology, biometeorology, ecological climatology, and biophysical ecology applied to the critical zone,
  • Quantifying the impacts of land use and climate change on the surface energy balance, the carbon cycle, and hydrological/nutrient fluxes.

Full posting:

Position (2):
The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor in Hydrologic Sciences. This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in research (45%) and teaching (45%) with a 10% administrative appointment in the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

Full posting:

Jonathan A. Czuba, Ph.D., P.E. (he/him/they/them)
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Systems Engineering &
The Global Change Center
Virginia Tech

Of interest for:
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group