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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Environmental Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University 2024 Environmental Engineering (EnvE) Faculty Search for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEE) invite applications for a new faculty position in environmental engineering. This tenure-track position will be filled at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level on a 36-week academic year appointment. This position is expected to commence by the Fall of 2024; however, the start date is negotiable.

To complement existing strengths in environmental engineering, the department is actively seeking an exceptional faculty member who has a global perspective for integrating engineering and science to address critical environmental challenges in climate and water quality. The potential beneficial impact of the candidate’s research area to society is more important than the specific topic itself. For example, areas of interest include, but are not limited to, advancing water treatment technologies to promote circularity and reuse, protecting human and ecosystem health from emerging anthropogenic contaminants, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from natural and engineered systems to improve air quality and reverse global warming. The successful candidate will assume a key role in interdisciplinary research collaborations and is co-funded through Penn State’s Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEE). The successful candidate should be a collaborative leader who will promote and enhance excellence and innovation in interdisciplinary research and demonstrate a commitment to inclusive teaching and to promoting a diverse and inclusive engineering community.


Candidates must have a PhD in Environmental Engineering or a closely related discipline by the appointment start date. The Assistant Professor must have demonstrated ability as a teacher or researcher, and must have shown definite evidence of growth in scholarly or professional achievement. The Associate Professor should possess the same qualifications as the Assistant Professor, but must also provide evidence of an established reputation in scholarly or professional achievement. Candidates must be able to teach core environmental engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will advise both M.S. and Ph.D. students and develop a high-quality, externally funded, and impactful research program. It is expected that the faculty member will implement ethics, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of their work, while fostering a sense of community in their research group and with their colleagues.

Application Information:

To apply, please submit a single PDF file (5MB max) that includes: 1) a cover letter addressed to Professor Rachel Brennan, Search Committee Chair; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of research interests and plans; 4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, including existing courses that you would like to teach and new courses or programs that you would like to develop; 5) an impact statement that emphasizes how your work supports critical solutions for the benefit of society and the environment through any/all aspects of your appointment; 6) a statement explaining how you will contribute to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Penn State; 7) links to three publications (preprints with a DOI and under review are also acceptable); and 8) the names, email addresses, and physical addresses of four references. Our department is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion efforts at Penn State, and we encourage individuals who identify as members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM to apply. For full consideration, applications should be received by March 15, 2024. Review of received applications will continue until the position is filled. Apply to REQ_0000052038 at Inquiries about the position may be directed to Rachel Brennan (

About the Department:

The vision of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Penn State is to achieve the highest quality of life for all through sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure systems. Our mission is to address complex and evolving societal needs in both the natural and built environment by delivering an outstanding education, conducting impactful research, and providing inspirational service to society and our profession. The CEE Department is a vibrant and dynamic unit with 37 faculty members, 17 staff members, more than 400 undergraduate students, and more than 130 graduate students. Our programs are highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report: the undergraduate specialties in civil engineering and environmental engineering are ranked 13th and 15th, respectively, while the graduate programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering are ranked 19th and 21st, respectively. CEE is home to outstanding faculty members, including 12 NSF CAREER Award recipients and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In Fall 2024, the CEE department will be moving to the new, LEED certified, Engineering Collaborative Research and Education (ECoRE) building, featuring 9 active-learning classrooms and 51,000 square feet in support of research with state-of-the-art laboratories ( Please see for additional information about the department.

About the College:

The College of Engineering at Penn State prepares current and future generations for impactful careers as practicing engineers, managers, researchers, educators, and community leaders through highly ranked residential and online programming. We provide innovative educational experiences and supportive programs designed to foster a more welcoming community. In collaboration with industry, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and other academic institutions and partners, our faculty lead research initiatives across all areas of engineering that create jobs, fuel economic growth, inform policy, solve global problems, and positively impact humanity. Our College of Engineering Equity Action Plan—a strategic, sustainable iterative process to audit, evaluate, consult evidence, design (or redesign), and implement interventions to foster equity in engineering—guides our commitment to developing and promoting a more diverse, inclusive community of belonging for all.

About the University:

Excellent opportunities exist for the successful candidate to interact with faculty on multidisciplinary projects through various institutes and centers across the university that include the IEE, Penn State Sustainability, Earth, and Environmental Systems Institute, Center for Climate Risk Management, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, Materials Research Institute, Larson Transportation Institute, and the Civil Infrastructure Testing and Evaluation Laboratory. There are several cross-university initiatives that the candidate can leverage, including a new Climate Consortium and Water Initiative. Additionally, there are core scientific facilities to leverage through IEE, including the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories and other associated lab facilities ( Penn State is one of the nation’s leading research universities with expenditures exceeding $1 billion annually. The University is also one of the nation’s leaders in industry-sponsored research, with partnerships involving over 400 companies on an annual basis.

About the City:

This position is located in State College, Pennsylvania, which has been repeatedly voted as one of the most desirable and safest places to live in the United States. State College fosters a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable community. The region hosts outstanding public schools, reasonable housing costs, a calendar of social and cultural events, and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. State College is served by a regional airport and is within driving distance to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Baltimore, and New York City. The community recently earned a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index, which measures how cities support their LGBTQ+ population through laws, policies, and services. Please see for more information.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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