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Faculty Position in Geotechnical Engineering
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Date Posted Mar. 14, 2019
Title Faculty Position in Geotechnical Engineering
University Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Santiago, Metropolitana, Chile
Department Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Civil Engineering

The School of Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, one of the leading engineering academic institutions in Latin America and ranked among the top four emerging leaders for engineering education worldwide, invites outstanding candidates for a full-time faculty position in the area of Geotechnical Engineering at the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering.

High quality teaching (at undergraduate and graduate levels) and conducting independent research. Additional duties include knowledge transfer, outreach, and university administrative tasks. The new position should conduct research in Geotechnical Engineering, with an emphasis on experimental soil mechanics. In particular, we value applicants with experience or potential skills in:

- Applying his/her experience in experimental research on advanced research topics in fields such as micro-mechanics and multi-scale experimentation, hydro-mechanical degradation of geomaterials, partially saturated soil mechanics, coupling of thermo-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) phenomena, biological treatment of soils and dynamic and cyclic behavior; with applications to environmental, energy, mining and/or seismic problems, among others.
- Teaching courses in the areas of Geotechnical Engineering, Geosciences, Mining Engineering and Structural Engineering.
- Strengthening the Department’s ability to study the experimental behavior of soils from a holistic point of view, from traditional geotechnical tests to cutting-edge methods on singular soils and their link to and impact on practical problems.
- Generating and participating in interdisciplinary projects.
- Strengthening and creating national and international academic networks.
- Leading scientific and industry-liaison initiatives.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with emphasis on Geotechnical Engineering at the time of hiring. Due to the nature of our School of Engineering, it is important that the applicant is willing to work collaboratively with faculty in areas such as Structural Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Geosciences. Previous postdoctoral or international academic experience should be stated in the application.

Candidates do not need to be fluent in Spanish at the time of application, but should be prepared to learn the language well enough to teach in this language in the short term (two years maximum). English is a requirement.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to all aspects of academic life and public good of the institution. They must be highly motivated to continuously improve their teaching skills, have a genuine interest in getting involved with our graduate programs (specially the doctoral program) and be able to develop and maintain an active research agenda leading to high quality publications, securing research grants, generating and participating in interdisciplinary projects, leading scientific and industry-liaison initiatives, strengthening and creating national and international academic networks, etc. The candidate will also be expected to create new undergraduate and graduate courses and teach traditional courses in related areas.

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  • The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is committed to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or marital status in its activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.

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