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Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rice University

Date Posted Sep. 19, 2023
Title Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University Rice University
Houston, TX, United States
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Structural Engineering
    Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, located in Houston, TX, seeks applications for one tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Infrastructure Systems of the Future with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024. Outstanding candidates at higher ranks may also be considered.   

We seek candidates with deep foundational expertise in civil engineering and infrastructure systems to envision and enable resilient, adaptable, smart, just, and equitable infrastructure of the future. Candidates are expected to bring strong theoretical, analytical, or modeling expertise to bear on pressing challenges of legacy, contemporary, emerging and future civil infrastructure systems. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) complex systems modeling and the design of future intelligent infrastructure systems (e.g., power, water, gas, telecommunications) that are adaptable, controllable, and reconfigurable; (2) transportation systems, including sustainable mobility and the interdependence of energy and transportation; (3) coupled analysis of social and infrastructure systems, particularly in the pursuit of just and equitable infrastructure services as informed by human behavior; (4) design and management of climate adaptive, fire-resilient, nature-inspired, and risk-aware civil infrastructure systems, and (5) information processing systems, including applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning to infrastructure upkeep, adaptation, and re-invention.  

The selected candidate will be expected to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses within their area of expertise; perform high-quality, high-impact research in their specialized field, and present findings from research in peer-reviewed publications, conferences, and to community stakeholders; establish a strong research program supported by extramural funding; be involved in service to the university and the broader scientific community; and collaborate with faculty in diverse disciplines. The successful candidate will be required to have a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.   

We seek greater representation of women, scholars of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who have historically been underrepresented in Civil and Environmental Engineering. With increased representation we seek to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and to attain an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community. 

About Rice University 

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and also one of the most diverse cities in the country with rich cultural activities and robust economic opportunities. Rice has a vibrant research enterprise, world-class research centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary initiatives. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students.  Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. The George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs, and both the Civil and the Environmental Engineering programs rank among the top 20 graduate programs in the nation (US News & World Report).  


All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field conferred by July 1, 2024. All applicants should demonstrate excellence in scholarship, teaching, and collegial service. 

Application Instructions 

Review of applications will commence November 1, 2023; candidates are encouraged to apply early. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.   

To apply, please submit the following materials: (1) cover letter that summarizes qualifications for this position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement (up to 3 pages), (4) statement of teaching philosophy and/or teaching interests (up to 2 pages), and (5) statement of service, including past and planned contributions to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 2 pages).   

In addition, candidates will be asked to provide the names and contact information for three references. 

  • EEO Statement 

    Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. 

    Rice University Standard of Civility serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public. 

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Contact Information

  • Erica Harris
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Rice University
    1600 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77005


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