Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineer - Oklahoma State University

Division Of Agricultural Sciences And Natural Resources Department Of Biosystems And Agricultural Engineering

Water Resources Engineer
Assistant Professor, Tenure-track Faculty Appointment

Nature of Position: This position is an 11-month, tenure-track appointment with primary Research (60%) and Teaching (40%) responsibilities, and can start as soon as January 1, 2018. Initial appointment will be at Assistant Professor, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The faculty member will be expected to develop a research program addressing priority water-resource issues in Oklahoma and the region. Programs are expected to include evaluating the impacts of agricultural management practices on water resources (particularly hydrology, nutrients, and contaminants), modeling watershed and in-stream water quality, developing best management practices for water conservation and to improve off-site water quality impacts, statistical hydrology, or any combination thereof.

The faculty member’s instructional program will include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Biosystems Engineering. In particular, the incumbent will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Potential topics include Water Quality Engineering, Watershed Modeling, and Applied Water Resources Statistics. Specific teaching responsibilities will be determined in collaboration with the department head and in alignment with the department’s needs. Advising graduate and undergraduate students, including honors students, and assisting with advising undergraduate student organizations are also expected.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, the Oklahoma Water Resources Center, other departments in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR), and other departments and units of the University and external partners. Updating and implementing innovative teaching methods/materials, working directly with clientele, collaborating with research and extension personnel, developing and implementing a nationally recognized research program, and providing service to university and professional communities are expected.

Required: The candidate must have an earned PhD degree in Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a closely related discipline. All requirements for the degree must have been met prior to start date. Knowledge of water resources engineering, hydrologic processes, fluid mechanics, and natural resources/environmental impacts is required. Candidates must have excellent speaking and writing skills, a willingness to travel, current (or the ability to obtain) Professional Engineering registration and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment.
Preferred: Postdoctoral experience in a related field, proven record of peer-reviewed publications and externally funded grants is ideal.

Conditions: Full-time, 11-month, tenure-track faculty appointment at the title of Assistant Professor.

Application Process: Application materials should include a letter indicating interest, qualifications and experience; curriculum vitae; research statement (one page maximum); teaching philosophy (one page maximum); and a list of five (5) names, with telephone numbers and e-mail address who may be contacted for additional information. Submit applications electronically to Inquiries or questions only regarding this position may be directed to Dr. John Veenstra Professor and Head (; 405-744-5431) or Dr. Carol Jones, Search Committee Chair, (; 405-744-6667).

Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin October 13, 2017. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected for the position.