The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position in the area of water ethics, policy, and management. The position will be open at all ranks. The Department seeks candidates who have demonstrated outstanding research in areas that align with the strategic research thrusts of the Department and the College of Engineering. Research thrusts relevant to this position include, but are not limited to, the ethical management of water over the range of competing interests for water resources, ethical decision-making, virtual water trading and the science and engineering behind those decisions, water allocation over a range of sources and needs, especially in rural areas, valuation of water, water conflicts, long-term projections for global water trading, and water informatics to inform decisions on the collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of water information. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a dynamic group with 30 tenure-line faculty, annual research expenditures exceeding 10 million dollars, 33,000 peer-reviewed paper citations indexed by Thomson’s Web of Science, and U.S. News and World Report rankings of 14th at the undergraduate level and 22nd for the Civil Engineering graduate program. The Department’s faculty has received a number of prestigious honors including NSF PhD CAREER awards and NAE membership. Excellent opportunities exist for candidates to interact with faculty in multidisciplinary projects through the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Sustainability Institute, Social Science Research Institute, among others. Penn State is one of the nation’s leading research universities with expenditures exceeding $840 million 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. The successful candidate would join a faculty with expertise in hydrologic modeling of large-scale systems, watershed dynamics, land-surface processes, urban water footprint and sustainability, eco-hydrology, environmental hydraulics, risk-based decision making, and flood hydraulics. Penn State ( is embarking on a transformative series of co-funded hires in ethics designed to ensure that Penn State becomes a leader in ethics informed interdisciplinary research and the integration of ethical literacy throughout the Penn State curriculum. This is one of twelve tenure-track appointments funded by the University to augment the Penn State mission in this important area. Co-funded faculty will be hosted as affiliate faculty in the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute ( We are seeking candidates who will build on the Rock Ethics Institute’s tradition of excellence in collaborative, interdisciplinary ethics research and ethically informed decision support for significant societal issues, as well as their success in integrating ethics into the curriculum. We are looking for individuals who will be effective in working on and leading interdisciplinary teams that embed ethical analysis into research projects including decision support research, and who have experience and interest in integrating ethics in undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Faculty who are hired will be Affiliate Faculty in the Rock Ethics Institute and receive a one-course release for the first five years designed to enhance collaboration with faculty and students on existing ethics research and curricular initiatives as well as building new initiatives and programs in conjunction with the Institute’s mission. Applicants shall hold a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or closely related discipline. Candidates will be expected to engage in instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the area of water resources management and engineering and enhance the Department’s existing curriculum. Applicants should upload a letter of application, resume, academic transcripts, a letter of research and teaching interests, and the names and addresses of three professional references. Application materials should include a statement of how the candidate’s work is relevant to the University and Rock vision and how such a position is likely to augment their own work.

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