Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 21, 2015

The Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track research and extension position at the assistant professor rank in Water Resources Engineering. We seek a highly motivated candidate to develop an integrated research/extension program to ensure Virginians have access to, and maximize the utilization of, a finite amount of quality water. Programmatic areas may include the following: assessing the impacts of climate change and climate variability on water resources and availability; developing and applying remote-sensing techniques to quantify water use and improve irrigation efficiency; irrigation and drainage water management; and developing/assessing water saving techniques and technologies to quantify agricultural, urban, and peri-urban water use efficiency for temperate and humid subtropical climates found in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic United States. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and implement an effective extension program in irrigation and water supply development.
Maintenance and appropriate allocation of adequate water supplies is an important concern to Virginia, which maintains a >$55 billion/year agricultural industry while urban areas continue to expand in several dense metropolitan areas (Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia). The demand for quality ground- and surface-water supplies is likely to grow in all sectors due, in part, to increasing demand for potable water to supply an expanding population, increasing agronomic and ornamental crop production, and maintaining urban landscaping. As demand increases, water availability may decrease as a result of climate change and more climate variability. Increased competition for limited water supplies drives the development of more sophisticated water resource management techniques. Virginia needs an individual to develop and communicate effective water resource and irrigation management strategies and techniques to a broad audience.

The BSE department is a diverse, dynamic, and rapidly expanding unit that includes faculty members conducting cutting-edge research in Watershed Science and Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering, while implementing crucial extension programming through Virginia Cooperative Extension. The BSE department is affiliated with two nationally ranked colleges: the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The department has close collaborations with the many faculty, departments, and institutes across the university and state that are involved in water-related programs. The successful candidate will be expected to build on and expand these relationships throughout the state.

Specific responsibilities are to develop and implement a nationally-recognized research/extension program, seek external funds, actively participate in graduate education by recruiting and advising graduate students, and participate in department, college, university, and professional service and outreach. The incumbent will be expected to secure competitive grants, establish a strong publication record, and support scholarly programs in both research and extension.

Apply online at (job posting TR0150084). Review of applications will begin on September 21, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must complete the faculty application online and upload (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement describing current research and future plans, and (4) an extension statement describing extension experience and future plans, and (5) names and contact information for three references.

Direct inquiries to Dr. Cully Hession, Search Committee Chair and BSE Professor,, 540-231-9480 or Dr. Mary Leigh Wolfe, BSE Department Head,, 540-231-6092.

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A Ph.D. degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline is required. Candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and have the clear ability to work well with faculty/peers across related disciplines, government entities, water supply stakeholders, and the general public.
Preference will be given to candidates with at least one degree in engineering, experience with irrigation system design and management, demonstrated aptitude for extension and outreach, evidence of peer-reviewed publications, and a demonstrated record of securing extramural funding.



Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience

Internal Number: TR0150084