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Tenure Track or Tenured Faculty Position in Structural Engineering and Mechanics in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at The Pennsylvania State University is pleased to announce a search for a tenure track Assistant Professor in the area of Structural Engineering and Mechanics. Applications for an appointment at the Associate Professor level will also be considered. Candidates with expertise in all areas of Structural Engineering and Mechanics are invited, with particular interest and emphasis on candidates with demonstrated experience in experimental techniques and structural mechanics, focused on advancing fundamental understanding of important structural phenomena, such as fatigue, damage, stability, and deterioration, among others. The ideal candidate should demonstrate both intellectual depth and breadth, as well as promise for high-quality research and a commitment to teaching excellence. Individuals with demonstrated abilities to collaborate across disciplines are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in civil or structural engineering or a closely related field at the start of the appointment. Candidates seeking the rank of Associate Professor should have a strong track record of success in teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally funded research program leading to national and international recognition, teach courses pertaining to structural design and engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to the operation and promotion of the department, college, university, and the profession. The preferred candidate should show the potential for excellence in these activities through journal publications, professional conference presentations, teaching courses, outreach, and related activities.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests that also reflect how contributions will advance Penn State’s Commitment to Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, up to three academic publications, and contact information for three references. For full consideration, applications should be received no later than November 15, 2021.

The CEE Department is a vibrant and dynamic unit with 36 faculty members, 17 research scientists, annual research expenditures of $18M, and current U.S. News and World Report rankings of 13th and 20th, respectively, for undergraduate and graduate programs in civil engineering. Department faculty members have received prestigious honors including many professional society awards, 12 NSF CAREER awards, and one NAE membership. Penn State is one of the nation’s leading research universities with research expenditures over $1 billion annually. Penn State also has substantial outlets for experimental and interdisciplinary research through the Civil Infrastructure Testing and Evaluation Laboratory, the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, Materials Research Institute, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, and Institutes of Energy and the Environment, among others. The Penn State College of Engineering is also currently constructing two new campus buildings that will comprise collaborative research and teaching spaces for multiple engineering units across the college, including a new high-bay structural testing laboratory with strong floor and reaction wall. Please see for additional information about the department.

The College of Engineering is committed to creating a diverse and welcoming community that is pursuing engineering education, research, and community engagement with the power to inspire change and impact tomorrow. The College is also committed to work-life balance, a strong appreciation for diversity and inclusion, and family-friendly programs for faculty.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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