Faculty (Environmental Engineering) with Joint Appointment at FIPR Institute-Waste Water Treatment

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Job location: JD Alexander Florida Polytechnic Main Campus - Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-06-24
Req: R1145
Located along Florida’s I-4 High Tech Corridor, Florida Poly opened its doors in August 2014 as the state’s 12th university and the only one dedicated to core subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM education). The non-traditional academic environment focuses on applied learning, specifically in technology and engineering. Small class sizes give faculty the opportunity to work closely with high-caliber students, and the most advanced technology, including a Supercomputer, 3D printing lab, media lab and nanotechnology lab, sets Florida Poly apart from other state universities. Florida Poly’s innovative approach to higher education allows students to learn strong fundamentals within a traditional university department structure, while giving them opportunities to apply their learning through research and projects in emerging high-tech concentrations like Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Machine Intelligence and more. The University partners closely with industry leading firms, and faculty members are rewarded for more than just publishing. Industry involvement, problem solving, and the commercialization of technology and research through start-ups and small businesses are encouraged.


Job Title   

Faculty (Environmental Engineering) with Joint Appointment at FIPR Institute-Waste Water Treatment   

Job Description Summary   


The Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree program at Florida Polytechnic University and the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPR) seek highly qualitied candidates with strong expertise in water, water systems, fate and transport of water pollutants in the environment, industrial process water management and cleanup, hydrology, and/or waste-water cleanup. This position is a joint appointment between Florida Polytechnic University and Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute. The candidate will serve as University faculty with teaching and research responsibilities, as well as serving as formal research duties at Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute. The appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

The University appointment requires individuals to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses, develop a strong research program, conduct interdisciplinary research activities, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and provide service to the university and the profession. Faculty at Florida Polytechnic University are encouraged to build strong industry relations to further high impact applied research. The department is interested in candidates who are highly collaborative and collegial with a strong commitment to pursuing results-oriented research, student mentoring, and teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

The Institute appointment complements the University appointment with research activity that supports the FIPR mission. Individuals will be expected to also seek out grant opportunities related to the areas specified below. When possible, research activity should have a direct impact on industry operations to facilitate economic development in central Florida and beyond, both domestic and international.

The successful candidate will be expert in one or more of the areas of wastewater treatment, industrial process water management and cleanup, mitigation and remediation of impacted surface and groundwater (including agricultural practices), water chemistry, environmental microbiology, hydrology and hydraulics, environmental sensing and monitoring and sustainable practices.

Preference will be given to those with prior experience teaching undergraduate and graduate environmental engineering courses and laboratories, relevant industrial experience, and professional engineering licensure. A demonstrated research record as evidenced by publications and successful acquisition of extramural funding is also highly desired.   

Job Description   



  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, or closely related field. ·
  • Credentials by degree and/or experience to support delivery of core courses in the department


  • Direct specialization in an engineering area related to water·
  • Academic Experience as a faculty member with instructional and research responsibility
  • Demonstrated accomplishment in independent funded research.
  • Experience in curriculum development and/or ABET accreditation
  • Active participation in professional activities and organizations
  • Prior professional US experience with progressive responsibility


Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and is the twelfth university in the Florida State University System. The University was created as a STEM-focused public university that offers high-value undergraduate and graduate degrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focus on economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated to preparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, Florida Polytechnic University blends traditional subject matter mastery with problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide students with learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and a career of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses in small class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to faculty experience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and research mission.

Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term defined appointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, that substantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment and progression in rank upon completion of a significant review of accomplishments.

Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-modern campus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway between Tampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines small town comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High Tech Corridor is home to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has more than 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college. Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thriving performing art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and home values increasing 14.3% on average over the past year, Lakeland and central Florida continue to rise among the best places to live and work.

EXPECTED STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications


  • Positions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
  • Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work in the United States. This proof must be provided prior to employment at the University. An appointment is not final until proof is provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applicants are required to upload the following documents (combine all documents in one file if possible, 5MB max or five attachments):

  • Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • List of at least 3 professional references (names and contact information)
  • Unofficial copy of the Ph.D./M.Sc. transcript

This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04.

 Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:


Required attachments are listed on each posting.   Please be sure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field before continuing through the application. Once your application has been submitted, no changes may be made and additional attachments will not be considered. 


An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the official transcripts are required upon hire. 


Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the application deadline.


All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.  



This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04. 




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Posted: 3/6/2020
Application Due: 12/19/2020
Work Type: Full Time