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Assistant Professor – Civil Engineering Materials

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Assistant Professor – Civil Engineering Materials


Civil & Environmental Engr-Lincoln-1059

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Description of Work:

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track position in Civil Engineering Materials. Candidates applying for this position are expected to have a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a demonstrable research capability that will enable them to develop an externally funded, independent research program and publish in leading scholarly journals. The successful candidate should be prepared to collaborate with colleagues, develop new research initiatives, and participate in ongoing research projects.

The UNL College of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and seeks to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The college fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering consists of approximately 33 faculty members, 500 undergraduate students, and 130 graduate students with an ABET/EAC accredited undergraduate curriculum and advanced programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees on the Omaha and Lincoln campuses. Additional information about the Department and College of Engineering can be found at and The successful candidate will be primarily located on City Campus in Lincoln with teaching responsibilities on both Lincoln and Omaha campuses. This faculty position is available in August 2022.

The UNL College of Engineering currently has over 200 faculty members and is embarking on a period of unprecedented growth including the hiring of an additional 100 faculty and we are expecting the successful candidate to help shape the future of this organization as it becomes established among the elite engineering programs in the country.

This position offers a tremendous interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary opportunity to collaborate. Outstanding infrastructure exists for conducting research, including central facilities housing state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation within the Nebraska Transportation Center, the Mid-America Transportation Center (Region VII University Transportation Center), the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, the Nebraska Nanoengineering Research Facility, and the Holland Computing Center. Opportunities for collaborations across the University of Nebraska include the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research; the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience; the Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials; the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior; the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory; Innovation Campus; and other state- and federally-funded research centers and programs.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a closely related field and must have earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering or a closely related field prior to the start date of the appointment. Qualified applicants must have expertise in civil engineering materials. Candidates must also demonstrate excellence/commitment to engineering education and commitment to contributing to a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred candidates will have a BS in Civil Engineering and/or a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. Preferred candidates must demonstrate a strong record of scholarly achievement in one or more of the following areas: bituminous material development and testing, multi-scale and multi-physics modeling and characterization, micromechanical modeling for fracture and damage. Other areas of consideration include, but are not limited to sustainable, resilient, smart infrastructure materials and systems, pavement material reuse and recycling, responsive/adaptive materials, and applications of life-cycle cost and environmental analysis of pavement systems at different scales. Relevant postdoctoral or industrial experience, a strong record of grant applications and funding, and/or outstanding potential of scholarly success are preferred.

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. CV.
  3. Research, teaching, and diversity statements (recommend no more than two pages for each statement).
  4. A list of three to five references with full names and contact information.
Note, please combine teaching, research, and diversity statements into a single pdf document and attach it as “Other Document.”

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the rubrics used by our search committees to evaluate candidate statements: After the review of applications begins, those with any missing required statement may not be given full consideration. Please contact Dr. Jiong Hu, Search Committee Chair, at 402-554-4106 or [email protected] for assistance.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Dr. Jiong Hu, Search Committee Chair, at 402-554-4106 or [email protected]

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Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

9 Month

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Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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