Assistant or Associate Professor

Search #: 494825
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  The position has an expected start date of August 23, 2021.  The research specialties of interest are in the general area of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Candidates with a strong background in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be considered for all ranks and in all Civil and Environmental Engineering related fields. 

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant federal-, state- and industry-funded research program and pursue traditional and non-traditional external funding sources. Candidates will be expected to develop and sustain an internationally recognized research program to advance knowledge for addressing fundamental challenges in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) with respect to Transportation and Civil Engineering. The candidate is expected to pursue a creative and innovative multidisciplinary research agenda that benefits owners, operators, decision makers and the traveling public. The candidate should demonstrate the potential to collaborate with current faculty in related areas across the University of Connecticut. The candidate should have research expertise in at least one of the following areas:

Future of Mobility 

The concepts of mobility on demand and mobility as a service along with connected and automated vehicles will revolutionize our transportation system. The impacts and mechanics of these technological advances will change the way we travel and introduce significant challenges of safety, sustainability, and equity. These advances include connected vehicles, automated vehicles, autonomous vehicles, automated data collection, remote sensing, and vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

Connected Infrastructure

The integration of sensors and communications devices with civil infrastructure provides unlimited opportunities to enhance the efficiency of design, construction, control, and maintenance of civil and environmental infrastructure. These technologies would include smart traffic signals, smart and connected cities, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, transportation asset data collection and management practices.

Traveler Behavior Analysis

All movement of people results in an enormous amount of data being collected on an hourly or daily basis. Such data present the opportunity to apply advanced processing methods and applications including AI and ML infused microsimulation-based approaches to model and analyze travel behavior, safety, and efficiency optimizations in real time. This area would lead to AI and ML innovations in research in the areas of activity-based travel behavior, time use analysis, travel demand modeling and forecasting, transportation planning and policy analysis, integrated models of land use and transport, convergence of traveler behavior and safety analysis, and econometric and statistical modeling. 

Supply Chain Resiliency

Global logistics have become challenging in the face of disruptions due to government policies and health emergencies. These challenges prompt the need for robust and resilient design and operation of supply chain and logistics networks; mitigation of the impact of uncertainty and disruptions on freight systems; integration of new data sources in understanding freight patterns; sustainable and resilient urban freight systems; impact of new technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles and drones in freight system optimization.

The successful candidate must share a commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.  Applicants who can collaborate and perform inter-disciplinary work in addition to individual research efforts will be preferred, as well as candidates who demonstrate a commitment to developing and expanding academic and scholarly initiatives of the Department and School of Engineering in the topic of infrastructure systems.

Successful candidates will also be expected to enhance inclusion and broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; as demonstrated through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement, strengthen the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

In addition, candidates in the broader field of civil engineering (i.e., structural engineering, construction management and engineering, resilient infrastructure) whose scholarship and background is well-aligned with entrepreneurship, commercialization, and economic development are particularly encouraged to apply for additional tenure track positions at all ranks. Such candidates, in addition to excellence in their field of expertise, must demonstrate a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur or technology innovator.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has an RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity) Carnegie Basic Classification. The Department has 32 faculty members, over 425 undergraduate students and over 100 graduate students. The State of Connecticut has launched a new transportation plan called “Let’s GO CT” that calls for $100 billion to be invested in the State’s transportation over the next 30 years and UCONN is well positioned to play a significant role in the long-range strategic plan to move Connecticut to a best in class transportation system.

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. in Civil, Engineering or a related field by the time of appointment (equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable); demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching; ability to teach transportation engineering and ITS courses, as well as basic civil engineering courses; and demonstrated potential in establishing and undertaking successful research and scholarship. Senior candidates must have an established record of leadership excellence and funding from competitive sources. 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS 

A Professional Engineering license or the ability and intent to obtain one within two years; an undergraduate degree in civil or transportation engineering; an outstanding record of research and scholarship excellence; demonstration of effective teaching and integrating technology into instruction; an established record of excellence in teaching; the ability to effectively communicate and a record of public engagement; demonstrated experience promoting diversity in civil and environmental engineering; and the ability to pursue collaborative opportunities with current faculty.

APPOINTMENT TERMS 

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of assignment at one of UConn’s regional campuses. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17273 and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Two (2) sample journal articles
  • Contact information, including email and phone number for three (3) references.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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