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Faculty Position in Geotechnical Engineering at University of California, Irvine

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in geotechnical engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in geomechanics and good knowledge of the analysis and design of soil-structure systems. Potential areas of research include soil and rock mechanics, geomaterials, slope instabilities, soil structure interactions, liquefaction, and related sensor networks. In addition, candidates with energy and environmental interests such as CO2 sequestration, geothermal energy production, biosolids disposal, and nuclear waste management are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should possess a Ph.D degree in civil engineering or closely related field at the time of appointment, and be qualified to teach a range of core undergraduate courses in the Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering degree programs offered by the Department such as statics, mechanics of materials, soil mechanics and foundation design. Candidates should also be prepared to teach at the graduate level and contribute to both structural engineering and environmental programs. There is also potential to contribute to materials programs and energy programs within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, based on the successful candidate's interests and expertise. Candidates must demonstrate a strong potential to develop an externally funded research group and make innovative contributions to science and engineering.

Nominally, the position will be at the assistant professor level (tenure track), but in exceptional cases senior applicants will be considered. The successful candidate will be considered for a Samueli Faculty Career Development Professorship (junior level) or a Samueli Endowed Chair (senior level).

The Department has currently has 20 full-time faculty members and offers B.S. ABET accredited degrees and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The Department houses state-of-the-art structural and dynamic testing facilities, including a large-scale biaxial shake table, MTS control equipment, a dynamic mechanical analysis system, a strong floor/wall reaction system, a large scale soil pit, laminar soil box, and a lightweight structures laboratory. The Department also houses experimental facilities for flow and transport in porous and fractured media, including high pressure systems. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to partner with several campus units such as the Center for Advanced Monitoring and Damage Inspection, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Urban Water Research Center, Environment Institute, Department of Earth System Science, and Department of Policy, Planning and Design.

To apply, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of particular qualifications including teaching and research interests, and names and addresses of at least four references using the UC Irvine on-line application system: Review of applications will begin December 1, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

For additional information, please contact:
Lorrie Aguirre (
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2175

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Irvine is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

posted October 15, 2010