The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering invites nominations and applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at all ranks in civil and environmental engineering. The Department is particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated research expertise in or across the areas of (1) Disasters/Extreme Events and (2) Sustainability in the Built Environment. Both natural (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, climate change) and man-made (e.g., terrorist attacks, engineering failures, industrial accidents, climate change) disasters encompass the Extreme Events focus area; research and education in this area includes any aspect of an event, from an understanding of the generated forcings to their associated failure processes in materials and infrastructure systems, to remedies that minimize their impact. Research in the Sustainability focus area should ensure long-term viability of natural resources and engineered civil systems, such as the development of future materials and technologies for sustainable infrastructure and clean energy. Applicants should state which focus area is most closely related to their expertise, as well as how they might collaborate with other areas both within and outside of the Viterbi School.
Positions are available starting August 16, 2014. To receive full consideration, candidates should apply on-line by November 30, 2013. Application materials include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and contact information for five references. All application materials will be held in the strictest confidence. Interested individuals are welcome to contact Prof. Patrick Lynett, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, 3620 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90089-2531.
The Astani Department has 22 tenured/tenure track faculty members, including four chaired professorships, six current or former Young Investigator and Early Career awardees, and many fellows of professional organizations. In November 2007, the Department was the beneficiary of a $17 million pledge from Sonny Astani, the largest ever bestowed on a department of civil and environmental engineering. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is among the top engineering schools in the world. More than a third of its 177 tenured/tenure-track faculty members are fellows in their respective professional societies and 35 affiliated faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The School is home to over 45 research centers and institutes, including the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, the Department of Homeland Security CREATE Center, and an Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) supported by the Department of Energy.