Circular Economy

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech ( is seeking applicants for a faculty position in data analytics for innovation in the circular economy. This position can be filled at the assistant professor level. This is a full-time, tenure-track, academic year position.

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at either assistant or associate professor level to lead efforts in renewable materials innovation that drive sustainable and circular economies of the future. Materials are the primary resource societies need to make the products we live in, work in, and use every day. Innovations in materials, products, and services that are designed to move from a linear “cradle to grave”economy to one that is more circular (cradle to cradle) are critical for sustainable economic development. Our ability to manage and control objects in the physical world electronically is growing exponentially and represents a tremendous opportunity in rethinking the way we innovate to unlock the circular economy potential. The aim of this position is to expand the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials’ expertise in data-based decision making in the areas of sustainable business practices and operations, as well as in entrepreneurship and innovation commercialization. This is a regular nine-month appointment, with approximately 50 percent research and 50 percent teaching.

Appointment to the rank of assistant or associate professor carries with it the duties of conducting research, seeking and maintaining external funding, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that expands expertise in emerging innovation opportunity areas for circular economies. Successful applicants will also be required to participate in program areas within Virginia Tech’s transdisciplinary Data and Decisions community.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in any technical, engineering, decision science, or business-related discipline.
Demonstrated ability in the following areas:
- Developing and sustaining a nationally recognized research program.
- Teaching a minimum of two undergraduate courses and one graduate course.
- Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
- Contributing to an environment that nurtures collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and industry partners from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.
- Position requires a conviction check.

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The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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Advertised: March 4, 2021
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