Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Security

Job Description

This is a new search faculty position with a joint appointment in the Virginia Tech's Center for Environmental Security and Virginia Tech's National Security Institute. Both are headquartered in the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Virginia.

This position will support rapid growth in the broad field of environmental security. The center defines “environmental security as the interdisciplinary approach to managing and mitigating for environmental threats to human infrastructure, institutions, health, and prosperity.” Consequently, we are interested in a wide range of potential disciplines and academic expertise, such as Geospatial Technology, Environmental Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Modelling, Cognitive or Decision Sciences, Risk Analysis, Environmental Sociology, Meteorology, or Climate Science.

We anticipate the research assistant professor to be relatively early career with the expectation of the position being entirely committed to applied research. This position will share a dual appointment with Virginia Tech’s new National Security Institute, and the candidate will work closely and seamlessly across both organizations. The successful candidate can expect competitive salary and benefits in a university setting. This position serves as a research staff member of the Center and the Institute and the successful applicant will have the ability to contribute to these programs, lead the development of new programs, and mentor students engaged in these programs. Positions may be located in Arlington, VA or other locations as negotiated.

Required Qualifications

-Given the nature of the research conducted and requirement from federal sponsors, candidates must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- Doctorate degree in Geospatial Technology, Environmental Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Modeling, Cognitive or Decision Sciences, Risk Analysis, Environmental Sociology, Meteorology, or Climate Science, or related discipline.
- Evidence of high potential for excellence in research and development as demonstrated through academic study or experience.
- Scholarship and funding credentials that support the rank of research assistant professor.
- Demonstrated mastery of ones’ field of study through publication of relevant research in peer-reviewed academic venues appropriate to the discipline.
- Proficiency with the tools germane to field of research.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in executing upon research projects.

Preferred Qualifications

- Active security clearance at the TS/SCI level.
- Experience writing grant and contract proposals.
- Experience serving as principal investigator on research grants and contracts.
- Interest and/or experience in working effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and student population.
- Experience conducting research programs supporting government agency sponsors, including within the defense and intelligence sectors.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

31 January 2023

Additional Information

This position is located in Arlington, VA. Given the restrictions from the funding agency, candidates must be a U.S. Citizen as well as have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

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 military 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: November 28, 2022
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