This job has expired

Assistant Professor

Rice University
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 1, 2021

View more

Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.
Rice University: Brown School of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering Location Houston, TX Open Date Sep 16, 2021




On Novel Materials for Future Infrastructure Systems and the Constructed Environment 


The Rice University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in the area of innovative materials for future built environments and engineered systems. Applicants will find a vibrant research and teaching community eager to transform materials research into societal benefits through bold initiatives, including the Welch Institute for Advanced Materials, Rice’s Quantum Initiative, the ERC on Nanotechnology‐Enabled Water treatment (NEWT), Rice’s Data Science Initiative, the Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and the SSPEED center on storms, impacts and their mitigation.

To exploit these opportunities, we seek candidates with deep foundational expertise in new multi‐ functional, multi‐scale, and coupled‐physics materials for infrastructure systems, and an interest in research across disciplines that develops models or uses materials for the re‐invention of urban and rural constructed environments at risk. Areas of interest include: (1) Theoretical and AI‐assisted discovery of materials with new or improved capabilities in morphology, constructability, durability, sensing, responsiveness and adaptation; (2) Design and experimental/computational verification of materials with self‐healing abilities, superior strength and toughness, bio‐inspired functions, and optimal topologies constrained by combinatorial, economic, environmental, and social equity implications; (3) Atomistic quantum‐mechanical modeling, molecular dynamics, and continuum theories of materials, from nano‐ to macro‐scales; (4) Physics‐guided and explainable AI for modeling and design of construction materials experiencing uncertain demands, fatigue, fracture, radiation, and resilience loss.


Expectations: Successful candidates are expected to establish a rigorous, externally funded research program, have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, develop core undergraduate and graduate courses within their area of expertise, collaborate with faculty in diverse disciplines, and be involved in service to the university and the broader scientific community. Furthermore, the successful candidate will advise/mentor undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


More About Rice University: Located in Houston Texas, it is a spirited campus with research centers, institutes and interdisciplinary initiatives providing resources and collaboration opportunities to candidates. The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs (US News & World Report) and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment. Rice also seeks to increase representation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines in which they have been underrepresented. In addition, Rice wants to attract international students from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought, and support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding.


All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or a related field conferred by July 1, 2022.

Application Instructions

Applications must include a cover letter that summarizes qualifications for this position; a CV; statements of research, teaching interests, and service, as well as a statement on how applicants would contribute to a diverse and inclusive learning community at Rice through teaching, research, and service; and the names and contact information of three references. 

Application Process This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Apply Now Powered by Opens in
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert