The College of Engineering at the University of Missouri (MU) is in the process of hiring up to 12 new faculty in the broad area of Sustainability with an emphasis on Food, Energy, Water and Smart Cities (FEWS). Under the leadership of Dean Elizabeth Loboa, MU Engineering’s Sustainability in FEWSed mission focuses primarily on how the College can become a global leader in sustainability research and education with an emphasis on the intersections of sustainable energy, water, mineral resources, food, infrastructure, and environment. Its FEWSed approach includes research and development in those areas that aim to create a greener, smarter and more renewable world for future generations. Research supported in each of these areas includes, but not limited to, the brief descriptions below:
FOOD: Research at the nexus of basic and applied areas of science and engineering is needed to improve the sustainable production, distribution, and accessibility of food in the presence of a number of severe challenges in the next decades. The College of Engineering at the University of Missouri seeks faculty who are committed to addressing the complex issues of food sustainability from innovative perspectives and who can bring creative thinking and techniques to areas ranging from: molecular biology, phenomics, synthetic biology, and crop, forage, and livestock improvement; precision agriculture; nutritional quality, functional foods, and foods for health; rural economic development; urban agriculture and food deserts; and food products, production systems, and processing.
ENERGY: The research areas include, but are not limited to, solar energy conversion technology, wind energy, energy storage, utilization and transportation, energy materials, renewable fuels, and energy economics and policy.
WATER: These positions are essential building blocks for a strong sustainable water resources research theme at MU. They are well integrated into current campus centers and initiatives, including the Missouri Water Resources Research Center, the CAFNR Center for Watershed Management and Water Quality, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Applicants should have research expertise in water sustainability in one or more of the following:
hydrologic processes and process modeling
conjunctive studies in groundwater/surface water management, water transport, drinking water treatment, and reclamation in urban environments
sustainable water use in irrigation and agriculture
water resources and environmental engineering
smart or integrated devices useful in monitoring water quality and hydrologic processes
biological interactions and feedback mechanisms with water quality and quantity (e.g., ecohydrology and hydrobiology)
the economics of water resources
the water, energy, and food nexus.
SMART CITIES: Examples of desirable areas of research in smart cities include smart and green infrastructure, resilient cities, intelligent transportation systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, climate change, renewable systems, sustainable land-use, and livable communities with scalable technologies.
Successful applicants will have:
the highest degree awarded in their discipline;
a record of interdisciplinary research appropriate to the level of the appointment; and
a demonstrated ability or strong potential to establish externally funded research programs in the stated areas.
The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in one or more areas of expertise.
We invite applications for tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels. Joint hiring between the College of Engineering and other colleges/schools (e.g., the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, the College of Arts & Science) is desirable.
The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability, or status as a protected veteran. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, academic or otherwise, who are passionate about pursuing research in water sustainability.
Closing Dates: Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2018 and will continue until the positions are filled.
Application: Apply using the online system (http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/).
Please follow the instructions on the website, select job ID # 21926 for FOOD, select job ID # 21925 for ENERGY, select job ID # 21924 for WATER and select job ID # 21927 for SMART CITIES, and upload a cover letter, curriculum vita, a statement of research and teaching goals, a representative research paper, and contact information for at least three references.
Any questions regarding the application procedure may be directed to the following:
Professor Toni Kazic, Food for Sustainability Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Email: Kazict@missouri.edu
Professor Sanjeev Khanna, Energy for Sustainability Search Committee Chair, Director of Midwest Industrial Assessment Center, Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Allen Thompson, Water Studies Committee Chair, College of Engineering, Bioengineering Department, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Email: email@example.com,
Professor Carlos Sun, Smart Cities Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org