University of Nevada, Reno — Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering for Extreme Events

University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering for Extreme Events

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for up to two assistant professors in the area of structural engineering for extreme events. These full-time, tenure-track positions include teaching, research, and service responsibilities.

In accordance with the University’s mission as a land grant institution, duties include undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision of graduate students, performance of research, development of externally funded research activities, and university service. Up to two appointments are expected to be made at this level. The intended start date for both positions is July 1, 2019.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification, and a strong research background in structural engineering for resilient communities. In particular, candidates are required to have expertise in either: (1) computational mechanics in soil-structure-interaction or fluid-structure interaction, as related to risk evaluation and design of civil infrastructure for extreme events, or (2) at least one of the following: multi-hazard protective systems, structural health monitoring, intelligent infrastructure, and emerging technologies in structural engineering. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate experience in, or have an interest in, innovative teaching.

In addition to the above required qualifications, experience in large-scale numerical and experimental simulations of structural systems subject to extreme events is desirable. It is also desirable that the candidates be able to demonstrate an ability and interest in becoming registered, or already be registered, as a professional engineer, and be capable of teaching courses in structural design.

The University of Nevada, Reno is experiencing unprecedented growth. Fifty new tenure-track and full-time instructional faculty have been be added in the last two years, for a total of 217 new positions since 2013. Enrollment is expected to reach 22,000 students by 2020. Much of this growth is in engineering and science and a new, 90,000 sq. ft., engineering building is expected to open in 2020.

The structural and earthquake engineering program within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the university’s premier research programs with nine academic faculty, two research faculty and approximately 35 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Its state-of-the-art structural engineering laboratories are among the most advanced in the United States and perhaps the world. They comprise the 18,000 sq. ft. Large-Scale Structures Laboratory with 7,500 sq. ft. of strong floor space, and the 44,000 sq. ft. Earthquake Engineering Laboratory with 9,600 sq. ft. of strong floor space. The latter houses the only re-locatable, four-table array in the U.S. capable of simulating earthquakes for large-scale, system-level experiments. This array includes three, identical, 50-ton, biaxial shake tables, and a 50-ton, 6-degree-of-freedom shake table. A fifth shake table and biaxial laminar soil box is under construction for studying soil-structure-interaction. When complete in spring 2019, it will be the second largest such facility in the world. In addition, a large family of servo-hydraulic actuators is available for hybrid experimentation.

For further information about the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, please go to: All inquiries should be directed to Professor David McCallen (, Search Committee Chair.

For further information about this position and to apply, please use the following link:—Main-Campus/Assistant-Professor–Civil-and-Environmental-Engineering_R0110829-1

Attach the following documents to your application: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Contact Information for three Professional References, Statement of Research Interests and Teaching Philosophy, and a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

This posting will close on October 15, 2018 at 12:00 am. Applications will not be accepted after 11:59 pm on October 14, 2018. EEO/AA Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.