University of Houston-Downtown — Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences – (FAC002779) 

Note: If you have any questions, please contact one of the following people: Ms. Andrea Guillory at; Dr. Lisa Morano at; Dr. Ken Johnson at

The Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) invites applications for a tenure track position in Environmental Science at the assistant professor level with an anticipated start in Fall 2023.  Applicants with a particular interest in carbon capture research, reactive transport modeling, aqueous geochemistry, biogeochemical processes, or environmental chemical processes are strongly desired.

UHD is a teaching university and tenure-track faculty teach 21 contact hours over two long semesters (typically 7 courses across the academic year). Teaching responsibilities for this position include undergraduate environmental sciences courses based on expertise and the needs of the department. In addition to providing student-centered pedagogy in all courses, candidates are expected to develop upper-level courses in their specialty and engage in student success initiatives.

This position requires the establishment of a successful research program that actively engages undergraduate students, and candidates are expected to pursue funding to support their research. The faculty member is expected to engage in service activities that support the mission of the department and UHD. Applicants committed to inclusive excellence in the institution and excited to collaborate with faculty in other STEM and non-STEM disciplines are particularly welcome.



Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, including but not limited to disciplines such as geology, chemistry, life sciences, or related discipline at the time of appointment

Preferred Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Teaching and/or research expertise in environmental sciences
  • Demonstrated active research program/plan involving undergraduate students
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses in a range of instructional modalities

About University of Houston Downtown

The second-largest university in Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is a comprehensive, four-year, urban university in the heart of downtown. Led by President Loren J. Blanchard, UHD is a community of diverse faculty, staff, students, and regional partners dedicated to nurturing talent, generating knowledge, and driving socioeconomic mobility for a just and sustainable future.

Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in size, scope, and service, now offering 46 bachelor’s and 11 master’s degree programs and 17 fully online programs within its four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology.

UHD educates approximately 15,000 students annually. With more than 77% of UHD’s students coming directly from Harris County, UHD is not just a university in Houston, but Houston’s University and an Anchor Institution for the region.

UHD is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military-Friendly School. While the student population is largely Hispanic at 53% and African-American at 20%, more than 64 countries are represented. Furthermore, UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston, and its graduates have the lowest student loan debt in the state. Importantly, 70% of UHD freshman students are the first in their families to attend college.

UHD is one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, which also includes the University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Houston-Victoria.  Instructional Sites operated by UHD are University of Houston-Downtown Northwest, University of Houston-Downtown at Lone Star College-Kingwood, and University of Houston-Downtown at Lone Star College-Woodlands.

Required attachments:

  • A statement of teaching philosophy that emphasizes instructional strategies and student engagement and includes your experience/plan/interest in teaching nontraditional students in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment
  • A statement of research including a proposed research project with a plan to engage undergraduate students, and the infrastructure and equipment needs for the project(s)
  • Candidates should be prepared to have three letters of recommendation submitted upon request