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Assistant Professor, Water Resources (2 positions)
East Carolina University

Date Posted Oct. 30, 2018
Title Assistant Professor, Water Resources (2 positions)
University East Carolina University
Greenville, NC, United States
Department The Department of Engineering and The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Marine/Freshwater Sciences

East Carolina University

Assistant Professor, Water Resources (2 positions)
Vacancy #s: 936408 & 600060
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview
East Carolina University ( is the premier research intensive institution serving the needs of higher education in eastern North Carolina. With an enrollment of over 29,000 students, ECU is a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System and is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University. The University is committed to addressing challenges faced by the coastal plain communities of North Carolina and around the world through the ECU Rural Prosperity Initiative; addressing water supply, management, and governance will be key components of those solutions. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 91,500), which lies ~80 miles east of Raleigh and a short distance from the Atlantic coast. The rapidly growing Department of Engineering ( currently has 31 faculty and over 550 majors pursuing BS and MS degrees in concentration areas that include Biomedical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. he Department of Geography, Planning and Environment ( is a diverse, research-active, and collegial unit that houses four undergraduate degree programs, and offers the MS in Geography. The department is also home to the ECU Center for Geographic Information Science. Both departments have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and participate in ECU’s cross-campus PhD programs, particularly our innovative Coastal Resources Management degree.

Job Duties
ECU┬áinvites applicants for two positions at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level within a growing cross-campus water resources cluster being led jointly by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Technology. The cluster spans disciplines in the social and natural sciences as well as engineering. The new hires will be integral members of ECU’s emerging Water Resources Center, which is focused on providing resources and facilities to enhance transdisciplinary water research at the University.

Faculty in the cluster are expected to be highly research active, will serve as catalysts for new research projects, have the ability to participate in collaborative multi-partner research programs, and will therefore have a reduced teaching commitment. Applicants who can provide depth in their area of expertise while bridging across disciplines to create research synergies are highly desired. One of the new tenure-track positions being sought to grow the cluster this year will be in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment and will have a research emphasis in water policy and governance. The second tenure-track position will be in the Department of Engineering and will have a focus on water engineering. In both cases, exceptional candidates from all relevant research areas will be considered.

Minimum Education/Experience
Successful applicants for the position in Water Policy and Governance will have a PhD in Geography, or a related field such as Planning, Community Studies, or Public Policy. Successful applicants for the position in Water Engineering will have a PhD in Water Resources Engineering or a related field such as Environmental or Civil Engineering. Qualifying degrees for either position must be from appropriately accredited institutions. All candidates must demonstrate an interest in interdisciplinary research and education.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Water Policy and Governance: The preferred candidate for this position will have expertise to investigate water policy, management, governance and planning from an intrinsically social science perspective. Applicants who can demonstrate novel approaches to working and interacting with the diverse actors that continuously recompose the hydrosocial landscape worldwide, including scientists and engineers, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should also communicate their interest and ability to apply these novel approaches to North Carolina policy, institutions, planning and politics.

Water Engineering: Individuals who can bring unique perspectives to solving water problems in coastal or urban hydrology, low-impact development, water treatment, and innovative uses of waste streams are encouraged to apply for this position. The candidate should demonstrate that their work can be integrated within the broader engineering context of human and natural systems. Industry experience and registration as a Professional Engineer are also desirable. Knowledge of continuous improvement processes and ABET accreditation requirements is beneficial.

For both positions, we value a range of prior experiences, including: discipline-based education research, participation in grant proposal preparation and obtaining external funding, and a record of scholarship.

Special Instructions to Applicant
Applications for the position in Water Policy and Governance must be submitted online at under position number 936408, applications for the position in Water Engineering must be submitted online at under position number 600060, and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research plan, statement of teaching interests and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information for three current references. Applicants must also complete a candidate profile online at the time of application and arrange for three letters of reference to be either emailed as a signed pdf attachment to or mailed to: Stephen Moysey, A227 Brewster Bldg, Department of Geography, Planning, & Environment, Mail Stop 557, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858. An official transcript and three signed, original letters of recommendation are required upon employment. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Stephen Moysey, search committee chair ( Review of applications will begin November 24, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Additional Instructions to Applicants
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 936408 or # 600060 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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