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Syracuse University has established the Water Science and Engineering Initiative, funded through the University Provost and Vice Chancellor’s Office, to establish Syracuse University as a recognized leader in research and graduate training related to water science and engineering.  Water is increasingly a limiting resource for humans and ecosystems due to increases in human populations and their activities (e.g., energy use, food production, land use change, domestic, industrial and agricultural withdrawals and consumption). Changing climate and shifting land use exacerbate the limited availability of water.

Syracuse is positioned to be at the forefront of water science and engineering due to a tradition of cooperation and collaboration among faculty and students in water related research and education initiatives in Earth Sciences, Geography and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Our faculty has expertise in science and engineering, with current research addressing the consequences of the two most important drivers limiting the quantity and quality of water: climate change and land use change.

As part of the Water Science and Engineering Initiative, the University has initiated a selective PhD program through recruitment and award of four Water Fellowships.  We have also initiated a high-profile seminar series featuring outstanding researchers in water-related disciplines. The seminar series is integrated with a thematic joint seminar co-taught by two participating faculty from ES and CIE.  We are currently recruiting a new faculty member to support the Water Initiative:

Assistant Professor in Hydrogeology/Hydrology at Syracuse University

As part of an interdisciplinary water initiative, Syracuse University solicits applications for a tenure track joint faculty position in Earth Sciences (75%) and Civil & Environmental Engineering (25%) at the level of Assistant Professor. We seek applicants to expand our current interdisciplinary research program in water science and engineering and who apply quantitative methods to understand groundwater and surface water systems at a broad range of spatial and temporal scales. Research areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to: numerical modeling of complex systems including reactive flow and solute transport, hydrogeophysics, and the application of hydroinformatics to integrate observations and models. Candidates whose research expertise lends itself to interdisciplinary collaboration across Earth Sciences and Civil & Environmental Engineering and complement our existing strengths in field-based studies, surface water-groundwater interaction, environmental geochemistry, and watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry are encouraged to apply.

The new position will support the University’s Water Science & Engineering Initiative, which is an interdisciplinary program to strengthen research and graduate training related to water science and engineering across the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering & Computer Science at Syracuse (http://water.syr.edu). Syracuse has a nationally recognized legacy of scholarship advancing understanding of hydrologic systems and how they are impacted by earth processes and human activities. Successful candidates will develop a dynamic, internationally recognized and externally-funded research program and contribute to the instruction, research, and service efforts of the interdisciplinary water initiative, Earth Sciences, and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. To be considered, applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, copies of three relevant publications, and the names and contact information of three references. A Ph.D. in earth sciences, environmental engineering, or a related field is required. To apply, visit www.sujobopps.com.

Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.