Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
February 20, 2014
**Updated contact information**

Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering

Search Number     14-262
Start Date August 15, 2014
Appointment This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track academic year appointment.

Commensurate with experience, education and qualifications.

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Department of Civil Engineering (CE) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Engineering. CE offers BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering and an MS degree in Environmental Engineering which is jointly sponsored with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE). The College of Engineering (COE) offers a PhD degree in Engineering with an Environmental Engineering option. Research opportunities within the Environmental Engineering program are enhanced by ties with the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) within the College of Engineering at MSU. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate in current CBE thrust areas related to Environmental Engineering.

The faculty position to be filled is a full-time tenure track appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching, research and service/outreach. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the CE program and utilize synergistic opportunities with the ChBE and CBE programs. Duties will include teaching courses consistent with the applicant’s background, developing a nationally recognized research program with extramural funding, and participating in professional/service activities. Candidates considered at the Associate Professor level will be expected to assume an immediate leadership role and foster growth in the Environmental Engineering graduate and undergraduate programs. Montana State University and the COE in particular value diverse perspectives and are committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment.

Duties and

  • Instruction and advising of undergraduate students in the Civil/Environmental Engineering curriculum and graduate students in Environmental Engineering;
  • Participation, promotion and further development of the Environmental Engineering undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Development of a nationally-recognized, externally-funded research program;
  • Production of scholarly works and;
  • Participation in professional/service/outreach activities.

1.   PhD in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering or closely related field;
2.   Evidence of excellent communication skills;
3.   Ability to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate teaching missions of the department;
4.   Ability to develop an externally funded research program including evidence of scholarly achievements;
5.   For appointment at the Associate level, demonstrated prior performance commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor.
1.   Academic and/or professional experience;
2.   Ability to become registered as a Professional Engineer within five years from date of employment;
3.   Research experience in environmental engineering topics that include microbial and chemical processes in water supply and wastewater systems, sustainable energy, environmental biotechnology, or other emerging environmental issues;
4.   Experience with or demonstrated ability to assume a leadership role in Environmental Engineering undergraduate and graduate program development;
5.   Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.

Since increasing the diversity of the engineering profession is a strategic priority for the MSU College of Engineering, women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Work effectively with diverse populations;
  • Provide appropriate mentorship to students;
  • Build innovative teaching, research and outreach programs;
  • Balance independent and team-oriented work;
  • Assume increasing responsibility for organizational and program activities, and;
  • Be skilled at prioritizing, organizing, and working on multiple projects.

    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Screening of applications will begin on March 31, 2014, and applications will continue to be accepted until April 15, 2014.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
    • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
    • (3) a statement of teaching and research interests (max. 1 page each), and
    • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

      An application packet addressing all of the above requirements and qualifications as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-262" in the subject line of the email.

      • Submit materials to:

      • Annaliesa Fry
      • Search Committee Coordinator
      • Department of Civil Engineering
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 173900
      • Bozeman MT 59717-3900
      • (406)994-2211

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

    Posted (2/17/14 ses)