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Job Description

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Virginia Tech

invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Geotechnical Engineering effective January

2020. The position is anticipated to be filled at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, but

exceptional candidates will be given consideration for the Full Professor rank. A Ph.D. degree in Civil

Engineering or a closely aligned field is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE), or

completion of the FE examination with plans to pursue PE registration, and professional experience are

desirable but not required. Evidence of scholarship, research, and a record of external funding is required

for consideration of appointment at the Associate and Full Professor levels.

The successful candidate will contribute to the Department’s Geotechnical Engineering Program,

including enthusiastic pursuit of collaborative and transdisciplinary research opportunities. Candidates

should demonstrate a strong commitment to scholarly work, sponsored research, undergraduate

instruction, and specialized graduate education. The CEE Department includes 59 faculty members, and

approximately 350 full-time graduate students and 625 undergraduate students. The Via Endowment

allows the Department to offer a significant number of scholarships and fellowships to highly qualified

students. The Geotechnical Program operates state-of-the-art geotechnical research facilities, including

the W.C. English Geotechnical Laboratory, field test sites, full-scale test facilities, and both on-shore and

off-shore site characterization equipment.

Outstanding candidates with a strong background in the fundamentals of geotechnical engineering are

encouraged to apply. Focus areas of this search include foundation engineering, dams and levees,

advanced shear strength, seepage barriers, soil-structure interaction, soil improvement, transportation

geotechnics, coastal protection, geotechnical monitoring, reinforced soil systems, underground

construction, laboratory and in-situ site characterization, and risk, reliability and resilience in geotechnical

engineering. Candidates with interests in other growth areas of geotechnical engineering are also

encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue opportunities to participate in

the geotechnical components of multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary 21st-century global challenges,

such as intelligent infrastructure, and economical and sustainable materials. In addition, the successful

applicant is expected to develop a portfolio of external funding from governmental agencies and private

industry, as well as to contribute to the growth and mission of Virginia Tech’s Center for Geotechnical

Practice and Research. The candidate should be able to contribute to the instructional mission of the

program, including teaching practice-oriented courses.

Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation

Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.

The CEE Department strongly supports the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. Information about

the CEE Department is available at

Applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for three professional references, a candidate

statement discussing teaching, research, and professional goals, and a current CV. Those wishing further

information about the search process may contact Dr. Russell Green, Faculty Search Committee Chair,

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 200 Patton Hall, Virginia

Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0105 or at Review of applications will begin March 1,


Applicants are required to apply online at and should use posting number TR0180203.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color,

disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information,

national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise

discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation

or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department

or contact University ADA Services with any questions.