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Santa Clara University
  • Position Number: 4915930
  • Location: Santa Clara, CA
  • Position Type: Engineering - Civil and Environmental

Assistant Professor in Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

Position Type:
Assistant Professor in Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

Position Type:

Salary Range:

$109,080 - $121,131 Based on experience, education, and expertise.


The Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering Department at Santa Clara University (SCU), a Jesuit Catholic University located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, seeks a tenure-track faculty member in the area of sustainable infrastructure materials at the assistant professor level to begin in Fall 2024. SCU embraces a teaching-scholar model for its full-time faculty and as a result there is an emphasis on both exceptional teaching and strong research.
We welcome candidates whose experiences and background have prepared them to contribute to our mission to educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion, and cultivate knowledge to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world. In addition, we encourage applications from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our community, including women and underrepresented minorities.


We seek an enthusiastic educator with research expertise in the development, processing, testing, and implementation of green, sustainable, and smart infrastructure materials who can connect their research and teaching to the broad challenges of building infrastructure to serve humanity through the 21st century and beyond. This is in line with the new challenges highlighted by the American Society of Civil Engineers that address significant changes in resource availability and environmental conditions under which infrastructure systems are expected to operate. We strive to educate students who can design and implement infrastructure components (e.g., high performance buildings, efficient transportation and energy systems, etc.) of the built environment to minimize adverse impacts of the environment and be resilient to changes.
The successful candidate will have an enthusiasm for teaching and a commitment to taking advantage of SCU's many resources for improving teaching. Specific classes to be taught include lecture and lab courses in civil engineering materials at the undergraduate level, as well as courses in their areas of expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidate may be asked to teach undergraduate mechanics and graphical communication courses depending on departmental needs. In addition, the candidate will be expected to develop an active and independent research program, and involve undergraduate and graduate students in their research. All faculty are expected to engage in the Department, University, professional, and/or community service.

Additional Information:

SCU and the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering Department are committed to social justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion of all people. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service aspirations align with our commitment to these ideals; whose experiences will enrich the department, School, University, and society; and who will serve as a strong role model and advocate for a diverse student population.
SCU has a strong commitment to environmental justice and humanitarian engineering, including the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Frugal Innovation Hub, and the Environmental Justice and the Common Good initiative, which offer opportunities for engagement with the local communities and global partners. The School of Engineering and many science departments are collocated in the 300,000 square foot Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation (SCDI) that houses classrooms, laboratories, and learning spaces that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration. SCU faculty often work with other researchers at neighboring educational institutions, governmental laboratories and agencies, non-profit institutions, and private companies.

An earned Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or equivalent by the time of employment.
A passion for excellence in teaching and curriculum development at undergraduate and graduate levels.
A vigorous commitment to development of a productive and independent research program.
An enthusiastic commitment to contributing to an academic culture that is inclusive of a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.
Expressed desire to engage the broader community on and outside campus.
Experience in undergraduate instruction and curriculum development.
Life experiences that demonstrate a commitment to supporting diversity.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants shall submit the following materials:
1. A curriculum vitae
2. Graduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this time)
3. A research plan including how mentoring students in research will be promoted
4. A statement discussing teaching philosophy, experience, and professional development
5. An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement that describes your past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion in engineering or other areas
6. Contact information for three references
7. Sample syllabi and teaching evaluations for relevant courses taught, if available

Work Authorization:
A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

Open Date:
Start date is anticipated to be September 1, 2024.

Close Date:
Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and continue until a suitable applicant is found; priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2023.

COVID-19 Statement

The health and safety of the university community is a top priority. All Santa Clara University students, and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a medical or religious exemption. Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for additional information.

Work Authorization:

A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University's equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Aaron Zisser, Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, , Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

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Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at

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