Assistant Professor in Hydrologic Science

Virginia Tech | Posted Nov 16, 2023

Deadline: Jan 8, 2024

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The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech invites applicants for the position of assistant professor in hydrologic sciences. This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in research (45%) and teaching (45%) with a 10% administrative appointment in the Virginia Water Resources Research Center. The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center are committed to building an inclusive community through programs and activities that are integrated into their research, education, and outreach efforts. We welcome applications from persons identifying with groups underrepresented within the discipline, including but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, people of color, first-generation, and underrepresented genders.

The successful candidate will lead a vibrant, externally funded research program that is recognized for scientific excellence; mentor a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; and provide effective instruction. Course contributions may include seminar or capstone courses for the water resources degree program, a forest soil and watershed management course, and a graduate course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are necessary, and international engagement and recognition are encouraged and expected as the candidate’s career advances. The incumbent will be expected to serve on departmental, college, and university committees.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent at the time of appointment with a focus on hydrologic sciences or a closely related discipline with applications in natural resources.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of scholarship and peer-reviewed publications in water resources.
  • Demonstrated potential to acquire research funding adequate to support graduate students and an active, inclusive research program.
  • Demonstrated potential for effective and inclusive teaching and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community.

Application Materials

Applicants must apply online at and provide a:
1) resume/curriculum vitae;

2) cover letter expressing a statement of interest in the position (not to exceed one page);

3) list of names, titles, and complete contact information for three references;

4) statement of teaching and mentoring experiences and philosophy relevant to the position (not to exceed one page);

5) statement of research plans and vision for programmatic excellence (not to exceed one page); and

6) statement that describes how you would create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment in teaching, research, and within the broader university community (not to exceed one page).

Review Date

Review will begin on January 8, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Inquiries can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Brian Strahm (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

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