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Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering

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Department: Civil, Environ & Geospatial Engrg
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering (CEGE) at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an assistant professor tenure-track faculty position in the area of geotechnical engineering. Applicants for the position are required to have a doctorate in civil engineering or a closely related discipline. Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in developing strong research and educational programs within CEGE, and in collaboration with other programs at the university and with industry. Priority research areas include but are not limited to, computational geotechnics, data-driven and AI modeling, soil-structure interactions, soil dynamics, natural hazards, and offshore geotechnics. Successful candidates will also be committed to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in civil engineering.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Teach required and elective undergraduate and graduate courses for the Civil Engineering program.
Develop and sustain an active externally funded research program in geotechnical engineering.
Publish research in peer-reviewed journals.
Mentor graduate and undergraduate students in their academic and research endeavors.
Contribute to the continuity and accreditation of the Civil Engineering program.
Participate in service activities at departmental, college, and university levels and externally.
Contribute to initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion within the department and university.
Integrate safety practices into daily activities and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a closely related field and a doctorate in civil engineering or a related engineering field

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Experience in academic research related to geotechnical engineering or a closely related field.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Previous experience in securing external research funding
Professional licensure, or ability to attain professional licensure, in civil engineering or a related field
Practical experience in civil engineering
Experience in teaching or instructional roles during postgraduate or doctoral studies

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Ability to conduct independent and collaborative research and publish in peer-reviewed journals
Effective communication skills
Ability to teach courses related to geotechnical engineering (e.g., Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering, or similar)

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Potential to develop robust, externally funded research programs
Ability to establish and maintain connections with industry professionals
Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration
Expertise in applying emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence or machine learning in geotechnical studies
Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.  This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

The ideal starting date is Fall 2024. For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by January 8, 2024; however, the position remains open until it is filled.  To apply, visit

Applicants will need to upload the following documents:
● Curriculum Vitae
● Cover Letter
● Research Statement
● Teaching Statement
● List of at least three referees.

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter and explain how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.

Additional Information

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering (CEGE) is one of the nine departments within the College of Engineering and offers four accredited majors: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geospatial Engineering, and Construction Management. Faculty, staff, and students in the CEGE department fully support the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

For more information about the department, see

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities.

The University’s Tech Forward initiatives focus on building research in autonomous and intelligent systems, data science, natural resources, water and energy, and sustainability and resilience. Michigan Tech also has a variety of research centers and institutes that promote interdisciplinary research, including the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, the Great Lakes Research Center, and the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has received three National Science Foundation awards to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. 

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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