Job Announcements

Three Open-rank Faculty Positions in Human- and Socio-technical Systems

School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia


The Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Systems and Information Engineering are forming a new academic department at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) with the mission of being world leaders in responding to some of society's most pressing challenges. To achieve this vision, we are implementing a strategic multi-year cluster hire.  Candidates for these tenured or tenure-track positions with expertise in the following research areas are our highest priority.

  • Environmental Data Science: novel data science and big data approaches applied to critical problems in global water systems, climate change, public health engineering, environmental sustainability and resilience, and/or the water-energy nexus; large, distributed environmental data collection and analysis; satellite remote sensing; and climate engineering. 
  • Integrated Infrastructure, Large-Scale Systems, and Decision Support: holistic civil infrastructure systems modeling and management; risk assessment and analysis; novel remote sensing methods; systems analysis and control to assure performance in the face of physical and cyber attacks; broadly, all means of understanding the underlying physical processes, tying them to human needs, and using these three categories to guide decisions for support of these systems.
  • Human-Automation Collaboration: modeling and simulation to represent human performance, cognition and behavior in the design and evaluation of systems comprising human/automation interactions. We are interested in applications in all areas of large-scale systems to include health care, security, intelligent engineering infrastructure (e.g. “smart cities”), transportation, water quality and quantity delivery, and industrial process control.
  • Integrative Data Engineering: active health monitoring and control; sensor management and control; infrastructure health monitoring; human and public health; situational awareness of large scale systems possibly across networks of connected objects and devices; predictive and prescriptive analysis at scale and in real-time, design for acquisition, analysis, and sense-making of data.

We seek thought leaders with deep disciplinary strength, but also a demonstrable interest in working in the interdisciplinary environment of human- and socio-technical systems.  Research programs in the above target areas may interface with a range of unique strengths at UVA, including the Data Science Institute, the newly-formed Environmental Resilience Institute, the new Institute for Infectious Diseases, Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV), SEAS Cyber-Physical Systems initiative, the Curry-SEAS Simulation Initiative, the Medical Simulation Center, the Diabetes Center, the Cognitive Science Program, the Department of Environmental Sciences, the Center for Global Health, and the School of Architecture.

Candidates must have a PhD by the time of appointment and be able to support the teaching mission of the new department, which will offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in civil engineering and in systems engineering.  Candidates must have a record of excellence in research, as appropriate for the candidate's rank, and a commitment to teaching excellence. Appointment with tenure requires documented excellence in research and teaching, and an emerging national reputation. Preference will be given to candidates who would flourish in and support a collaborative, diverse community and who would complement or expand the strengths of the department's current faculty.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs @UVA (; search posting number 0622027. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, research statement, and names and contact information for at least three references. Questions about this position can be directed to Search Committee Chair Teresa Culver at

Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled.

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university’s research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences.