Rice University: Brown School of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering



Houston, TX

Open Date

Sep 17, 2021




On Novel Materials for Future Infrastructure Systems and the Constructed Environment


The Rice University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in the area of innovative materials for future built environments and engineered systems. Applicants will find a vibrant research and teaching community eager to transform materials research into societal benefits through bold initiatives, including the Welch Institute for Advanced Materials, Rice’s Quantum Initiative, the ERC on Nanotechnology‐Enabled Water treatment (NEWT), Rice’s Data Science Initiative, the Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and the SSPEED center on storms, impacts and their mitigation.

To exploit these opportunities, we seek candidates with deep foundational expertise in new multi‐ functional, multi‐scale, and coupled‐physics materials for infrastructure systems, and an interest in research across disciplines that develops models or uses materials for the re‐invention of urban and rural constructed environments at risk. Areas of interest include: (1) Theoretical and AI‐assisted discovery of materials with new or improved capabilities in morphology, constructability, durability, sensing, responsiveness and adaptation; (2) Design and experimental/computational verification of materials with self‐healing abilities, superior strength and toughness, bio‐inspired functions, and optimal topologies constrained by combinatorial, economic, environmental, and social equity implications; (3) Atomistic quantum‐mechanical modeling, molecular dynamics, and continuum theories of materials, from nano‐ to macro‐scales; (4) Physics‐guided and explainable AI for modeling and design of construction materials experiencing uncertain demands, fatigue, fracture, radiation, and resilience loss.


Expectations: Successful candidates are expected to establish a rigorous, externally funded research program, have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, develop core undergraduate and graduate courses within their area of expertise, collaborate with faculty in diverse disciplines, and be involved in service to the university and the broader scientific community. Furthermore, the successful candidate will advise/mentor undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


More About Rice University: Located in Houston Texas, it is a spirited campus with research centers, institutes and interdisciplinary initiatives providing resources and collaboration opportunities to candidates. The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs (US News & World Report) and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment. Rice also seeks to increase representation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines in which they have been underrepresented. In addition, Rice wants to attract international students from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought, and support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding.


All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or a related field conferred by July 1, 2022.

Application Instructions

Applications must include a cover letter that summarizes qualifications for this position; a CV; statements of research, teaching interests, and service, as well as a statement on how applicants would contribute to a diverse and inclusive learning community at Rice through teaching, research, and service; and the names and contact information of three references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Rice University Standard of Civility Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.