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Structural Engineer

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Job - Engineering

Close Date: 12/06/2019

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS) at Portland State University (PSU) invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Structural Engineering to begin September 2020. The position requires an earned doctorate in civil engineering or closely related field. While the target of hiring is at the assistant professor level, outstanding applicants may be considered at all levels (associate/full professor). A successful candidate will be required to develop an externally-sponsored research program aligned with the department’s strategic vision, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, develop new graduate courses in their area of expertise, and effectively serve the profession and university.
With a bold new strategic vision of “Bright Minds, Brilliant Cities”, MCECS is growing in many innovative ways. Honesty, integrity, and respect for others, as well as expanding opportunities for social mobility for our students, are key values of our vision (see The CEE departmental strategic vision includes research themes in prevention, planning, and management of extraordinary events; evaluation, development, and deployment of technologies that promote a better society; and creation and maintenance of healthy environments (see For this position, we seek candidates with a research focus in one or more of the following areas: theoretical structural mechanics of materials and/or systems, advanced computational modeling, cyber physical systems, data analysis, modeling and prognosis using sensor data, and/or innovative materials/structures for a sustainable infrastructure. Candidates who can effectively teach and mentor a diverse student body who also enhance the MCECS strategic research directions are especially encouraged to apply.
Portland State University (PSU) is the most diverse university in Oregon and has been ranked among the “most innovative” national universities by the U.S. News & World Report. Our urban research university is integrated into the heart of the city and is only minutes away from the outdoor beauties of the Pacific Northwest. We offer ABET-accredited B.S. degrees in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering and graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. Our 25 faculty members and researchers serve over 380 undergraduate and 80 graduate students. More information about the department is available at
Applications must be submitted PSU’s HR online system. Review of candidates will begin in early December 2019 (Dec. 6, 2019 ‘deadline’). Required documents for the application include: (a) Cover letter describing interest in the position, how the candidate’s research expertise links to both the department and college visions, how the candidate will strengthen the department teaching excellence, and examples of their commitment to diversity equity and inclusion; (b) names of three references; and (c) curriculum vitae. Following a review of all applications, the search committee will request from candidates selected for the next stage of interviews the following materials: (d) Statement of research philosophy and interests, (e) Statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and (f) Statement of philosophy and experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These items (d-f) will be limited to 1 page each.
Questions regarding the search can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Thomas Schumacher (

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