Open Faculty Position: Assistant Professor of Sustainable Buildings, The Ohio State University

Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering

Applications are invited for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of Sustainable Buildings with a primary appointment in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and a joint appointment in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.  This position is among many substantial investments in faculty positions and research related to sustainability and resilience by the university to establish Ohio State as a global leader in these areas.

The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative interdisciplinary community of scholars in the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program including faculty from Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Public Health and Policy.  The SRE program seeks to advance sustainability science by developing a more holistic understanding of sustainable and resilient production and consumption systems, human-environment interactions, and innovations in sustainable technologies and governance. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally-recognized, externally funded research program; publish in high quality journals; participate in collaborative teams and interdisciplinary research on sustainability and resilience topics; contribute effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the host departments; supervise and mentor graduate students; and provide professional and university service. This is a full-time (9-month) tenure-track position, beginning in August 2017.

An earned doctorate degree (or equivalent) in civil engineering, construction engineering or management, architectural engineering, or closely related field is required prior to the August 2017 start date; at least one engineering degree at either the baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate level; an established record of research commensurate with prior training and specialization in building systems, building science, building performance analytics, building information modeling (BIM), life cycle assessments, intelligent construction techniques, changing climatic effects on the built environment, building health, human factors or policy implications, or other relevant topics as they pertain to sustainable or ‘green’ buildings; evidence of potential for developing a nationally-recognized research program; demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching in the host departments, including courses in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Systems Management, and an ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students in large and small audiences.

Post-doctoral or industry experience; demonstrated experience collaborating on multi-disciplinary initiatives, including with engineer team members; a demonstrated ability to teach at the undergraduate level, and experience working with diverse populations.

This position is partially funded by Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. Additional information about the Discovery Themes Initiative and SRE, in particular, is available at

The Ohio State University, a land-grant university, is ranked 20th among US universities in total research expenditures. It is fourth in the nation among all universities in industry-funded research expenditures. OSU is located in Columbus, which is the 15th largest city in the country with a metropolitan population of 1.9 million. Columbus offers a high quality of life, with affordable housing in vibrant neighborhoods, quality public schools, and economic prosperity  It is a city that celebrates diversity and is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the country for African-Americans, members of the LGBT community, and families. Columbus was named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year by The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), the New York-based think tank.


Application Process:

Applicants should collate a single bookmarked PDF file that contains, in this order: (i) a cover letter; (ii) a statement of future research directions, including contributions to the previously listed specializations and potential for collaborations; (iii) a statement of relationship between proposed research and Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme, including potential future collaborations; (iv) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; (v) CV; (vi) a list of three references, including names, affiliations and full contact information with email, and (vii) up to three research papers, published, under review, or in preparation for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The file should be named: GB_CANDIDATE LAST NAME_FIRST NAME.pdf.

Application files (and inquiries) should be submitted to: .

Review of applications will begin on Nov. 7, 2016 and continue until the position has been filled.


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF ADVANCE Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

The Ohio State University is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


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Karen Dannemiller

Karen Dannemiller is an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University with a joint position between Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering and Environmental Health Sciences. Her research interests include fungi in the indoor environment and associations between microbial exposures and childhood asthma.