Job Details

Water Management
Assistant Professor, Tenure-track Faculty Appointment

Nature of Position: This position is an 11-month,tenure-track appointment in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), with Research (60%) and Extension (40%) responsibilities in rural and urban hydrology and water management and is expected to begin on or before June 30th, 2023.

The faculty member will be expected to develop and sustain a nationally recognized, externally funded, and responsive Extension and applied research program working at the interface of rural and urban water systems, designing control measures for sustainable water management, including transport, treatment, and use. Areas of research may include runoff, surface and groundwater flow, climate adaptation (e.g. flood mitigation, drought management) that supports agriculture and food operations as well as urban agriculture ventures and urban development initiatives. Other areas of research emphasis can include ecological restoration and protection (e.g. wildlife habitats).


This faculty member will provide education, training, and support for state, area, and county educators, and relevant stakeholders. Technology transfer and dissemination will be pertinent to defining a high impact Extension program to address water security challenges in rural and urban communities. Scholarship through traditional and progressive outreach methods, external grants/contracts, peer-reviewed publications, and other forms of scholarly effort is expected.
The incumbent will work closely with other Extension specialists and educators, municipalities, agri-business professionals, and industry and community stakeholders. It is anticipated that this position will intersect with structural hydrology, ecology, and biogeochemistry, and focus on interdisciplinary approaches to water resource systems to provide innovative solutions that meet water needs in rural, forestry, and urban environments.


This position is in the BAE department and affiliated with the OK Water Resources Center to provide research, training and technological assistance to Oklahoma constituents and other stakeholders. Close collaboration is also expected with faculty in BAE and other departments in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology, partners in the Oklahoma Mesonet, municipalities, and state and federal agencies. Collaboration with Extension professionals in the state and region is expected.


Qualifications: Required: Earned PhD degree in Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated ability to attract external funding, publish peer- reviewed materials, and provide instruction to a wide variety of audiences. Candidates must be proficient in English, possessing effective verbal, written, and multimedia communication skills. Willingness to travel and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on interdisciplinary teams.

Preferred: Previous Extension experience. Current, or the ability to obtain, Professional Engineering registration.

Conditions: Full-time, 11-month, tenure-track appointment at the title of Assistant Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. This position is contingent on the availability of funding.


Application Process: Application packets should contain the following documents: a cover letter (2-page max), current CV, statement of research interests (2-page max), Extension program vision (2-page max), collegiate transcripts, and a list of at least four professional references with contact information. To view the full job ad and apply, applications must be submitted online at: https://jobs.okstate.edu and search for req12671. To learn more about the department visit: bae.okstate.edu.


Inquiries or questions only regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Mari Chinn, Professor and Head (mari.chinn@okstate.edu) or Dr. Randy Taylor, Search Committee Chair, (randy.taylor@okstate.edu) at (405) 744-5431.


Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin December1st, 2022; and accepted until position is filled.


Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.