Assistant Professor in Hydrology & Water Sustainability

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) seeks to expand its expertise related to hydrology and water sustainability and invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor pending budgetary approval.  Given the recent, profound shifts in water balance and those anticipated in the near future, the Department seeks to develop capacity to understand these issues of regional, national and global importance.  We are seeking a geoscientist with expertise in characterizing hydrologic changes (e.g., climatic or human driven shifts) and developing adaptation strategies allowing society to sustainably adjust to these shifts.  Our goal is to hire a colleague who uses a combination of field measurements and observations, modeling and/or remote sensing to better understand water-climate-human interactions.  Specific areas of interest could include, but are not limited to: catchment, surface water, or groundwater hydrology; land-atmosphere interactions; soil hydrology; the interacting roles of climate variability and land use change on hydrologic processes; or physical models of ecohydrologic and hydropedologic processes from the plot to the global scale.

The successful candidate will complement existing research clusters and establish an externally-funded, internationally recognized research program that complements existing strengths in the Department.  The Department hosts the Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach (, a group developing research capacity to strategically interact with communities to address complex regional water challenges.  In addition, the University-funded Climate and Global Change Center ( provides strong opportunities for cutting edge, interdisciplinary climate-water science. Teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate's area of expertise.

Review of applicants will begin on October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  The minimum requirements are: (1) A PhD in geology, hydrology, environmental science or related fields, (2) Demonstrated ability to publish in respected peer-review journals, (3) Evidence of strong research skills and commitment to quality education. The position is scheduled to begin in Fall 2020, subject to budgetary approval.  Please apply online to: Applications should include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a CV; 3) a statement of research interests; 4) a teaching statement; 5) a personal statement demonstrating your commitment to diversity and inclusion in your research, teaching, and service; 6) names and contact information of four references; 7) copies of three relevant publications; For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery. Please direct questions to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Daniel Bain,, 412-624-8766. 

The University of Pittsburgh is the fifth largest recipient of federally sponsored research funding among U.S. universities, has world-class laboratory facilities, and has $900 million in annual research and development expenditures.  Located in an urban setting, the University campus offers easy access to potential research, teaching and outreach venues including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center, the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, several urban watersheds, and proximity to long-term experimental catchments (Fernow, West Virginia).  Pittsburgh was recently named “American’s Most Livable City” by the Places Rated Almanac, boasts a low cost of living, a stunning cityscape, and is home to a number of world-class museums and a thriving arts and food scene. The city is also located within a short drive of the Great Lakes and the rolling hills and forests of the Laurel Highlands and Allegheny Mountains.

University of Pittsburgh faculty receive a comprehensive package of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; retirement savings/pension plans; and tuition scholarships for dependents. Details are available at:

Women, members of minority groups under-represented in academia, veterans, and disabled are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.