SIGNATURE AREA:
ADVANCED MATERIALS FOR
SUSTAINABLE infrastructure

A PDF version of the ad can be downloaded here:  Advanced Materials


Missouri University of Science and Technology is seeking highly qualified, motivated faculty members in the interdisciplinary signature area of Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure.  As part of a focused hiring campaign in this signature area, Missouri S&T invites applications for full-time, tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant and associate professor levels; however, outstanding applicants at the full professor level may be considered. The priority hiring areas for this cluster hire are:

Advanced Polymer Materials for Construction of Civil Infrastructure — Areas of interest include synthesis, development and characterization of polymers, particularly those used for regulating the rheology and optimizing mechanical properties and durability of traditional and novel construction material systems. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise in development and deployment of polymer admixtures to regulate fresh and hardened properties of construction materials.

Modeling and Design of Construction Materials for Infrastructure Applications — Areas of interest include development and use of advanced computational tools (e.g. atomic- or molecular-scale and higher length scale computational models) to elucidate fundamental relationships between composition, structure, and macroscopic properties of construction materials and reinforcement. Properties of interest include, but are not limited to, reaction behavior, rheological and flow properties, mechanical properties, and long-term durability of construction materials.  

Construction Automation and Robotics – Areas of interest include all aspects of robotics as applied to civil construction automation from pre-fabrication of components to on-site assembly to repair and maintenance, real-time monitoring of construction processes, and automated inspection of constructed facilities.

Depending on the area of focus, candidates are expected to have a strong background in a number of the following areas:  cement-admixture interaction, polymer chemistry, physical chemistry, automation in construction operations including inspection, multi-scale constitutive modeling of civil infrastructure systems, construction automation, and robotics.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer or materials science, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or a closely related discipline, with research experience in the particular cluster area discipline.  The successful candidate is expected to collaborate on interdisciplinary research with colleagues from science, engineering, and social science departments through the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies (http://cies.mst.edu) and to develop and sustain a strong externally funded research program. Candidates should have excellent communication skills and a commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels. The appointment is anticipated to begin in fall 2018.

The Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure signature area plays a critical role in improving the resilience and service life of the nation’s existing transportation, nuclear, and utility infrastructure in an environmentally sustainable manner. Additional information regarding this signature area is available at: signature.mst.edu.

Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2018, and applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.  All application materials must be electronically submitted to the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Human Resource Office at: hr.mst.edu/careers/signature/advancedmaterials. Acceptable electronic formats that can be used include PDF and Word.

About Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T is one of the nation’s leading research universities. Located about 100 miles west of St. Louis in the community of Rolla, Missouri S&T is an accessible, safe and friendly campus surrounded by Ozarks scenery. Missouri S&T offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, liberal arts, humanities and business, with master’s and Ph.D. programs available in many of the science and engineering programs and master’s degrees in biological sciences, business administration and technical communication. With nearly 9,000 students enrolled online and on campus, Missouri S&T is big enough to accommodate a diverse population but small enough for individuals to stand out.

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Much of America's infrastructure will need new methods of construction by 2050. Missouri S&T's interdisciplinary researchers are helping create the composites, chemicals and concrete needed for this growth.