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Duke University is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from harassment and prohibited discrimination. The university prohibits discrimination and harassment in the administration of both its employment and educational policies. Equal employment and educational opportunities are provided without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Duke University also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Open Positions

For more information or to apply for any position in the Pratt School of Engineering, visit the Duke HR job search site.

Tenure-Track Positions

Engineering in the Critical Zone (CZ)

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University invite applicants for a tenure-track faculty position. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Duke currently includes a diverse faculty of 20 tenured or tenure-track faculty members with primary appointments in CEE. Civil and Environmental programs at Duke are highly ranked, most notably with Environmental Science and Engineering ranking #11 in the world (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2016). 

We anticipate hiring at the Assistant Professor level, although truly exceptional candidates may be suitable at the level of Associate or Full Professor. Applicants whose work bridges several research areas and who envision cross-departmental collaborations are particularly encouraged to apply.

Theoretical and applied aspects of engineering the Critical Zone (CZ) is one such collaborative area of particular interest. The CZ is defined by the National Research Council as the surface zone of the Earth extending from the outer limits of vegetation down to soil and groundwater masses, within which all forms of life are supported, food is produced, and critical infrastructure is engineered. Examples of specific topics of interest include: engineered systems for grid and life-line underground and surface infrastructure; urban underground engineering, particularly as related to its adaptation to climate change and resulting developments in design and operation at the energy-water-climate nexus; coupled-processes (physico-chemical) in geo-mechanics with application to energy production, energy storage, waste storage/disposal (including CO2 and nuclear wastes), and environmental protection; extraction and management of energy, water, and mineral resources; new or emerging materials with application to infrastructure and renewable energy and water resources; environmental transport phenomena and groundwater transport; multiphase, bio- and geo-interface flows coupled with soil mechanics.

Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree in: civil, environmental, mining or mechanical engineering, applied chemistry, systems analysis, or similarly pertinent disciplines. Once hired, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to obtain competitive external funding, to establish a vibrant research program, and to contribute through service to the welfare of the department and to the promotion of their discipline. We seek faculty members committed to building a diverse and inclusive community that fosters excellence in research and teaching. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter (email, address, and phone number must be included) describing their interests and qualifications and a curriculum vitae along with the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contacts of five references electronically through Academic Jobs Online:

Applications received before November 15, 2016, will receive full consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. We expect to hire for the Fall 2017 semester. Questions regarding this search should be directed to Professor Tomasz Hueckel (, search committee chair. 

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Modeling of Coupled Human and Natural Systems

Job Description:

A post-doctoral research position is available at Duke University for a candidate with expertise in modeling the interactions between human and natural systems. Specific research application areas include climate and land use change, forest management, water quality, air quality, and watershed ecosystem services. The successful candidate would be funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program and from the Bridge Collaborative, a new partnership between Duke, The Nature Conservancy, PATH, and The International Food and Policy Research Institute. This is a minimum two-year appointment that includes a competitive salary and benefits. The start date is flexible, but ideally by January 2017.

Candidates should have:

  • A PhD in engineering, environmental science, environmental or natural resource economics, ecological economics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on cross-disciplinary projects.
  • Evidence of past research productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of environmental modeling and ecosystem service valuation.

Candidates with training and interest in statistics, risk assessment, decision theory and environmental modeling of complex systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Mark Borsuk (

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employee opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Meteorology, Fluid Mechanics and Other Areas

We seek a broadly trained individual with interdisciplinary background and research experience in one or more of the following areas:  Hydrometeorology, Mountain Meteorology,  Remote sensing of the Atmosphere, Cloud and Precipitation Processes including Microphysics, Land-Atmosphere Interactions, and Computational Fluid Mechanics.   Field or lab work experience and, or expertise with understanding and using community models such as WRF are especially welcome.  Please send a vita, statement of research interests, graduate transcripts, and the names and addresses of three references to:  Dr. Ana P. Barros,