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Va Tech - Faculty Position in Data Analytics for Innovation in the Circular Economy

  • 1.  Va Tech - Faculty Position in Data Analytics for Innovation in the Circular Economy

    Posted 02-04-2019 20:57
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    Full-time, Tenure-track Faculty Position in Data Analytics for Innovation in the Circular Economy

    Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

     The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech ( is seeking applicants for a faculty position in data analytics for innovation in the circular economy. This position can be filled at the assistant or associate professor level. This is a full-time, tenure-track position available August 2019.

     Position description

    The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at either assistant or associate professor level to lead efforts in renewable materials innovation that drive sustainable and circular economies of the future. Materials are the primary resource societies need to make the products we live in, work in, and use every day. Innovations in materials, products, and services that are designed to move from a linear "cradle to grave" economy to one that is more circular (cradle to cradle) are critical for sustainable economic development. Our ability to manage and control objects in the physical world electronically is growing exponentially and represents a tremendous opportunity in rethinking the way we innovate to unlock the circular economy potential. The aim of this position is to expand the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials' expertise in data-based decision making in the areas of sustainable business practices and operations, as well as in entrepreneurship and innovation commercialization. This is a regular nine-month appointment, with approximately 50 percent research and 50 percent teaching.

     Appointment to the rank of assistant or associate professor carries with it the duties of conducting research, seeking and maintaining external funding, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that expands expertise in emerging innovation opportunity areas for circular economies. Successful applicants will also be required to participate in program areas within Virginia Tech's transdisciplinary Data and Decisions community.

     Required Qualifications 

    • Ph.D. in any technical, engineering, decision science, or business-related discipline.
    • Demonstrated ability in the following areas:
      • Developing and sustaining a nationally recognized research program.
      • Teaching a minimum of two undergraduate courses and one graduate course.
      • Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
      • Contributing to an environment that nurtures collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and industry partners from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
    • Applicants for the associate professor rank are expected to be nationally recognized as a leader in their teaching, research, and service.

     Preferred Qualifications 

    • Specific expertise sought includes, but is not limited to, life-cycle assessment, systems dynamics, circular economies, industrial ecology, design thinking for sustainability, biomimicry, renewable biomaterials, renewable energy systems, sustainable bioengineering, big data, and the internet of things.
    • Also preferred is teaching and research experience that applies technologies such as geographic information systems, knowledge management, artificial intelligence, autonomous devices, and other emerging "big data" technologies applied to study materials innovation, use, movement, disposal, reuse, and recycling in today's rapidly changing global environment.

    Application Process 

    Candidates must apply online at

     Application materials should include the following information:

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Cover letter expressing a statement of interest in the position
    • Separate statements of research and teaching interests
    • Names, titles, and complete contact information for three references

     An official transcript for highest degree earned is required prior to the start of employment for the selected candidate.

     Questions and inquiries may be addressed to Dr. D. Earl Kline (, chair of the search committee.

     Application review will begin January 21, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is no later than August 10, 2019.

    Cliff Ragsdale
    Bank of America Professor
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg VA