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Assistant / Associate Professor, Disaster Science

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer & Information Sciences, Full Time

University of Delaware

Assistant/Associate Professor Positions in Disaster Science


The University of Delaware (UD) ( invites applications from talented scholars pursuing interesting questions related to disasters, hazards, risk, and crisis. We are looking to fill multiple tenure-track/tenured positions in Disaster Science at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning September 1, 2020. This search is the second stage of an exciting two-year, university-wide, interdisciplinary cluster recruitment effort to expand research in disaster science, a major emphasis of the University. The first stage of the search resulted in the successful hire of three faculty members who focus on social perspectives of disasters. In this second stage, we seek exceptional engineering and computer science faculty with demonstrated interests in disasters, hazards, risk and crisis, and who would like to work on interdisciplinary teams with social and health scientists. In particular, we seek candidates who focus on crisis informatics and may find a home in the department of Computer and Information Science, as well as candidates who focus on topics related to risk, disasters, or hazards and may find a home in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Faculty members will have a primary tenure-track/tenured appointment in a department at the University of Delaware and join, as core faculty, the world-renowned Disaster Research Center (DRC) (, the world’s oldest center focused on the social science and management aspects of disaster. UD has several environment- and disaster-oriented programs and research streams in its various colleges, as well as new initiatives in data science and cybersecurity. DRC houses the flagship institution of the William A. Anderson Fund (BAF), an initiative devoted to increasing the participation of students from historically underrepresented populations in disaster science and practice.

We seek scholars who are committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement. Candidates should show experience in or potential for securing external funding and working on integrated interdisciplinary teams. Candidates should hold an earned Ph.D. or other relevant doctoral degrees at the time of appointment.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Position (

We will consider a broad range of disaster-related research foci, including, but by no means limited to, probabilistic methods for assessing risk and resilience of infrastructure, development of new engineering models to support decision-making in the disaster context, big data applications in disaster science and crisis response, interactions of humans with the built environment, and humanitarian logistics.

Computer Science/Crisis Informatics Position (

We will consider a broad range of disaster-related research foci, which could include such areas as social media or big data applications in disaster science and crisis response, while relevant research specialties could include human-computer interaction, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, social computing and online organizing, natural language processing, or analyzing information spread. 


Located in Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (highest research activity; and a Carnegie public engagement designation), with external funding exceeding $200 million. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 19,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students.

Our University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. UD is committed to attracting and retaining employees with different identities and backgrounds. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. UD is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant, focused on enhancing the climate of the university for women and underrepresented minority faculty.


Applicants should submit: (1) a current curriculum vitae; (2) a detailed cover letter summarizing their interest, qualifications, likely department(s) they wish to be considered for their tenure/tenure-track home, and a description of progress on the dissertation, if not yet complete; (3) a research statement; (4) a teaching statement; (5) contact information for three references (references will not be contacted prior to notifying the candidate). Candidates should ensure that their materials address the qualifications stated in the above, particularly their interest working on interdisciplinary teams. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. This institution is using Talent Link’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Those interested should apply through Please, direct questions, but not application materials, to Tricia Wachtendorf or James Kendra, Search Committee Co-Chairs ( or

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