Careers at Virginia Tech

Collegiate Assistant Professor, Industrial Ecology

Apply now Back to search results Job no: 524311
Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Natural Resources
Department: Sustainable Biomaterials
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Natural Resources

Job Description

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech invites applications for a Collegiate Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology. This position is a long-term full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track position with a renewable three-year contract and the opportunity for promotion (for more information on the Collegiate Professor ranks, see The candidate will advance the instructional mission of the department by teaching courses, engaging in curricular development and course transformations, adopting innovative and inclusive pedagogical practices, and enhancing undergraduate research and/or outreach opportunities.

We seek a dynamic candidate with expertise in the field of industrial ecology, including the methods, tools, and software used to analyze the flows of materials within the industrial ecosystem (e.g., material flow assessment, or MFA), and the development, use, and application of analytical tools to assess the environmental characteristics and impacts associated with products, processes, the service industry, and urban infrastructures (e.g., life cycle assessment or LCA, cumulative energy demand or CED, and input-output analysis). The candidate will have a strong background in the theory and practice of industrial ecology, and the framework for the study of the interactions of the modern technological society with the environment. This position will teach the following topic areas to enhance student competency in relevant, nascent, and emerging expectations of sustainability education: thinking in systems, introduction to industrial ecology, sustainability performance and assessments, sustainability performance indicators, and sustainable design strategies focusing on design under constraint.

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning and research environment that embraces all students, faculty, and staff. We welcome applications from persons identifying with groups underrepresented within our discipline, including but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, people of color, first generation, and underrepresented genders.

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials is committed to creating an inclusive environment that promotes the success of a diverse student body and is actively engaged in efforts to build inclusive educational practices within the curriculum. The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials is also an active participant in Virginia Tech’s cross-campus, multi-year Inclusive Excellence grant program, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (see more at:

Accordingly, candidates with experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The position responsibilities also include a scholarly component, which may involve scholarship of teaching and learning and/or sustainability science related research by undergraduates. The candidate will be expected to serve on departmental, college, or university committees as a contributing member of the department and the broader university community.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Industrial Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Systems, or another similar discipline.
Experience teaching sustainability science or related content at the undergraduate level
Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

Experience teaching sustainability science or related courses using diverse teaching platforms (laboratory, hands-on learning).
Experience utilizing and/or practicing common industrial ecology methodologies such as LCA and/or MFA.
Familiarity with contemporary practices in higher education pedagogy (e.g., active learning, project-based learning, flipped learning, enhancing inclusivity).
Experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students.
Demonstrated record of teaching, advising and/or mentoring to specifically address the needs of students from under-represented communities, including racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, immigrants, and those that identify as LGBTQ+ .

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Review Date

February 22, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Application Process

Application materials should include the following five items:

  1. a cover letter (1-page maximum)
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. names and contact information for three references
  4. a Teaching Statement (two pages max) that describes: your teaching experience/history including evaluations or other metrics, pedagogical approaches used; your philosophies about learning and how that is reflected in your teaching; how student learning and/or teaching effectiveness were assessed; and future ideas or plans for inclusive pedagogical experimentation or innovation
  5. a Diversity Statement (two pages max) that describes: your experience engaging with students of diverse backgrounds (e.g., students from underrepresented historically marginalized groups, first-generation college students, etc.) and/or fostering diverse perspectives; what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and how that is incorporated in your teaching, research and/or service; and how you would approach creating an inclusive environment in the classroom, laboratory and/or broader university community.

All application materials must be submitted electronically, using the online system at, referring to posting No. 524311. Review of the candidates will begin on February 22, 2023, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. University transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) may be requested after initial review of applications. 

More information about the department can be found at: Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Kline, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech, 230C Cheatham Hall (0321), 310 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Phone: 540-231-8841 or email:

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Patricia Colley at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend