Assistant Professor in Sustainable Bioresource Engineering

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Environmental and Forest Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor in Sustainable Bioresource Engineering

Position Details

Position Description

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington, invites applications for one full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor (100% FTE, 9-month appointments) working in the area of Sustainable Bioresource Engineering. The position is anticipated to start in September 2024, negotiable within reasonable bounds. We aim to add to a diverse and inclusive faculty within SEFS whose research, teaching, and service enable them to contribute to our commitment to the engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences in higher education, particularly in the areas of bioresource engineering and climate change.

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences seeks a faculty member in bioresource engineering to contribute to our vision of inspiring and providing equitable solutions to pressing sustainability challenges. Postivie factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, successful research emphasizing green manufacturing and innovation for a circular economy. This position will be expected to support the school's commitment to research and teaching excellence in chemical, materials, or environmental engineering and their intersections with environmental sustainability and bio-resources.  The successful candidate will be expected to share our commitment to working actively to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in SEFS and in the professions within which we work.


All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Selected scholars will be expected to establish and maintain an active agenda of scholarly pursuits, including externally supported research and creative and professionally-associated practice. The candidate will be expected to teach core engineering courses in the ABET-accredited Bioresource Science and Engineering undergraduate curriculum, including material and energy balances, transport phenomena, process control, and process design.

The successful candidate will develop and maintain a vigorous research program in bioresource engineering, secure extramural funding, direct research activities, and mentor PhD and MS students in engineering for sustainability appropriate to their disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary collaborations. This position will be expected to advise and teach a diverse student body with respect to socioeconomic status, culture, academic interests, and career paths, and to work collaboratively and across disciplines. 

This position will work on creative and adaptive solutions to the multi-dimensional challenges of developing a sustainable bioeconomy through collaborative and convergent research, teaching, and service in alignment with the SEFS mission and vision.


Salary Range is $94,500 - $112,500 (per the 9-month appointment). Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a moving allowance, a relocation incentive, and/or limited commitment of summer salary in the first year.

About the University:

The UW (Seattle campus) is one of the world's premier research universities and an undergraduate and graduate education leader. In a stimulating and collegial intellectual environment, UW offers rigorous academic programs, outstanding faculty, and diverse cultural and social opportunities. The College of the Environment, including its six Schools and Departments and multiple programs, institutes, and centers, connects educators, researchers, students, and the public, cultivating communities who work with and learn from each other while tackling critical environmental and social challenges. The hired candidate will join the SEFS community dedicated to improving socio-environmental systems' long-term sustainability and resilience through cutting-edge research, vision, teaching, and inclusive engagement. SEFS serves over 500 undergraduates and over 100 graduate students in our degree programs. 

 The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in SEFS' ABET-accredited undergraduate program in Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE). The BSE program provides education to support a robust and sustainable bioeconomy. Faculty who teach in the program also conduct cutting-edge research and outreach activities that span everything from growing biomass for both water treatment and biorefinery feedstock to nano cellulose-based sensors and outreach with rural communities and tribes to develop their bioeconomy capacities. Colleagues in SEFS provide access to collaborators with expertise in economics, ecology, geospatial sciences, and plant sciences.

 The UW is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 4 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty, and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in an appropriate engineering discipline, including Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Bio-resource Engineering, or other relevant field. Possible specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: process intensification, reaction engineering, renewable energy, surface and colloid chemistry, green polymer chemistry, and separation processes. Applicants must demonstrate experience with and/or potential for an academic career at a national/international level with an active program of research, teaching, and work related to outreach and community engagement. 


Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio. Application reviews will commence October 15, 2023.

Applicants should submit the following information:

  1. A comprehensive CV. Please highlight up to three representative scholarly contributions.
  2. A summary statement (500 words or less) that highlights your research, teaching, and engagement contributions related to your engineering discipline and describes your experiences with DEI, outreach, or community engagement.
  3. A research statement of no more than 1000 words describing your interests, scholarly accomplishments, and future plans.
  4.  A teaching statement of no more than 600 words describing your teaching philosophy.
  5. A statement of no more than 600 words describing your commitments to DEI, outreach, and community engagement as they relate to your research, teaching, service, and mentoring, as well as improving access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups.
  6. Contact information only for three (3) references. No letters are requested at this time.

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed starting October 15th and will remain open until closed. During the first round the applicants CV and summary statement will be the only documents reviewed.

Contact Information:

Search Administrator – Mary Keyes  1 206 685-0952; Inquiries should be addressed to the Search Chair:  Prof. Indroneil Ganguly 1 206 616-3681. Questions regarding potential disability accommodations during the application and interview process can be directed to

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Disability Services

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit