Assistant or Associate Professor


The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applicants for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Sustainable System; rank will be commensurate with experience.  We seek a scholar with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in the sustainable systems field. Areas of interest include but are not limited to circular economy, corporate social responsibility, big data for sustainability, energy and climate economics, techno-economic analysis, food/water/energy nexus, green buildings, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, risk assessment, sustainable mobility, sustainable supply chains, system dynamics and complex systems.  This position is in person on the Ann Arbor, Michigan campus.

SEAS’s mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable and just society.  The School contributes new scientific knowledge, visionary leadership, and trained professionals toward that end.  The faculty of the School is diverse, with natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, and designers working collaboratively in an integrative setting.  A professional school set within a major research university, SEAS provides a model of interdisciplinary and applied research and a focal point of research, teaching and societal engagement on sustainability. The School focuses on key cross-cutting sustainability themes, including climate and energy; water; food, land use, and agriculture; conservation and restoration; and cities, the built environment, and mobility.  There are many opportunities for research collaborations through institutes such as the Center for Sustainable Systems, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, MCity, and the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

The School offers a Ph.D. as well as both research and professional M.S. degrees in seven specializations: ecosystem science and management; geospatial data science; sustainable systems; environmental policy and planning; behavior, education and communication; environmental justice; and sustainable development.  The School also offers a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.).  The student body includes over 650 M.S./M.L.A. and 50 doctoral students.  SEAS also co-manages an undergraduate Program in the Environment participates in dual master degree programs with the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business, Engineering, Law, Public Health, and Public Policy.  Additional information about the School can be found at    

At SEAS we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively responds to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  1. Develop a widely recognized research program that attracts external funding and contributes to the interdisciplinary mission of the School;
  2. Support SEAS's teaching mission at both graduate and undergraduate levels, including mentoring and supervising doctoral and master’s students;
  3. Contribute to the stewardship of SEAS, the University, relevant professions and society through service, collaboration and engagement.

The position will be filled at the assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (tenured) level.  Rank will be commensurate with experience.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in engineering, physical sciences, environmental sciences, economics or other fields bringing quantitative methods and analytical approaches to address sustainability challenges. Candidates must have a strong record of scholarly publication, evidence of teaching potential in a multidisciplinary setting, as well as activities demonstrating a potential for and/or trajectory towards national and international recognition. Importantly, we are seeking candidates who have an interest in using their research to help solve real-world sustainability challenges. Therefore, candidates should have some evidence of engaging stakeholders in their work, and evidence of collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to develop solutions to sustainability challenges in areas such as climate, energy, water, food, built environment, and mobility. 

Application Instructions

Applications should include (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; (3) a personal statement describing your vision and plans for research and societal engagement (2-page maximum); (4) a teaching statement (2-page maximum); (5) a one-page statement on how you have or plan to contribute to diversity efforts; and (6) a list of three academic references with contact information. Strict confidentiality will be maintained, and no references will be solicited without the prior consent of the candidate.

To apply, submit application materials in Interfolio, via this link:

For assistance or further information, you may contact

Review of applications will begin on December 12, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  SEAS hopes to appoint a faculty member to this position to begin Fall 2023.

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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  • Application deadline: Dec 12, 2022
  • University of Michigan
  • School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Ann Arbor MI USA
  • Academic Positions
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