Job: High Speed Railway Engineering Faculty, California State University, Fresno

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High Speed Railway Engineering Faculty
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Civil Engineering

Job Description

High Speed Railway Engineering Faculty

Rank: Depends on qualifications and experience

Start: Fall 2019 (August 2019)

General: The Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for an academic teaching, research, and student mentoring faculty member to develop curriculum and partnerships with industry in the high-speed rail engineering field. It is anticipated we will be hiring a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor. Appointment as tenured Full Professor, or as a temporary Lecturer is possible for an exceptional case.

Fresno is the starting point of the United States' first High Speed Rail project, currently in construction in California. Given the vanguard character of this field and its significant environmental, economic and social implications on the region, and given the rapidly changing face of the transportation field in the world and the region, Fresno State has established its interdisciplinary Fresno State Transportation Institute which also serves as one of four partners representing the California State University Transportation Consortium. This position aims to establish a High Speed Rail focus at Fresno State and expand Fresno State's transportation expertise.

Responsibilities of the position include:
1. Developing collaborative partnerships with high speed rail industry (e.g. railroad operators, planners, and maintainers), external entities such as research institutes, government agencies, and other universities, and also with faculty at California State University, Fresno;
2. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in one or more of the engineering disciplines offered in the Lyles College;
3. Developing and teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses and laboratories in Railway Engineering and other related areas;
4. Actively engaging in student mentoring, research, scholarship and service activities;
5. Seeking external funding to support research and scholarly activities;
6. Supervising student research including graduate projects and theses.

Professionalism and collegiality are essential traits for success in this position, as specific assignments will depend on college needs.

The Lyles College of Engineering, California State University, Fresno, offers six nationally accredited Bachelor of Science degree programs in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geomatics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and graduate degree programs/options in Civil Engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Over 1700 students were enrolled in the College's programs in Fall 2018. The home department of this position will be determined at the time of hire, based on degree and discipline area of the candidate selected.

Construction of the California's high speed rail system is in full swing and is expected to continue across the state of California until at least 2025. Many national and international infrastructure companies have established offices in Fresno for the project. More information about California's High Speed Rail is available at: There will be many opportunities for collaboration with the companies building the new rail system.

Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Qualifications specifications for rank and status are included:

Tenure Track / Tenured

Required Education
An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Rail, Systems Engineering, or a closely related engineering discipline and a BS degree in engineering from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.

Required Experience
1. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds;
2. Academic, research, or industry expertise in rail-related engineering is required.
3. Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent communication and multi-disciplinary industry interaction skills and a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence.

Preferred Experience:
Professional practice experience in railway industry.

For Associate or Tenured Professor:
Appointment to Associate Professor or Tenured Full Professor requires evidence of a substantially higher level of experience and accomplishment in teaching and scholarly productivity. In addition, an appointment with tenure requires previously awarded tenure and a recommendation from the faculty.

For a Lecturer (temporary):
1. Appointment to temporary lecturer requires an MS or Ph.D. degree in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Rail, Systems Engineering, or engineering discipline and a BS degree in engineering from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.
2. At least ten years of industry/research experience in rail-related engineering.

About Fresno State: California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit: The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News and World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: . We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Other Campus Information: In compliance with the Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at . Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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