School of Construction Job Opportunities


Assistant Professor of CEM

Department: Myers-Lawson School of Construction
Position No: 522394

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management. We are seeking candidates motivated to contribute to a collegial, interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of both fundamental and applied research and whose teaching and research interests align with the School’s goals and the trajectory of a thriving industry. Recent initiatives at Virginia Tech include a campus-wide, multi-disciplinary focus on Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities as well as a focus on Industry 4.0 for Construction. Such initiatives endorse a wide range of research foci, including:

  • Researching intelligent, adaptable, and sustainable, human-centric technologies for the built environment
  • Exploring the tools of analysis, representation, design, construction and evaluation directed towards new construction or adaptive re-use and performance improvement of existing structures.
  • Innovating autonomous systems and robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, 3-D printed structures, human-centered infrastructure systems, additive manufacturing, Internet-of-Things, wireless and cyber security.
  • Advancing digital design and construction, human-technology interaction, robotics, semi- or autonomous systems, mixed-reality technologies, building performance, facility and energy management, building systems and controls that will support a more sustainable, resilient, and energy neutral built environment

The School currently has 21 faculty members, and is home to over 625 undergraduate and 36 graduate students. The School offers the following degrees: 1) Bachelor of Science in Building Construction, 2) Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management, 3) Master of Science in Building Construction Science and Management, and 4) Doctorate of Philosophy in Environmental Design and Planning.

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

The School of Construction is located within the College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program ranks 13th and graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our presence in the Washington, D.C., area offers unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024.

The School fully embraces Virginia Tech’s Commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. 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 veteran 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 need an accommodation, please contact Ms. Kira Ritter at or 540-231-2491.

Applicants must apply online at (job number 522394): application materials will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will commence on Nov 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Walid Thabet at (540-818-4604).

Required Qualifications

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in construction or a closely related discipline by appointment start date and must demonstrate a high potential to effectively:

  • develop and maintain a nationally recognized research program.
  • teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
  • collaborate across disciplinary and cultural boundaries

Preferred Qualifications

State-of-the-art facilities are being constructed to support teaching and research within the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. It is therefore preferred that the candidate has teaching, research, and/or industry experience with one or more of the research foci listed above. An individual with demonstrated commitment to our School values of inclusion, safety, service and experiential learning, is also preferred.