Assistant/Associate Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park

Position Number: 125438
Title: Open Rank
Functional Title: Assistant/Associate Professor
Category Status: 02-Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.0
Unit: ENGR-Fire Protection Engineering
Campus/College Information: Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

The department offers the only ABET accredited B.S. Degree in Fire Protection Engineering in the United States. The graduate program offers a research M.S. degree and a professional Master of Engineering degree. The department has an active Ph.D. program that is administered by other engineering departments. More than 1,100 graduates from the department are now employed in industry, insurance companies, Federal, state or local government, military, and fire services. The department is located in a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility, with expanded offices and laboratories. Our Fire Testing and Evaluation Center (FireTEC) initiative provides an opportunity for companies to take advantage of the department’s laboratory facilities and expertise to conduct experimental studies to explore the fire performance of materials, products and systems. Access is also available to additional fire facilities on campus and the campus is in proximity to major government fire laboratories. Fire Protection Engineering is one of the eight departments in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. The school of engineering has approximately 240 full-time faculty members who are nationally recognized and highly respected in their fields and a research budget of more than $126 million. College Park is located in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Some notable facts about A. James Clark School of Engineering and the University of Maryland include:

● Received the 8th largest gift in history to a public higher education institution from A. James & Alice B Clark Foundation of $220M. This includes funding to assist faculty and attract and fund first year PhD students.
● Faculty work with our over 60 competitive teams and student societies that are nationally ranked such as, SAE top 20 finish in Baja 2018 Competition, Solar Decathlon 1st place in US in 2017, and 1st in American Helicopter Society Student competition.
● Dedicated external relations staff to help promote faculty research, which has been featured on covers of Science magazine, ABC, Washington Post, New York Times.
● Opened Clark Hall in January 2018 with almost 40,000 sq ft of lab space and an innovation lab for capstone design projects and student teams.
● The Great College Park initiative is a $1B public-private investment in the town that is the home of UMD. It is creating not only a dynamic and innovative academic environment, but also a vibrant downtown community with restaurants, new residential units, live music and amenities.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: The Department of Fire Protection Engineering ( at the University of Maryland is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. We offer a unique program in fire protection engineering education and research. Fire safety embraces many topics, including the behavior of fire and smoke; the interaction of fire with people, structures and the environment; fire hazard and risk analysis; and fire safety design, regulation and investigation. Fire research includes, but is not limited to, wild land fire; process safety and explosion; the fundamentals of combustion; suppression; material flammability; structural resistance to fire; and human response and behavior in fire. Candidates with computational and/or experimental experience in these areas are encouraged to apply.
Minimum Qualifications: The applicant should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline. Teaching expertise and a background in fire protection are desirable.
Preferences: Candidates will be expected to establish an imaginative, well-funded and collaborative research program that will serve to educate graduate and undergraduate students and advance the field. Candidates should be effective communicators and have an ability and interest in working with diverse student populations having a variety of backgrounds, learning styles, and skill levels. Candidates will also contribute to the teaching of undergraduates and graduate courses within the department. Candidates for the rank of Associate Professor should have a strong record of research, educational activities, and service, as well as a strong funding history and leadership in their field.
Additional Certifications:
Additional Information: Questions about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Marino diMarzo (Email: [email protected]). For best consideration, interested applicants should apply by January 17, 2020; review of applications will begin on January 3, 2020 and will continue on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
Please upload the following documents via the UMD employment website — position number 125438.

1) Cover Letter
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Statement of Research
4) Teaching Interest
5) References-professional (minimum of three)

Additional information on the Department is available at the following website:

Posting Date: 11/08/2019
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 01/17/2020
Physical Demands Physical activities expected from this individual during normal work hours are mostly limited to working with the computer/teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research (examples: research statement, research programs)
  4. Teaching (examples: teaching philosophy, student evaluations)
  5. List of References (no emails sent from system)