Opening: Assistant/Associate Professor of FPE Department at University of Maryland


Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) at the University of Maryland ( is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. The FPE Department is a unique academic unit dedicated to the education of fire safety engineers/researchers as well as to the advancement of fire science. The Department offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity in fire protection engineering education and research. Fire safety is an interdisciplinary field that includes the dynamics of fire and smoke (in structures and in the wildland), the design of fire-safe systems (materials, products, processes, buildings, communities, etc), people’s behavior in fire and the design of safe egress solutions, the environmental impact of fire, fire hazard and risk analysis, fire investigation, and the role of regulations and public policy. Fire research includes, but is not limited to, the fundamentals of combustion, material flammability, fire suppression, wildland fires and wildland-urban-interface fires, process safety and explosions, structural resistance to fire, human response and behavior in fire, resilience of buildings and communities, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants should have a doctorate in a relevant discipline. An experience in teaching and a background in fire protection engineering are desirable.


We are looking for a candidate who is excited to lead and work with undergraduate and graduate students. The position requires teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and establishing a successful, externally funded research program. Candidates with computational and/or experimental experience are encouraged to apply.

Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply, and candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with diverse populations through research, teaching and mentoring are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.

Additional Certifications:

Questions about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Arnaud Trouve (Email: [email protected]). For best consideration, interested applicants should apply by July 15, 2021; review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021 and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is 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: