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Tenure Track Position Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (JPF03998)

Tenure Track Position Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Job #JPF03998

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 28th, 2018
Next review date: October 15th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: December 14th, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UCLA is conducting a search for faculty candidates in disciplines related to mechanical and aerospace engineering. Areas of particularly high interest include advanced manufacturing, aeronautics and space technology, medical devices, robotics/cyber-physical systems, and sustainability; other areas within mechanical and aerospace engineering will also be considered for exceptionally outstanding cases. Our hiring priority is focused on the frontiers of mechanical and aerospace engineering research, where a candidate’s impact, originality, and promise for building a strong program has been demonstrated. We are interested in outstanding candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship and to a diverse campus climate.

These positions require a Ph.D. or equivalent in engineering or a closely related discipline at date of hire.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

UCLA is a dynamic urban university with a strong commitment to collaborative excellence and engaged in numerous research collaborations, both within the Engineering school and with a spectrum of departments and programs at UCLA (including the Medical and Dental Schools a short campus walk away), across the UC system, with other universities, and across industrial sectors.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Off-campus positions listed below

Posted December 13, 2018


POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering, academic year, tenure track

RESPONSIBILITIES The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized program in fluid power research and education. The Purdue Maha Fluid Power Research Center provides a state-of-the-art facility for collaboration with other colleagues in a highly interdisciplinary effort to address needs and provide innovative solutions in fluid power. The individual will engage local, state, national and international government, and non-government agencies, industry, and other stakeholders to address their fluid power research needs, and contribute to Purdue’s research and teaching efforts focused largely on fluid power related disciplines.

Applicants must have expertise in fluid power and in one or more fields specified below:

  1. Modeling and design of hydrostatic transmissions and hydraulic hybrid systems, including electro-hydraulic hybrids;
  2. Distributed sensing, controls, acoustics and diagnostics for complex fluid power systems;
  3. Modeling, design and control of hydraulically driven flexible robots, wearable power assist devices and/or portable robots;
  4. Functional fluids, ER fluids and/or tribological systems;
  5. Modeling, design and control of pneumatic systems;
  6. Analysis, modeling and simulation of multi-domain systems;
  7. Design and motion control of water hydraulic systems;
  8. Modeling and control of micro fluid power systems;

Teaching in undergraduate and/or graduate-level Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering majors is expected. The individual will also develop a successful externally funded research program.

This is an academic year, tenure track, research and teaching position. The successful candidate will build a renowned program in this area that is inclusive of an international dimension.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a PhD degree in agricultural engineering, mechanical engineering or related discipline. Applicants should have industry experience or demonstrated research funding from industry or government agencies. Candidates with a multi-disciplinary research focus are particularly encouraged. Faculty candidates should have exceptional potential for world-class research, and a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education. Excellent communication and grant writing skills are required.

THE COLLEGES: The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is part of the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering is part of the College of Engineering. Purdue University and these units are deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do. The College of Agriculture is one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked ninth globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 313 faculty, 2803undergraduate students, and 672 graduate students. The College of Engineering has 13 academic units and includes 452 faculty, more than 8918 undergraduate students, and nearly 3,550 graduate students. The College of Engineering is ranked number 8 for undergraduate programs and number 7 for graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report. The Colleges’ strategic plans can be accessed at https://ag.purdue.edu/plan/Pages/default.aspx and https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/AboutUs/MeetDean/Pinnacle/index_html

OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION: Numerous opportunities for collaborations throughout Purdue University exist. The Purdue Moves Plant Science Initiative is a major investment in plant production and utilization that presents opportunities for collaboration (https://ag.purdue.edu/plantsciences). Collaborators may be found in Discovery Park (http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark), in the Mechanical Engineering Research Labs (Herrick Labs, Zucrow Labs, Birk Nanotechnology Center), Purdue Agricultural Centers, Center for Commercial Agriculture, and Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin January 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: Letter of interest, resume, official academic transcripts, statement of teaching and research philosophies, and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. Applications should be submitted electronically to . A background check is required for employment in this position.

The Department, School and Colleges are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – https://www.purdue.edu/advance-purdue).

CONTACT: Address inquiries to: Dr. Andrea Vacca, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University. ; (765) 430-0081.

For additional information see http://www.purdue.edu/ABE

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Posted October 31, 2018


Openings may exist for a researcher in liquid rocket combustion devices at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Edwards AFB, CA. The selected applicant will join an established team of scientists and engineers, performing basic and applied research in liquid rocket combustion. Applicants will need to have earned a Ph.D. in a relevant engineering or science discipline, have strong oral and written English com-munication skills, and possess a thorough fundamental understanding of gas dynamics, combustion, and heat transfer. Experience with rockets and/or high pressures are highly desirable.

The position is for an individual that would not only perform research and development, but would also plan and execute programs and collaborations to advance the state-of-the-art. Emphasis areas include the design and execution of subscale rocket device testing and modular engine concepts. The successful applicant will also be expected to work closely with companion modeling and simulation efforts also underway in the group.

Collaboration with external research groups as well as with the applied engine development groups within AFRL, participation in technical symposia, publishing in refereed journals, and maintaining a strong international reputation are expected. U.S. citizenship is required. Edwards AFB is located in the high desert about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Please send resumes and inquiries to .

Posted October 22, 2018

UCI Samueli School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Tenure-track Faculty Position in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Posting Date: October 18, 2018
Start Date: July 1, 2019
Will remain open until filled

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. We seek an individual who will strengthen our research and educational programs in the area of fluid dynamics. Candidates should be capable of teaching core fluid dynamics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidate should have credentials in one of three areas of research: (i) large-eddy simulations (LES) and/ or direct numerical simulation (DNS) of turbulent flows; (ii) experiments on unsteady flows and unsteady aerodynamics; and (iii) multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO). The LES/ DNS research should include either reacting or non-reacting and single-phase or multiphase. The experimental analysis should include the most advanced non-intrusive diagnostics. The MDO research should bring together fluid dynamics with advanced systems analysis. In each of the three areas, desirable research interests include physics-based modelling at multilevels of fidelity; data-driven analysis and related post-processing for computational and/or experimental results; and applications to vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles, unmanned air vehicles, and/or aerodynamic flows at intermediate Reynolds numbers.

The position will be at the assistant professor rank. Applicants should have a doctorate from an accredited university in a relevant science or engineering discipline. The successful candidate should maintain a strong publication record, develop a vigorous externally funded research program, recruit and supervise graduate students, provide outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute leadership, collaboration and innovative thinking toward an excellent fluid dynamics program within the department and university and to the engineering profession. Successful candidates will also be expected to contribute toward increasing the number of students (especially underrepresented minority students) pursuing graduate degrees in related programs. Information about the department can be found on the website: http://engineering.uci.edu/dept/mae.

Applications should include a cover letter; a description of research, teaching and service interests, including ability to contribute to departmental and interdisciplinary programs; a curriculum vitae; a separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion; and the names and contact information of at least four references. References will not be contacted until a later stage of consideration, after consultation with the candidate.

Applications received by Jan. 15, 2019 are assured full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04985.

The University of California, Irvine is part of the premier public university system in the world. UCI is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is ranked as a top ten public university by U.S. News and World Report, and was identified by the New York Times as No. 1 among U.S. universities that do the most for low-income students. UCI is located in Orange County, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 45 miles south of Los Angeles. Irvine is one of the safest communities in the U.S. and offers a very pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, and one of the highest-ranked public school systems in the nation.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Posted October 19, 2018

LocationUNH, Durham, NH
DepartmentUNH CEPS Mechanical Engineering [UDME00]
Summary of PositionThe Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of systems and controls with a starting date of August 2019. The department is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following: biomaterials manufacturing, automation/control, smart factories/Industry 4.0, precision machining, mechanics of manufacturing, materials processing, or rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing. UNH actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion and quality engagement for all.
Additional Job InformationThe application package should include a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, documents stating specific teaching interests and research plans (2-page maximum each) and the names and contact information for three references. The target date for applications is November 9, 2018, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Consideration of applications will begin immediately. Please apply directly online at: https://jobs.usnh.edu. Computer access/assistance is available at the Human Resources Office at 603-862-0501. (TTY users 603-862-3227). Questions should be addressed to: Todd Gross, Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 03824 (todd.gross@unh.edu).
Posting Number/Job Order #PF0209FY19
Acceptable Minimum QualificationsMinimum qualifications for the positions include a Doctorate in ME or a closely related field and evidence of ability to i) establish and maintain a productive level of scholarly work; ii) excel as a teacher at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; iii) successfully mentor undergraduate and graduate research students; iv) participate in Department, College and University service activities. The successful candidate may have affiliations with the NSF EPSCoR funded NH Center for Multiscale Modeling and Manufacturing of Biomaterials (NH BioMade) and/or UNH John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center and have opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations across campus. This position will be a full-time academic year appointment.
Salary InformationSalary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.
Quick Link to Posting
Percent Time Information (FTE)100%
Faculty InformationTenure-Track
Type of PositionFaculty

Posted September 27, 2018

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Faculty opportunity

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for multiple faculty positions at all ranks. Candidates are sought in all technical subdisciplines of mechanical science and engineering including design, thermosciences, solid and fluid mechanics, and dynamics and control, with particular interest in the broad application areas of mechanics of materials, robotics, and cyber-physical systems. Ideal candidates include those who demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service endeavors.

The department has top-ranked graduate and undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering, engineering mechanics, and theoretical and applied mechanics. Our faculty and students have access to premier interdisciplinary opportunities, supported by extensive state-of-the-art facilities housed on campus. These facilities include the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, the Beckman Institute, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Carver Biotechnology Laboratory and the Institute for Genomic Biology. Information about the department can be found at http://mechanical.illinois.edu/.

Qualified senior candidates will also be considered for named appointments as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, supported by a $100-million gift from the Grainger Foundation. More information regarding this unique opportunity can be found at http://graingerinitiative.engineering.illinois.edu.

A doctoral degree is required, all opportunities are full-time, tenure or tenure-track, 9-month appointments paid over 12 months, with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications received by November 15, 2018, will receive full consideration. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Interviews may take place before the given date; applications received after November 15, 2018 may be considered until positions are filled. The expected start date of a position offered/accepted through this search is August 16, 2019, but other start dates will be considered.

Applicants should create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu. Complete applications include cover letter, statement of teaching and research interests, statement on commitment to diversity, curriculum vitae, as well as the names and contact information of four references all in a single .pdf file. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered. For further information regarding application procedures, please address questions to: .

The University of Illinois has an active and successful dual-career partner placement program with strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty (http://provost.illinois.edu/worklife/index.html).

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

Posted September 27, 2018

New Aerospace Program at UNR seeks three senior faculty
Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno
Hiring faculty to start a new Aerospace Engineering Program at UNR.

Currently, we are seeking to hire three senior faculty to help start our new Aerospace Engineering Program at UNR:

  • Founding Aerospace Program Director and Victor LaMar Lockhart Professorship. See http://bit.ly/2McPHFT.
  • Full/Associate Professor with expertise in Aerospace Engineering, including aerospace systems/controls, unmanned aerial vehicles, aerospace propulsion, or aerospace thermal/fluids sciences. See http://bit.ly/2O6I3NA.
  • Full/Associate Professor with expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics, in either Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering. See http://bit.ly/2n4Q8af.

Eric Wang
Search Committee Chair

Posted September 13, 2018

Fluid Mechanics & Soft Matter

The School of Engineering at Brown University invites applications for tenure-track positions in our Fluids and Thermal Sciences Group. We expect to hire at least one person with interests in computational, theoretical or experimental fluid mechanics and soft matter, including: environmental fluid mechanics, bio-inspired or bio-mimetic systems (including bio-inspired robotics), soft matter systems, energy-related fluid mechanics, and micron-scale fluid mechanics. Interdisciplinary areas of research, with connections to broader fields of Engineering, Physics, Biology and Environmental Sciences are of particular interest.

The search committee will consider candidates for appointment as Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. Applicants should hold a PhD in Engineering or a related discipline, and must demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain an externally-funded program of research, to communicate their research results at the highest levels, and to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

All application materials should be submitted online through https://apply.interfolio.com/53630, and include a complete CV, a statement of proposed research and a discussion of teaching interests. For junior hires (without tenure), letters from three references should be requested (the letter should be uploaded by the referee). For senior hires (with tenure), contact information for five referees should be provided (the search committee will contact those references directly). Applications should be submitted by November 12th 2018 to receive full consideration, although applications submitted after that date will be reviewed, as time permits, until the position is filled.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Posted September 11, 2018

University of Southern California
Viterbi School of Engineering
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Seeking applications for enure-track or tenured faculty candidates

The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at USC is seeking applications for tenure-track or tenured faculty candidates. We seek outstanding candidates for a position at any rank. The Viterbi School of Engineering at USC is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women, underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

We invite applications from candidates knowledgeable in all fields of aerospace and mechanical engineering, with particular interest in advanced manufacturing, robotics and autonomous systems, and aerospace structures and aeroelasticity. Applications are also encouraged from more senior applicants whose accomplishments may be considered transformative. Outstanding senior applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership, and whose past activities document a commitment to issues involving the advancement of women in science and engineering may also be considered for the Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. Endowed Chair, which is supported by the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Program endowment.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a relevant field by the beginning of the appointment and have a strong research and publication record. Applications must include a letter clearly indicating area(s) of specialization, a detailed curriculum vitae, a concise statement of current and future research directions, a teaching statement, a succinct statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion, and contact information for at least four professional references. This material should be submitted electronically at http://ame.usc.edu/facultypositions/ no later than December 15, 2018. Any applications received after Dec. 15 may not be considered. Review of applications and interviews may start in November, as soon as this ad is published.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

Posted September 5, 2018

University of Houston
Cullen College of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant or Associate Professor – Thermal Sciences & Fluid Mechanics

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston (UH) invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions beginning in Fall 2019. Candidates with exceptional background and experience may be considered for the rank of Associate Professor. Particular emphasis is in the broad area of fluid mechanics and thermal sciences. Successful candidates must hold an earned doctorate in an appropriate field by the time their appointment begins. They are expected to establish a dynamic and internationally recognized research program, and to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Furthermore, they must have demonstrated an ability to conduct outstanding independent research and show promise for excellent teaching, mentoring and entrepreneurship. Information about UH’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is available at www.me.uh.edu.

As a part of a major drive for excellence, including recent designation of UH as a Tier 1 university, the Cullen College of Engineering has a strong commitment to advance both the quantity and quality of the engineering research programs. UH is Texas’ premier public metropolitan research and teaching institution with over 40,000 students located on a park-like campus proximal to downtown Houston, the fourth-largest city in the nation. In addition to being the energy capital of the world, Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, and to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Houston supports a full spectrum of cultural organizations as well as sports and year-around outdoor activities.

UH is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.

The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Click here to apply.

Posted July 18, 2018

Post-doctoral Position – Thermal Transport and Thermophysical Property Modification of Shape Memory Liquid Crystalline Polymers

There is an opening for a postdoctoral associate starting in August 2018, in the Osuji lab at the University of Pennsylvania. The position is broadly centered on exploring and controlling thermal transport and thermophysical properties in liquid crystalline polymers. The project is specifically focused on engineering thermal transport in aligned liquid crystalline elastomers which exhibit shape memory properties. The broader context is that of engineering adaptive active materials using shape memory elastomers.

Particularly attractive candidates are experimentalists with a background in mechanical engineering, materials science, or a closely related field, who are comfortable with materials characterization, designing and operating mechanical instruments and basic organic chemistry. Experience with thermophysical property characterization by rheology, differential scanning calorimetry and thermal transport measurements are beneficial.

Qualified candidates should contact Chinedum Osuji at and/or visit http://www.eng.yale.edu/polymers for more information about the lab’s research.

 UCLA Samueli Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering