VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY (Virginia Tech), DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in MECHANICAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS METHODS.
We are seeking applicants having strong interdisciplinary interests across all areas of design methodology, design optimization, and multi-scale modeling. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise that integrate strongly with an interdisciplinary team of faculty engaged at the intersection of advanced design, manufacturing, and materials research. Thus, we seek candidates with expertise in multidisciplinary design analysis, synthesis, and optimization; design automation; design for manufacturing; and design theory and methodology.
Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (www.advance.vt.edu). Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline. Qualified candidates having university/industrial/federal laboratory experience are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and developing an internationally recognized research program. We are looking to hire an outstanding candidate who can also contribute to Virginia Tech’s transdisciplinary Destination Areas (particularly to Intelligent Infrastructure and Human Centered Communities-IIHCC DA), which involve faculty and departments across many colleges of the university. While faculty remain in their home department, their research and academic activities contribute to the advancement of the VT’s Destination Areas in addition to their own department/discipline. For more information about the VT Destination Areas, please visit the web site: https://www.provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html
Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 63 faculty, research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 340 graduate students with 180 students at doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 14th and 22nd out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2018 U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers, and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College level centers such as the recently established Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics, and the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS); and state level industry-academic research centers such as the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), and VT Carillion Research Institute (VTCRI). For more information about the department and the available positions please visit our web site at http://www.me.vt.edu/
Qualified applicants must electronically submit the online application at www.jobs.vt.edu, include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles, a one-page research statement, a brief statement on teaching preferences, a statement of your plans and contributions to diversity and inclusivity at VT, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. Apply to posting #TR0180107.
Review of Applications starts November 23, 2018 and applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. For assistance submitting the application please contact Ms. Sara Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org, (540) 231-0700). Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Prof. Mehdi Ahamadian (email@example.com). Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Professor Ahamadian, the hiring department of mechanical engineering, or contact University ADA Services http://oea.vt.edu/ada-accessibilityservices.html with any questions.