Job ID: 196733

Assistant Professor, Polymer Engineering

University of Akron

  • Oct. 12, 2022
  • Assistant Professor, Polymer Engineering
  • School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (SPSPE)
  • University of Akron
    Akron, OH
  • Dec. 31, 2022
  • Fall 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Polymer Science
    Engineering Physics

The School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (SPSPE) at The University of Akron (UA) is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to begin in Fall 2023, with a preference for candidates with research interests in experimental and/or computational rheology of polymers and complex fluids, polymer processing including additive manufacturing, and/or mechanics of soft matter.

Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants will establish a strong, externally funded research program related to polymer science and engineering, direct M.S. and Ph.D. students, teach graduate and undergraduate classes, and contribute to the functioning of SPSPE, college, and UA.

Required Qualifications:
Applicants should have an earned Ph.D. in polymer engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, or a related discipline and demonstrated active research interests and experience in polymeric and related materials.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with research interests in experimental and/or computational rheology of polymers and complex fluids, polymer processing including additive manufacturing, and/or mechanics of soft matter. Applicants with demonstrated post-graduation experience in an equivalent academic department, in industry, or during postdoctoral research in academic and/or industrial setting will be given favorable consideration, however, these may be waived for exceptional candidates. Other desired attributes are strong communication skills, commitment to UA’s mission on diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEI), enthusiasm for collaborative research, ability to establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program and to direct graduate student research, teach graduate and undergraduate classes, and contribute to the functioning of SPSPE, college, and UA.

Compensation and Benefits:
The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae with list of publications, documentation of prior research support (if applicable), detailed research (10 pages) and teaching plans, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references, and DEI statement.

After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications.  This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.  A curriculum vitae will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application.  For assistance with your application or attachments please call Derek Brown Human Resources at (330) 972-8402.

The University of Akron, with close to 15,000 students, has a world class program in polymer science and polymer engineering with a long history in polymers dating back to 1909. SPSPE currently has 23 full time faculty and 143 full time and part time graduate students and is housed in College of Engineering and Polymer Science with 7 academic departments, 326 graduate and 3530 undergraduate students.


Application Deadline:
Review of applicants will begin December 5, 2022.

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Job ID # 13855

About University of Akron:

The University of Akron is a vibrant community driven by collaboration, partnership, and a steadfast determination to provide opportunity and success to all learners The University of Akron believes diversity is a vital element of an equitable and thriving workplace. A diverse workforce is essential as we strive to create a dynamic academic environment that prepares students to be citizens of the world around them, and as we deepen the value, we place on our connection to the Greater Akron community.

We celebrate the power of uniqueness, and the strength that coalesces when unique voices are heard. We seek to empower employees to lead in their colleges, departments, offices, and divisions. People of all backgrounds work on our campus every day, and we value the contribution of each individual in their commitment to a better University of Akron.

We welcome candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists, and leaders. Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights – and we want you to join us. Bring your voice. Bring your uniqueness. Bring you. We are Akron. We rise together.

For more information about The University of Akron or the Akron community please visit our About UA page.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity:
    The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (

    The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at


    Ohio is State of Residence:
    It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.

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