The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions. We are strongly committed to all members of our community: students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers and to conduct engineering-science research that addresses important societal challenges. We strive to accomplish this mission with the highest dedication to quality, integrity, and respect for others. We are particularly interested in applicants who are committed to and have a passion for a culturally-diverse environment in research and teaching and who demonstrate an eagerness to strengthen the culture of inclusivity at CMU. We are actively and purposefully committed to considering a diverse applicant pool in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability. CMU seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), which assists with dual-career searches.
The Mechanical Engineering department consists of approximately 40 faculty, 450 undergraduate students, and 450 graduate students. We have a young, growing, and gender-diverse faculty who have created a dynamic environment with innovative research in both traditional and non-traditional domains that address societal challenges. We have a new building scheduled to open in 2023. The department provides an ideal environment for researchers from diverse technical backgrounds to develop an academic career. We have multiple positions open to candidates from a broad range of engineering backgrounds:
- General Call: Consistent with the current breadth of departmental research, we welcome applicants with expertise across a wide variety of research areas broadly related to mechanical engineering and who have the ability to contribute synergistically to existing research activities in the department, college, and university-at-large.
- Targeted and Cross-Cutting Domains: We welcome applicants looking to address emerging challenges in particular fields both within and outside the traditional scope of mechanical engineering. These include controls, robotics, and the integration of artificial intelligence/machine learning with a broad range of engineering domains.
The CMU College of Engineering has a highly collaborative environment with a rich history of interdisciplinary research. Some of that interdisciplinarity has been spurred by faculty who have joint appointments in two departments. Such joint appointments are possible through this search so as to include individuals who encompass multiple specialties.
You are expected to contribute to teaching our core undergraduate, elective, and graduate courses. Tenure-track faculty at CMU carry a moderate teaching load, typically two courses per year, which allows time for quality research and close involvement with students.
You are expected to establish and grow a strong externally-supported and internationally-recognized research program, contribute to our teaching mission, be a passionate mentor and advisor, and serve with colleagues to help promote the general success of the department.
: We seek individuals who hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and have demonstrated dedication to our core values: scientific truth, creativity, quality, innovation, and engineering solutions. Faculty appointments are typically made at the rank of Assistant Professor; however, appointments may be made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor depending on your qualifications.
Instructions to Apply
: Your application should be submitted to Interfolio and include:
- A cover letter.
- Your curriculum vitae.
- A research statement of no more than five pages, outlining a compelling vision for a research program that ultimately goes beyond your prior (typically Ph.D. or post-doc) experience. Your statement should include initial research projects that can be immediately pursued with graduate students, given your current expertise, and for which external funding can realistically be sought. Your statement should also include a longer-term vision with more far-reaching plans, which may reference potential collaborators in the department and elsewhere at CMU.
- A teaching statement of no more than two pages, outlining both your experience and philosophy as well as a list of courses you are interested in teaching.
- A diversity statement of no more than two pages, outlining how you have contributed to and plan to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
You should also request 3-5 professional references via the Interfolio system.
Please visit: apply.interfolio.com/112992
to begin the process of submitting an application.
Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document, except for the letters of recommendation, which should be requested individually through the confidential letter request function in Interfolio. You may wish to send an email to each of your letter writers to alert them that they will receive an automated email from Interfolio requesting that they upload their letter of recommendation (sometimes the automated Interfolio emails are mistaken for spam).
Review of applications will begin immediately and all applications received by November 1, 2022 will be given full consideration. We encourage you to submit early. Paper applications will not be accepted. Women and members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.