Job ID: 197729

Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

  • Oct. 25, 2022
  • Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus
    Seattle, WA
  • Open until filled
  • Sep. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Engineering - Other
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington is seeking qualified candidates for two full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in all areas of research in materials science and engineering to start Fall 2023. Priority will be given to candidates in either one of two areas of special interest: (1) scalable synthesis, analysis and implementation of materials relevant to Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE), and (2) development of biomedical imaging materials and related technologies (e.g., computational modeling and machine learning) for disease diagnosis and treatment.  Candidates aiming to integrate modern methods of data science (DS), machine learning (ML) and artificial-intelligence (AI) to accelerate advances in their respective research areas are encouraged to apply. 

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering has a tradition of interdisciplinary collaborations and strong partnerships within UW and with other academic institutions, national labs, and industry. The major areas of research include, but are not limited to electronic, optical and magnetic materials, polymers, ceramics, composite materials, nanomaterials, energy materials, quantum materials and devices, biomaterials and medical devices, additive manufacturing, data science of materials, theoretical and computational materials. The department currently consists of 21 active core teaching and research faculty, over 120 undergraduates and 201 graduate students. For more information on the department, please visit

Successful candidates are expected to develop innovative, interdisciplinary, and externally-funded research programs and establish strong collaborations locally and nationally. New hires are also expected to develop an excellent teaching program that integrates well with their research programs, and to teach current and newly-developed courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels within the Department. The new hires will have ample opportunities to collaborate with faculty in a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary centers and institutes on campus including the NSF MRSEC Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C), QuantumX, the Clean
Energy Institute, the Washington Clean Energy Testbed, the NSF STC for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD), the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, the Nanoengineering and Sciences Institute, eScience Institute, Institute for Medical Data Science (IMDS), and many others.

The University of Washington, located in Seattle, the heart of the high-tech pacific northwest, is one of the world’s preeminent universities, ranking No. 7 in Best Global Universities in 2022 by U.S. News & World Report. The College of Engineering and the MSE Department offer a highly collegial and collaborative culture. We strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans, and people from other diverse and underrepresented groups. We are committed to creating innovative and high-quality research and teaching programs that contribute to an inclusive and equitable campus environment. We will look forward to learning how the candidate’s values, experiences, visions and plans for teaching, research, and service would support and enhance our commitment to diversity,
equity, and inclusion.


The candidate must hold a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a closely related field.

Application Instructions

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement (3 pages maximum), a
teaching statement (2 page maximum), a diversity statement (2 page maximum), and contact information for three to five references. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2022 to Interfolio at The position is open until filled. Questions about this search or positions should be directed to the search committee by email to Prof. Miqin Zhang ( and Prof. Juan Carlos Idrobo (

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Contact Information

  • Miqin Zhang, Juan Carlos Idrobo
    Materials Science and Engineering
    University of Washington-Seattle Campus
    Materials Science and Engineering
    302 Roberts Hall
    Seattle, WA 98195

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