Job ID: 198554

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

San Francisco State University

  • Nov. 4, 2022
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • San Francisco State University
    San Francisco, CA
  • Open until filled
  • August 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Job No: 518375
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

The School of Engineering at San Francisco State University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Mechanical Engineering, beginning August 9, 2023. The School seeks individuals with a background in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity, equity, inclusion, and excellence of our academic community.

About San Francisco State University:

San Francisco State University is located in San Francisco - one of the world's most vibrant, beautiful, and diverse cities. San Francisco is the world's flagship hub for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, as well as a thriving center for arts and culture. San Francisco State University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University (CSU) system and serves a diverse student body of 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body

  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging

  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice

  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio

  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;

  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and

Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

About the School of Engineering:

The School of Engineering at San Francisco State University ( is the only four-year Engineering school in the City of San Francisco and has been a talent reservoir that serves a myriad of industries in the San Francisco Bay Area - in particular Silicon Valley - and throughout California. We pride ourselves in offering four ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering programs: civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as three master's programs in civil engineering, electrical, and mechanical engineering. In addition, we have established four accelerated BS/MS programs, or SF State Scholars Programs, where students can complete their BS and MS degrees in about 5 years. Together, these programs serve a highly diverse student body of 1,300 undergraduates and 80 graduate students, of which 42% are underrepresented minorities, 34% are first-generation students, and 18% are female students.

The School of Engineering currently has 23 tenured/tenure-track faculty and more than 30 lecturer faculty. Among them are recipients of distinguished teaching awards, NSF and NIH grants, Department of Energy grants, Air Force Research Laboratory grants, California State University Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards, CSU STEM-NET Fellowships, American Chemical Society PRF grants, and corporate funding; as well as Google Faculty-in-Residence, technology entrepreneurs, senior technical and management staff at local high-tech companies, and senior members of local government agencies. As we look forward to a bright future in the School of Engineering, a new $150M, state-of-the-art building ( is currently being constructed and will be the new home of the School of Engineering with modernized engineering research and teaching labs beginning 2024.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in Mechanical Engineering, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, curriculum and laboratory development, establishing an active research program in the area of expertise, and contributing to committee and service assignments within the School of Engineering, the College of Science & Engineering, and the University. A detailed position description is available in the link below.



  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.

Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students


  • Record of teaching contributions in mechanical engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in one or more of the following areas: thermofluids, energy systems and renewable energy, mechanical system and machine element design, manufacturing, mechanics of materials, and controls systems.

  • Research specialty in one or more of the following areas: energy systems design and analysis, including renewable energy systems; industrial and/or building energy efficiency; mechanical analysis and design using modern software tools; manufacturing technologies and processes; biomechanics and biomedical engineering. Strong candidates in other areas of specialization may also be considered.

  • Active record of scholarship related to their specialty area and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding for these activities.

  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works

  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically underrepresented communities

Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor is a tenure-track position. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.

Application Procedure

A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, upload the following materials:

1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)

2. Curriculum vitae

3. A statement of research interests

4. A statement of teaching philosophy

5. A diversity statement that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity in support of SFSU's diverse student and community populations. Please discuss how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service

6. Names and contact information of no fewer than three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Review of applications will begin on December 1st, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct all questions about the position to: Raul Contreras III (, Administrative Office Coordinator, School of Engineering, San Francisco State University.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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