Job ID: 201052

Assistant Professor - IE

University of Alabama in Huntsville

  • Dec. 7, 2022
  • Open until filled
  • No later than August 15, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Industrial & Systems Engineering

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (ISEEM) at The University of  Alabama in Huntsville invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor with a start date in 2023, but no later than August 15, 2023. Candidates with exceptional qualifications in teaching, research, and service can be considered for higher appointments.  Duties include research, teaching, and service with a focus on interdisciplinary research.  We are looking for strong candidates with a solid methodological background in broad areas of industrial engineering, including but not limited to advanced manufacturing, simulation, nonlinear programming, continuous optimization, combinatorial optimization, global optimization, machine learning, game theory, algorithms, complexity theory, and statistical learning and data analytics.


The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a comprehensive university offering academic and research programs in the colleges of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering; Nursing; and Science.  The university has over 9,000 students coming from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as from 48 countries.  UAH received the highest research activity rating, “R1 – Very high research activity”, in the current update of the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education. The University of Alabama in Huntsville is adjacent to Cummings Research Park, which houses nearly 300 companies and 29,000 employees involved in technology research and development, making it the second-largest research park in the U.S. and fourth largest in the world.  It is also in close proximity to Redstone Arsenal, which is home to more than 75 federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Materiel Command, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile, and Space Intelligence Center, and a new $1B FBI campus. Within this environment, nearly 75% of UAH graduates remain in north Alabama upon graduation. For more information about UAH, see


The College of Engineering is comprised of five departments and has the largest enrollment of the university’s five academic colleges. The research focus in the college includes three of several National Academy of Engineering (NAE) grand challenge problems - secure cyberspace; restore and improve urban infrastructure; and engineer tools of scientific discovery.


The Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (ISEEM) Department offers BSIE, MSE, MSOR, and Ph.D. degrees. The Department has an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Our faculty currently consists of six tenure-track/tenured members, one clinical member, and one lecturer. Our student body includes approximately 150 undergraduate and 180 graduate students. Our faculty’s research interests include complex systems engineering and design, systems science, model-based systems engineering, incorporation of end-user models and simulations in systems, design preference communication in systems engineering, quality systems design and assessment, lean manufacturing, health systems, additive manufacturing, engineering management, applied statistics, and artificial intelligence/critiquing systems. In 2021, the department had over $4 million in research expenditures. Rapid growth in faculty, students, and research funding is intended in this field given the large engineering and scientific workforce of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the Redstone Arsenal, Cummings Research Park, and other area industries.


The Huntsville area is a culturally diverse community with a metropolitan area population of more than 400,000 and growing, making it the most populous city in Alabama. It also maintains one of the highest per capita incomes and standards of living in the Southeast. Known as the “Rocket City,” Huntsville has a major presence in technology, space, and defense industries, which allows the city to offer a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Huntsville has a high concentration of Ph.Ds., engineers, and STEM workers, and is recognized as a leading technology city with a rapidly expanding and diverse corporate ecosystem rich in innovation. Huntsville boasts a number of museums, historic sites, parks, and professional sports venues, including Huntsville Museum of Art, Burritt Museum and Park, EarlyWorks Children’s Museum, Alabama Constitution Village, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Monte Sano State Park, the U.S. Space, and Rocket Center, Minor League Baseball’s Toyota Field, and Propst Arena for professional hockey. Active downtown and mid-city arts and entertainment districts, including Broadway and symphony performances and a new outdoor amphitheater music venue, contribute to Huntsville’s vibrant cultural life. For more information about Huntsville and its convenient location with easy access to Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta, please visit U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Huntsville as the best place to live in 2022-2023 among the 150 most populous metro areas in the country.


JOB REQUIREMENTS:   Applicant qualifications should include: (a) a Ph.D. in industrial engineering or related field; (b) evidence of capability to establish a successful externally funded research program; (c) a strong commitment to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in a research university; (d) interest in working in a cross-disciplinary team environment across multiple academic and research units. The ability to obtain a security clearance would be beneficial. Work or research experience with application to manufacturing is also desirable.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Application material (in pdf format) including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of current research interests (1-2 pages), teaching philosophy (1-2 pages), a brief statement on how you would contribute towards creating an inclusive environment consistent with UAH’s core values (1 page), and the names of three references, should be sent to Please refer to the log number: 23-24-265.

  • Consistent with our core values of integrity, respect, diligence, excellence, inclusiveness, and diversity, the University strongly encourages applications from members of all under-represented groups. Consideration of applications will begin immediately, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

    The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of minorities/females/veterans/disabled.

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    University of Alabama in Huntsville
    301 Sparkman Drive
    Olin B. King Technology Hall, Room N143
    Huntsville, AL 35899
  • 256-824-6256

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