Michigan State University Assistant Professor in Solid Mechanics

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a tenure-system position at the Assistant Professor level with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2022. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, engineering mechanics or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Additionally, applicants must be able to teach in the areas of solid mechanics at the undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g., statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics). The Department is looking for a highly motivated individual who can complement current strengths and expertise within the department. Candidates with interests and demonstrated background in any area of mechanical engineering research are encouraged to apply. Those who conduct research in Mechanical Engineering that enhance or are related to aspects of inclusion and equity are of high interest.

Mechanical Engineering at MSU has strong interdisciplinary research and educational programs with annual expenditures of approximately $8 Million. Our faculty have two prestigious Fellows of the AIMBE, as well as 9 Fellows of the ASME. Our faculty have numerous accolades including NSF CAREER awards, AFOSR awards and recognition for programs of diversity and outstanding teaching. We have approximately 200 graduate students and 1500 undergraduate students. Ongoing research within the Mechanical Engineering Department includes but is not limited to: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Biomechanics, Combustion, Control, Design, Dynamics, Energy, Fluid Dynamics, Machine Learning, Robotics, Solid Mechanics, Sustainability, and Thermal Transport, among others. Tenure-system faculty are expected to establish a vibrant, sustainable, and internationally visible research program; make significant scholarly contributions to their discipline; be an effective teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students; engage in institutional and professional service as well as public outreach. The successful candidate will also be capable of teaching mechanical engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Other qualifications include strong leadership and interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, an ability to work in a collaborative research environment, and a commitment to promoting and embracing diversity. MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is adjacent to the city of East Lansing and the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 470,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. Michigan State University is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual-career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU’s dual-career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/. Information about WorkLife at MSU and the College of Engineering can be found at https://worklife.msu.edu/ and https://www.egr.msu.edu/about/resources/faculty-staff/worklife-at-engineering. Interested individuals should submit an application for this position through http://careers.msu.edu and refer to posting #750802. Applicants must submit 1) a detailed resume, 2) a cover letter summarizing their qualifications, 3) vision statement for teaching, 4) vision statement for research, 5) a statement regarding diversity that discusses the applicant’s philosophy toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion as it applies to their research (if applicable), teaching and mentoring, and 6) the names and contact information for at least three professional references. Data indicates a paucity of underrepresented minorities and women faculty in mechanical engineering; individuals in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Application review will begin after January 2, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until the position is filled. Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair by email at mefacsearch@egr.msu.edu. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or protected veteran status.

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/. Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.