The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an anticipated start date of as early as January 2023, and no later than August 2023. The position will have a 25% joint appointment in the Advanced Structures and Composites Center to support a new Factory of the Future research initiative focused on large format digital manufacturing.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an ABET accredited BS program with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 500 students, the largest in the University of Maine System. The Department’s MS and PhD degree programs have a graduate enrollment of over 60 students, the largest in the College of Engineering. In addition to the undergraduate and graduate concentrations in Aerospace, the Department offers graduate concentrations in Smart Manufacturing, Robotics & Mechantronics, and Offshore Wind Energy. The faculty are very active in research and scholarly pursuits with over $6M in new awards, including three NSF CAREER awards, in FY22. The faculty also teach courses that support interdisciplinary minors in several areas including Robotics and Renewable Energy Engineering, as well as a certificate in Composite Materials and Structures. Starting in Fall 2022, the Department will be housed in the brand-new Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center, a 115,000 sf, $78M state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facility on the UMaine campus in Orono.
With over 300 faculty, staff and students housed in a 100,000 sf lab, the ASCC is the largest university-based research Center in the state of Maine. The ASCC is planning construction of a 78,000 sf – 92,000 sf addition which will house the research Factory of the Future (FoF). The FoF will be a first-of-its-kind testbed for digital flexible manufacturing. The FoF will include AI-enabled arrays of additive, subtractive, and hybrid synchronous robotic manufacturing systems, with Q/A Q/C enabled by real-time sensing and High-Performance Computing (HPC). Work inside of the FoF will include research on the manufacturing and testing of large new systems made from bio-based and other advanced materials, focusing on a unique integration of highly flexible (e.g., robotic, interchangeable end effectors) digital manufacturing processes with non-contact sensing and real-time, closed-loop feedback from the HPC system. An added advantage is that this faculty hire is one of the four new faculty cluster hires supporting the ASCC and the FoF initiative.
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The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
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A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, or a closely related field by date of hire.
A well-documented record of high-quality research in large-scale manufacturing systems, their design, and automation.
Evidence of a strong potential for obtaining extramural funding and supporting graduate students.
Evidence of a strong potential for teaching excellence, and capability to develop and teach manufacturing and/or controls related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Excellent communication skills and teamwork ability.
A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service.
Desired areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Design of large-scale additive manufacturing systems; self-aware machine/collaborative robots; controls co-design and artificial intelligence applied to manufacturing system automation.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:
1) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position 2) a resume/curriculum vitae 3) teaching philosophy 4) research statement 5) contact information for three professional references
You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
Search Timeline is as follows: Review of applications to begin: September 15, 2022 Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: October 1, 2022 On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: October 15, 2022 Tentative start date: January 1, 2023, and no later than August 28, 2023
Appropriate background checks are required.
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