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Professor - Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Jul. 21, 2022
Title Professor - Mechanical & Materials Engineering
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Professor - Mechanical & Materials Engineering


Mechanical Engineering Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department (MME) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks applicants for a faculty position in the physical metallurgy area at the associate or full professor level. Responsibilities for the position include serving as the Director of the Center for Heat Treating Excellence at WPI ( The candidate will be expected to establish at WPI an active externally funded research program in areas of interest including (but not limited to) mechanical and thermal processing of materials and processing-structure-properties relationships. Consistent with WPI's reputation for balancing excellence in teaching and research, the candidate will also teach undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical and materials engineering. A PhD or equivalent in Metallurgical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering or a related area and extensive knowledge and experience in Heat Treating of Metals (Steels, Aluminum, Titanium and/or Super alloys) and Surface Engineering Processes is required.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and/or commitment to do so as an employee at WPI


The successful candidate will:

  • Be qualified to support excellence in teaching both graduate and undergraduate students as well as conducting research and supervising graduate students in heat treating and surface engineering.

  • Be a well-respected physical metallurgist with in-depth knowledge of the thermodynamics, kinetics and phase transformations of heat treatment and surface engineering of steels and other alloys.

  • Be capable of leading WPI's Center for Heat Treating Excellence to support and develop industrial and academic partnerships associated with the Center's projects and programs.

  • Be capable of working with stakeholders in the heat-treating industry to create long term objectives, goals and programs for the Center aligned with industry needs.

  • Be capable of leading large interdisciplinary teams with a focus on materials processing and manufacturing.

    The Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department at WPI ( has 28 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 8 full-time teaching faculty and offers undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and materials science to over 900 students. The department offers graduate degrees in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, and manufacturing engineering to over 250 graduate students. The department's annual externally sponsored research expenditures have exceeded $12M.

    WPI, as a highly selective, private technological university and one of the nation's first, believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low-faculty members, students, and other partners work together on the real-world projects and purposeful research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. The university's campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation.

    Applications should include curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and a list of five professional references.

    WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

    This search will remain open until the position is filled. Questions can be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Brajendra Mishra at

    WPI requires employees to be fully-vaccinated (including a booster shot) for COVID-19. For additional information on WPI's response to COVID-19, refer to

    United States of America (Exempt)

    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

    To apply, visit:

    About WPI
    WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

    Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
    WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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