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Assistant Professor
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Dec. 6, 2019
Title Assistant Professor
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Jan. 31, 2020
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing Processes)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Northern Illinois University

The Department of Mechanical Engineering ( within the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) anticipates hiring a tenure-track faculty position with specialization in manufacturing processes at the level of assistant professor rank starting August 2020.

The department offers degrees from B.S. to Ph.D. and currently has 17 faculty members, about 565 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students. The NIU engineering program is ranked at 38 by the U.S. News and World Report for Engineering Programs (with no doctorates).

Position Description: The Assistant Professor is expected to serve as a vibrant instructor for both undergraduate and graduate courses, conduct externally funded research, publish in archival journals, supervise undergraduate and graduate students in engaged and experiential learning programs, collaborate with regional stake holders, and expand partnership with industry. The research agenda of the faculty member should expand the department portfolio in manufacturing processes including potential areas such as digital manufacturing methods, intelligent material processing, additive manufacturing methods using classical or hybrid materials, conventional manufacturing processes, metrology and inspection methods for production quality, data-driven computational methods, multi-scale modeling of manufacturing processes, or other related topics.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or related fields is required by the time of appointment.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process: Applications should be uploaded to the university applicant tracking system here ( Applicants should upload the following materials to the university applicant tracking system:
1. Application letter summarizing their qualifications;
2. Statement of teaching philosophy including applications of pedagogy (not exceeding 2 pages);
3. Concise research plan related to their specialization with short-term objectives along with broader impact of the overall work (not exceeding 3 pages);
4. Curriculum vitae of professional development that includes contact information for at least three references.

Preference will be given to complete applications received by January 31, 2020; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For more information or questions, contact Jennie Peterson at 815-753-9976, or

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to inform applicants that NIU can only employ U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of employment. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying identity and right to accept employment. In addition, applicants who are selected for interviews who hold Ph.D. degrees from non-U.S. academic institution(s), degree credentials (i.e., transcripts and other academic records) that do not conform to standard U.S. format must undergo a course-by-course evaluation by the World Evaluation Services (WES), or another organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, as part of the application packet. Also, if the official transcript(s) and other academic records are not in English, then they must be accompanied by a notarized translation. All costs associated with the evaluation service and notarization is covered by the applicant. In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will also conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification documentation upon hire.

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    It has been and shall continue to be the official policy and the commitment of NIU to further equal employment opportunities for all persons, among others, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability. NIU’s EEO policy, as well as its affirmative action obligations, includes the full and complete support of the university.

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Contact Information

  • Jeannie E Peterson
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Northern Illinois Univervisty
    590 Garden Road
    DeKalb, IL 60115
  • 815-753-9976


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