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Associate Professor or Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Date Posted Nov. 20, 2019
Title Associate Professor or Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI, United States
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Continuous
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2020
  • Associate Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Title: Associate Professor or Full Professor
Position Number: 82456
Hiring Unit: College of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering
Location: Manoa
Date Posted: November 18, 2019
Closing Date: Continuous – application review begins January 15, 2020
Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Monthly Type: 9 Month
Tenure Track: Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Temporary/Permanent: Permanent
Funding: General Funds

Other Conditions
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), College of Engineering (COE), Department of Mechanical Engineering, invites applications for a full-time, general funded, Associate or Full Professor position, who also has the capacity and skill set to serve as the departmental chair pending position clearance and availability of funds, to begin on August 1, 2020, or as soon thereafter as possible. Applicants should hold an equivalent rank for which they are applying. This position will be a 9-month faculty position. However, the Dean may also choose to appoint the successful candidate to an 11-month appointment as department chair for up to a three year period annually renewable at the Dean’s discretion; appointment will revert to 9-month upon end of term as chair.

The University of Hawai’i is a Carnegie R1 (i.e., highest research activity) doctoral university, which is recognized as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant university. Other units within the university include John A. Burns School of Medicine, Cancer Research Center, Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education (C-MORE), Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Ocean Resource Engineering (ORE), College of Natural Sciences, Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL), Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology (HIGP), School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), Information Technology Center, College of Social Sciences, Institute for Astronomy (IfA), and Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications in Design. The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering, and its undergraduate program is ABET accredited.

The department has active research programs in biomedical engineering, CFD, high-performance computing, microscale and nanoscale heat transfer, microfluidics, acoustics, boiling and two-phase flow, multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization, space and ocean science & exploration, aerospace engineering, robotics, UAS, AUV, dynamical and control systems, composites and nanocomposites, nanomaterials, micro/nano devices, nanomanufacturing, renewable energy, smart structures, corrosion, and tribology. For more information on the department, please visit

Duties and Responsibilities
As faculty
Teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering;

Develop externally funded research programs and research collaborations that result in publications in leading scholarly journals;

Present research work in leading scholarly conferences;

Supervise undergraduate and graduate students and independent study activities;

Teach via various distance delivery modes as required;

Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as appropriate, including committees in charge of candidates for advanced degrees;

Render service to the professional or lay community that is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty;
Participate in curriculum development activities including the development of curricular materials, laboratory materials, and special instructional methods; and

Perform related tasks as assigned.

As chair, if appointed (in addition to faculty duties)
Administer the Department of Mechanical Engineering with 19 faculty and 3 staff members, including managing operating budget, personnel actions, curriculum development, course scheduling, teaching assignments, and academic advising;

Undertake programs for development and fundraising campaigns, alumni relations, external communication, and community engagement;

Develop opportunities for collaborative projects with industry partners, and craft meaningful work opportunities for students through internships and employment;

Establish and maintain relationships with industries; and

Establish and maintain student exchange programs with other universities, particularly those in Asia and the Pacific.

Minimum Qualifications
An earned doctorate in mechanical engineering or a closely related field from a college or university of recognized standing;

Experience at the rank of tenured associate or full professor or equivalent and a research record commensurate with the rank;

Strong background in one or more of mechanical engineering disciplines;

Demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels;

Documented scholarly achievement, such as a record of publications in scholarly journals and leading roles in research projects commensurate with the rank;

Experience in securing extramural research funding;

Strong leadership skills and established record of providing leadership to university faculty and staff in an academic setting; and

Ability to communicate effectively with others.

Desirable Qualifications
Three years or more post-tenure experience at a research-intensive academic institution;

Established record of participation or leadership in national/international academic organizations;

Scholarly experience in emerging and cross-disciplinary research areas;

Supervisory administrative experience that includes managing budgets;

Demonstrated ability to promote the professional development of faculty and staff;

Demonstrated ability in assessing academic programs;

Familiarity with ABET processes and procedures; and

Demonstrated ability in establishing interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaborations.

To Apply
Applicants should follow the instructions at the following website to electronically submit their materials:

The applicant should submit (1) a cover letter specifying the position and the research area(s); (2) a statement on research interests, activities, and plans; (3) a statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans; (4) a statement on leadership skills and plans; (5) a curriculum vitae detailing research and teaching accomplishments; (6) copies of up to four relevant publications; (7) a copy of external citation report (preferably via Web of Science); and (8) the names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of at least four professional references (for short listed applicants, the committee will solicit letters of recommendation from these professional references).

Dr. Lloyd Hihara ( and Dr. Weilin Qu (, Interim Co-Chairs of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

  • EEO/AA, Clery Act, ADA
    The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

    Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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    Accommodation Request: The University of Hawai’i complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the EEO coordinator directly. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. For further information, please refer to the following link:

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Lloyd Hihara and Dr. Weilin Qu
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
    2540 Dole Street
    Holmes Hall 302
    Honolulu, HI 96822
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