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Job ID: 127541

Washington State University

Date Posted Aug. 12, 2019
University Washington State University
Pullman, WA, United States
Department School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Robotics
    Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Engineering - Other

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) at Washington State University invites applications from outstanding candidates for multiple tenure-track/tenured positions at any rank.

Candidates with research interests in all areas of Mechanical Engineering will be considered, but priority will be given to candidates whose research interests align with the priorities of the School, specifically: Robotics/Machine learning and Manufacturing/Design. The specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: automation and control in next-generation manufacturing technologies, machine learning in measurement and control, agricultural robotics, design for additive manufacturing, micro/nano-manufacturing or a related area of advanced manufacturing.

MME has an ambitious goal to grow its engagement in the area of autonomous controls with multiple hires in the next few years, and by leveraging its strong ties with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering through collaborative efforts. MME has significant facilities and engagement in additive manufacturing and design, and intends to further strengthen this. It is expected that the successful candidates will collaborate with the current faculty to play leading roles in building strong, externally-funded interdisciplinary research teams.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or a related field, excellent communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to collaborate with internal and external groups to build successful interdisciplinary teams with substantial externally-funded research portfolios. Successful applicants will be expected to play leadership roles in the respective areas, and be effective instructors for undergraduate and graduate classes in mechanical engineering. Candidates at the full Professor level must possess superior leadership skills and experience applicable to leading large research programs.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications should include a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position; curriculum vitae; statements of research interests and teaching philosophy; and the names of five references with titles, addresses, business telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. References will not be contacted without consent from applicants. The application must be submitted online at
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TIMELINE: Screening of applicants will begin October 1, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

ABOUT MME: The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering currently has about 40 instructional faculty members, 900 undergraduate students, 110 PhD students and 40 MS students. The current annual extramural research expenditure in MME is over $8 million. For more information about WSU and the School of MME, please visit our home page:

ABOUT WSU: Washington State University is one of the nation’s top 35 public research universities in both Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering, according to U.S. News and World Report. WSU is among 108 public and private universities in America recognized with the "very high research activity" categorization and among 240 universities and colleges nationwide to earn the "community engagement" classification from the Carnegie Foundation. Close collaborations exist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, and the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. WSU has excellent faculty-friendly policies, including a partner accommodation program.

ABOUT PULLMAN: With a population of 33,000, Pullman is a quintessential college town-one of the top 10 in the nation according to MSN’s 2012 report on the "Best College Towns in North America." Recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the "Best Place to Raise Kids" in Washington State, Pullman consistently boasts one of the top school districts in the state. Situated to the east of the Cascade Mountains, Pullman enjoys a dry four-season climate, with sunny, warm summers, relatively mild winters, and excellent access to outdoor recreational opportunities. To learn more about the Pullman community, visit:

  • WSU is an EEO/AA/ADA employer committed to providing equal opportunity without regard to national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, on-site childcare availability, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering and math (see These open positions are part of WSU’s priority to build a diverse faculty and, as such, female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Contact Information

  • School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
    Washington State University
    405 NE Spokane Street
    Pullman, WA 99164
  • 509-335-8654


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