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Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty Positions
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Date Posted Aug. 6, 2019
Title Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty Positions
University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering More About This Department...
Application Deadline Nov. 1, 2019
Position Start Date Aug. 10, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Robotics
    Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Engineering Mechanics
    Energy Technology
    Engineering - Other
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for five faculty positions in the general areas listed below. These are tenure-track at the Assistant and Associate Professor level as designated below.

1.     Open Area Faculty Position (Open Rank): We invite nominations and applications for an endowed/chaired full professor position. Seeking an exceptionally accomplished scholar with a demonstrated record of extraordinary scholarly achievements, substantial sponsored research, and excellent teaching/advising and service who will create new initiatives within the department and will align the department’s research expenditure with top tiered peer institutions. This position will be open to all areas of Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering. Joint or courtesy appointment with other departments such as AOE or BEAM are possible depending on the qualifications. Job number 510602. Search committee chair: Prof. Saied Taheri (

2.     Robotics and Autonomous Systems (Assistant or Associate Professor level): The successful candidate for this position will have expertise in any emerging field of Robotics and Autonomous systems with emphasis on areas including but not limited to surgical, micro-nano robotics, human-machine interaction, machine learning, bio-inspired and bio-hybrid robotics, social robotics, and synthetic biology which are complementary to already existing expertise in the Department. Within the aforementioned areas, the selection criteria will place more emphasis on the strength of the scholarship and less on the specific area of the candidate. We seek the strongest candidates in these areas with experience in theory, modeling, computation, experimentation or a combination thereof. Job number 510600. Search committee chair: Prof. Alexander Leonessa (

3.     Design, Materials, and Manufacturing (DMM) (seeking to fill three positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor levels). We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise that integrate strongly with an interdisciplinary team of faculty engaged at the intersection of advanced design, manufacturing, and materials research. Job number 510603.Search committee chair: Prof. Chris Williams ( Applicants must clearly indicate in their cover letter to which one of the three subareas of DMM they are applying:

1.     Design, Materials, and Manufacturing (DMM): - with emphasis across all areas of design theory & methodology, design automation, and multi-scale modeling; seeking candidates that integrate strongly with an interdisciplinary team of faculty engaged at the intersection of advanced manufacturing and materials research (multidisciplinary design analysis, topology optimization, design for manufacturing, computer-aided design, systems engineering, materials modeling and design).

2.      Design, Materials, and Manufacturing (DMM): - with emphasis across all areas of advanced manufacturing and materials processing technologies (metals, ceramics, and composites); seeking candidates with expertise in metal Additive Manufacturing processes, hybrid manufacturing processes, and design and fabrication of metamaterials.

3. Design, Materials, and Manufacturing (DMM): with emphasis in areas related to modeling, manufacturing, and materials for energy systems; seeking candidates with expertise in energy storage technologies, battery technology from a manufacturing perspective that encompasses the automation of the materials, mechanical, and chemical processes involved, and structure-property-process relationships of materials for energy applications.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. We are seeking outstanding candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and developing an internationally recognized research program.

Qualified applicants must electronically submit the online application at to the appropriate posting number given above. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles, a one-page research statement, a brief statement on teaching preferences, a statement of your plans and contributions to diversity and inclusivity at VT, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. Review of applications for all positions will begin on November 1, 2019 and will continue until the positions are filled.

  • Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (

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