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Job ID: 168686

Advanced Manufacturing Faculty
Virginia Tech

Date Posted Oct. 1, 2021
Title Advanced Manufacturing Faculty
University Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Review Date November 8, 2021
Position Start Date Fall 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering - Other

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position
in the area of Advanced Manufacturing. The appointment is open to all ranks (Assistant, Associate, or Professor
level), and begins in the 2022 academic year. This position is targeted to fulfill part of a coordinated team hiring
effort that spans multiple departments across the College of Engineering for a new initiative focused on future
manufacturing and construction engineering. Of particular interest are candidates with expertise that can integrate
strongly with a well-established interdisciplinary team of faculty focused on research at the convergence of
Industry 4.0 technologies. The priority area of hiring for this position is in research areas that contribute to the
future of manufacturing. Specific research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: cybermanufacturing,
physics-informed machine learning, digital twin methodologies, smart sensing for manufacturing, additive and
hybrid manufacturing, high-performance materials processing, and design optimization for manufacturing.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering (, which includes a Nuclear Engineering
Program, has 68 faculty, 33 affiliate faculty, annual research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment
of about 140 doctoral student,140 Master students, and nearly 1200 undergraduate students. The Department is
ranked 17th (10th in public schools) and 17th (9th in public schools) out of all mechanical engineering departments
in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2021 U.S. News and World Report.
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the
Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia
Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech
actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The
College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 13th and graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S.
engineering schools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students
to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity,
perseverance and stewardship.

Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country’s
best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C., area offer unique proximity to government
and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech’s exciting new Innovation Campus in
Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of
university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the
Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College-level centers such as the Rolls-
Royce University Technology Center (UTC) and the state-level Commonwealth of Virginia Center for Aerospace
Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS) and the Commonwealth
Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related field, a strong record of
academic accomplishments and a proven ability to work collaboratively; experience with and commitment to
interdisciplinary research and instruction and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex
technical and societal challenges. The successful candidate will be responsible for mentoring graduate and
undergraduate students, teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and developing a strong
externally sponsored research program. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction
check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination
exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Applicants must apply online at (job number 517688): application materials will include a cover letter,
curriculum vitae, a statement discussing teaching, research, and professional goals. a statement on contributions
to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for at least three references. Review of
applications will commence on November 8, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the
position should be directed to Dr. Chris Williams at For assistance submitting the application please
contact Ms. Diana Israel (540) 231-6424.

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s Commitment to increase faculty, staff and student diversity; to
ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and
service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized
structures. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age,
color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information,
national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate
against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation
of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. If you are an individual with a disability
and need an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Services Center at
or at (540) 231-9331 at least 10 days prior to the event.

  • Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation, is committed to diversity, and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates. Questions concerning discrimination should be directed to the Office for Equity and Access. 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 ( and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Virginia Tech responds to the needs of dual-career couples and has policies in place to provide flexibility for faculty careers. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech!

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Chris Williams
    Mechanical Engineering
    Virginia Tech
    635 Prices Fork Rd
    445 Goodwin Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061


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