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Research Assistant Professor, Non-tenure Track, Renewable
The University of Alabama

Date Posted Jul. 16, 2020
Title Research Assistant Professor, Non-tenure Track, Renewable
University The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Sep. 30, 2020
Position Start Date Availbe Immediately
  • Research Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama ( invites qualified candidates for a non-tenured track, renewable contract position as Research Assistant Professor. This position requires a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related engineering field, and background and experience in combustion with focus on internal combustion engines (ICEs): preferred knowledge includes experimental background in combustion experiments at high-pressures including skills to perform engine dynamometer tests. Knowledge of thermal-fluid instrumentation, emissions measurements, data acquisition systems, engine control units, and ability to program hardware and analyze experimental data is necessary. Familiarity with optical diagnostics techniques for flow and species measurements is desirable, and computational experience and background to perform high-performance, multi-dimensional CFD analysis of ICEs. An ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of commercial codes such as CONVERGE CFD and ANSYS FLUENT, and/or open-source code OPEN FOAM. The candidate is expected to be well-versed in formulating turbulence and chemical kinetics models and implementing them in CFD codes to investigate auto-ignition, combustion, and emissions behavior of fossil and alternative fuels.

Additional Position Information:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or a closely related field by the date of appointment. Industrial and/or post-doctoral experience is desirable. Applicants must be US citizen or permanent residents of the US, and must qualify as a US person. Applicants must demonstrate the potential to strengthen the research program in the engine/combustion area, collaborate effectively with other faculty in the Engines and Combustion Laboratory (ECL), work with graduate and undergraduate students in various combustion/engine related research projects, and the ability to independently secure external research funding from various federal agencies and other sources.

Information about ME Department, COE and University of Alabama:
Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) has established strong track record and strengths in Engines and Combustion area as evident by the growing number of faculty, and externally-funded research programs. Engine and Combustion Laboratory (ECL) in ME is modern state-of-the-art 12,000 sq-ft facility representing a $20M investment. ECL houses six test cells for fundamental combustion and applied engines research. ECL facilities include test cells for a large engine dynamometer, a chassis dynamometer, a single cylinder research engine, and test cells for automotive, gas turbine, and industrial combustion.

With a total annual sponsored program awards of about $6 million, ME is home to several federally/state-funded centers. The ME has over 1,650 undergraduate and 130 graduate students in M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The present faculty size of 32 is expected to significantly grow over the next several years through other planned faculty hires. The ME is one of the seven departments in the UA’s fully accredited College of Engineering which has over 6,000 students and home to over 170 tenured or tenure-track faculty. The College occupies well over a half million square feet of state-of-the-art facilities, including the $300M Shelby Engineering and Science Quadrangle completed in 2014 and the newly reopened $22M renovated HM Comer.

Established in 1831, The University of Alabama (UA) currently enrolls over 37,000 students and employs over 2,000 full and part-time faculty members in thirteen colleges and schools. In 1837, UA became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, the UA is one of the fastest growing flagship universities in the nation. The University of Alabama is ranked among the top 60 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings for more than a decade. The University is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with a metropolitan population of over 200,000.

Application Submission Process:
Applicants should apply online at, requisition 0812242. Required application documents include a letter of application, a detailed CV, statements of research background and interests, and a list of at least 3 professional references.

Inquiries about the position or additional information should be addressed to Dr. Ajay K. Agrawal, Robert F. Barfield Endowed Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, via email at or calling (205) 348-4964. Review of applications will begin on or before November 1, 2019 but will continue until the positions are filled.

  • The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Ajay Agrawal
    Mechanical Engineering
    The University of Alabama
    Box 870276
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
  • 205-348-4964


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