ME Faculty Opening

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track position with a particular interest in the area of low temperature plasmas or heat transfer beginning fall 2021.

We are seeking a faculty candidate who complements current departmental expertise and who plans to grow strategic synergistic collaborations within the Department and the University. Applicants are expected to hold, or complete by fall 2021, a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (or a closely related discipline) and have demonstrated the potential to conduct a vigorous and innovative research program as evidenced by their publication record and supporting letters from recognized leaders in the field. The ability to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels to a diverse group of engineering students is required. The candidate’s expertise and documented research and teaching activities must demonstrate a strong potential to enhance the department’s research and teaching missions.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering values and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We strongly encourage underrepresented minority and women candidates to apply.
We further welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

ME by the numbers

Welcome to UMN ME! Our dynamic department is home to 43 faculty, 300 graduate students, and 560+ undergraduate students — one of the largest undergraduate student populations at the U.

Research in the department addresses the needs of the future, and includes applications to energy, environment & sustainability, human health, manufacturing and robotics & mobility. The Department is part of the College of Science and Engineering, a highly interdisciplinary college comprised of 12 departments covering engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics. The College and the University actively encourage and provide resources for interdisciplinary research collaboration through a broad variety of internal funding mechanisms and college-level institutes.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations. 


Please submit the following documents via Interfolio:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current CV
  3. Statement of research vision
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests
  5. At least three letters of reference, signed and on official letterhead

Applicants are encouraged to include an optional diversity statement describing demonstrated and future commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion in scholarship, teaching, mentoring, service and engagement. To receive full consideration, these materials, including the reference letters, must be received by January 1, 2021. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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