ME Faculty Opening — Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer


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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications to a full-time, tenured or tenure-track position beginning in the fall of 2022 in thermodynamics and heat transfer.  

Candidates with expertise in the following fundamental and application domains of thermal transport are encouraged to apply: multi-scale and multi-mode transport, thermodynamics and thermal transport in energy conversion and energy storage systems, analysis and design of thermal-mechanical systems, thermal management and regulation in devices, bioheat transfer, and applications of the thermal sciences to renewable energy systems. We are seeking a faculty member who complements current expertise in our department and will grow strategic synergistic collaborations within our department and the university. We primarily seek candidates at the assistant professor level; however, senior tenured appointments are possible for exceptionally qualified candidates.


Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in mechanical engineering (or a closely related discipline) by the date of appointment. The successful candidate is expected to have the potential to conduct a vigorous and innovative research program. This candidate is expected to have the ability to effectively teach graduate and undergraduate level courses to a diverse group of engineering students. The candidate’s research and teaching activities should enhance the department’s research and teaching missions.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering values and is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. For this position, we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse community and particularly from persons in groups that are underrepresented in mechanical engineering. We further welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

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 2021

Welcome to UMN ME! Our dynamic department is home to 43 faculty members, 333 graduate students, and 488 undergraduate students — one of the largest undergraduate student populations at the U.

UMN ME provides a high quality student experience founded on a research integrated education, with learning opportunities that capitalize on the unique aspects of our department and state. Our research encompasses all areas of mechanical engineering and addresses societal challenges in the areas of energy transition, environment and sustainability, human health, next-generation manufacturing, and robotics and mobility. The department is part of the College of Science and Engineering, a highly interdisciplinary college comprised of 12 departments covering engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science. The college and the University actively encourage and provide resources for interdisciplinary research collaborations.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering 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 including a complete listing of all publications
  3. Statement of research vision
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests
  5. At least three letters of reference from recognized leaders in the field, 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 December 15, 2021. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


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