Assistant, Associate, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Position Title Assistant, Associate, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Department Mechanical Engineering

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University invites applications for two tenure-track/tenured positions effective as early as July 2018. We seek faculty members who will develop a dynamic and innovative independent research program and will excel in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels while embracing Rice’s culture of excellence and diversity. Excellence and scholarship in teaching and research are the primary selection criteria for a search in all areas of Mechanical Engineering, including robotics, solid mechanics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and controls. Applicants should have a PhD or ScD in Mechanical Engineering or a related field. The positions are open to applicants at the assistant, associate, or full professor level.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is ranked 25th by U.S. News and World Report. It is one of nine academic departments in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, which generates over $50 million in annual research expenditures, and has fifteen faculty members conducting research in areas such as aerospace, robotics, biomedical systems, thermal-fluids, mechanical design, tribology, and dynamics and controls. In addition to numerous collaborations across departments and schools within Rice, partnerships with other institutes include work with NASA to develop the next generation of space vehicles, and research with Texas Medical Center institutions into haptic devices for rehabilitation and new orthopedic materials.

The successful candidates for these positions will benefit from the resources, support, and multidisciplinary research environment fostered by Rice University’s Richard Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (, and the Energy and Environment Initiative (, among others.

Candidates should submit the following materials: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a statement of research interests (1- 2 pages); 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (1- 2 pages), and 3) a list of at least three references. Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2017, and continue until the positions are filled.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Education Required PhD or other Doctoral Degree
Specify Concentration / Degree Type
Education Preferred
Other Required Qualifications
Other Qualifications Preferred
Physical Demands

Requisition Details

Requisition Details

Requisition Number F18014
Open Date 09/19/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 10/16/2017
Desired Start Date 07/01/2018
Position Status Full-Time: 9 months
Benefits Eligible Yes
Special Instructions

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research Statement
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is your primary area of expertise?
    • robotics
    • solid mechanics
    • dynamics
    • fluid mechanics
    • heat transfer
    • controls
    • other
  2. Does your research have applications in:
    • data science
    • energy
    • molecular nanotechnology
    • biology/medicine