The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut is growing the faculty to develop existing strengths of the Department and expand in exciting new directions. This year, the University of Connecticut's Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for two tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the general area of thermal-fluid sciences. We seek outstanding candidates to introduce novel directions and complement the strengths of the Department in areas including but not limited to heat and mass transfer including energy systems and processes, materials processing, reacting systems; computational fluid dynamics including fluid-structure interactions, turbulence and hypersonic flows; micro- and nano-fluidics including biological applications, soft matter mechanics and complex fluids.
The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, and have demonstrated outstanding scholarly contributions in research as well as a passion for engineering education.
Furthermore, successful candidates will also be expected to enhance inclusion and broaden participation among members of under-represented groups as demonstrated through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement; strengthen the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
In addition, candidates in mechanical engineering or related engineering fields whose scholarship and background are well aligned with entrepreneurship, commercialization, and economic development are particularly encouraged to apply for additional tenure-track positions at all ranks. Such candidates, in addition to excellence in their field of expertise, must demonstrate a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur or technology innovator.
The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department at the University of Connecticut provides a vibrant, stimulating, and supportive environment for exchanging ideas that advance the frontiers of knowledge. Our faculty have international stature in their fields, have been recognized by prestigious awards, are engaged in groundbreaking interdisciplinary research, and actively pursue a dynamic educational atmosphere for our students. The ME Department serves as a UTC Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence, has a yearly research expenditure range between $5 and 7 million, and has a student population comprised of over 170 graduate students and more than 900 undergraduate students.
The School of Engineering continues a momentum of unprecedented growth, evidenced by significantly increased research expenditures, transformative new partnerships with industry, and a state-bonded $1.8B investment in STEM infrastructure and education at the University of Connecticut. Key developments driving this growth also include the establishment in 2013 of a General Electric Partnership for Advanced Materials, Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, FEI Center of Excellence in Microscopy, Eversource Center for Energy Resiliency, and UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering.
Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state's flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective
The state is home to a large number of international, high technology companies. The University campus is located in a beautiful area of New England, with a moderate cost of living and proximity to major cultural, recreational and urban centers of the Northeast. The University community offers residents a rich diversity of cultural, athletic, artistic, and historic experiences as well as affordable quality housing and top schools for faculty families.
Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment; strong background and research interests in at least one of the areas identified above; a record of or demonstrated potential in scholarship and in establishing a successful, externally funded research program; a proven record of or commitment to excellence in teaching; and commitment to enhance inclusion and broaden participation among members of under-represented groups, as demonstrated through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement, to strengthen the richness of diversity in the learning experience, integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools, and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
Demonstrated outstanding scholarly contributions in research; passion for engineering education; experience in developing research grant applications to funding agencies; experience in conducting research in a competitive interdisciplinary research environment.
These are full-time, 9-month, tenure-track positions with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
Sample journal articles or books
Names and contact information for five (5)letters of reference.
Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. For further information or questions, please send an email to Tina.Barry@uconn.edu.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
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