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Tenure-track Assistant Professors (3 positions available)

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Penn State has openings for three new tenure-track Assistant Professors, though exceptional faculty at higher ranks may be considered. ESM’s strategic research areas are aligned with those of the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine, the Materials Research Institute, and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Applicants are sought with interdisciplinary interests in areas related to computational and experimental mechanics; infrastructure integrity; nano and bionano science and engineering; electronic, optical, and photonic materials and devices; advanced manufacturing techniques; energy harvesting as well as energy-efficient materials and processes (e.g. artificial synthesis); engineered biomimicry; human health and biomedicine; and neural engineering.

The ESM Department comprises 29 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 2 fixed-term faculty, 11 affiliated graduate faculty, and 130 graduate students. Introduced in 1956, the undergraduate Engineering Science program (130 students) is the Honors program for the College of Engineering, requiring a senior research and design thesis. Faculty research emphasizes the intersection of disciplines, particularly in emerging areas. 

A Ph.D. in an engineering science-related discipline, and evidence of outstanding scholarly accomplishments in research and education are required. Successful candidates will be expected to build an internationally-recognized research program, teach graduate and undergraduate courses, and engage in service across the University and to external professional communities.

Nominations and applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Screening of applicants will begin on September 15, 2016. Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statements of teaching and research interests, (4) two relevant publications, and (5) contact information for four references. Please submit these items electronically in one pdf file to job 66411 at

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523