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Teaching-Track Faculty Position
Multiple Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions as well as an Assistant Teaching Professor (non-tenure track) position with a focus on teaching students pursuing undergraduate and masters level degrees. Initial appointments are anticipated to be made at the rank of Assistant Professor, but appointments at the ranks of Associate Professor or full Professor may be available for candidates having commensurate experience. Information on the department is available at

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three professional references, and research and teaching statements online at Teaching statements, typically one to two pages, should outline both experience and philosophy, as well as list courses of interest.

Applications should be submitted as a single .pdf document. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Tenure-Track Position Details:

Faculty candidates must have an earned doctorate in mechanical engineering or a closely aligned field. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct research at the highest level and to have a record of, or the promise for, outstanding teaching and supervision of students.  The search committee will consider faculty candidates having interest and expertise across a wide variety of research areas related to mechanical engineering. Research areas in which there may be particular interest include: 

  • Controls applied to contemporary technologies, including energy or robotic systems
  • Fundamentals of advanced manufacturing, including additive manufacturing
  • Robotics, including bio-inspired, milli/micro-scale, and medical/surgical

Candidates are expected to contribute to teaching our core undergraduate courses, electives, and graduate courses. We are especially looking for candidates with preparation and interests in teaching undergraduate courses in the dynamics systems and feedback controls areas.

Strong research statements, typically on the order of five pages, outline a compelling vision for a research program that ultimately goes beyond the applicant’s prior (typically PhD or post-doc) experience. Such statements include initial research projects that can be immediately pursued with graduate students, given the candidate’s current expertise, and for which external funding can realistically be sought. Statements also include a longer-term vision, with more ambitious plans, and may reference potential collaborators in the department and elsewhere at CMU.

Teaching-Track (Non-Tenure) Position Details:

We seek an enthusiastic and dynamic faculty member who wishes to focus on teaching engineering and offer a broad range of courses across mechanical engineering. In addition to required courses in the undergraduate program, it is expected that the new faculty member will offer a number of elective courses for undergraduate and masters students. The expected teaching responsibility for this position is the equivalent of six full courses per year (three each semester).  It is expected that the new faculty member will teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within the department, help to advise students (a requirement of all faculty members), and serve on department, college and university committees, among other activities as required. Applicants are required to hold a doctorate in mechanical engineering or a related field.

Applications for tenure track positions will be reviewed as they are received starting in September 2015 until positions are filled.

Review of applications for the teaching-track  position will begin on December 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Women and members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Carnegie Mellon University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D. 

Apply Online Here 

  • Submit materials in a single PDF file.
  • Paper applications are not accepted.