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Tenure-track and teaching-track positions:


Multiple Tenure-Track Faculty Positions, Mechanical Engineering Department 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for tenure-track positions. We are strongly committed to all members of our community: students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is to inspire and educate engineers capable of pursuing fundamental engineering and scientific problems and important societal challenges. We strive to accomplish this with the highest dedication to quality, integrity, and respect for others. We are particularly interested in applicants who are committed to and have passion for a culturally diverse environment in research and teaching and who demonstrate a willingness to nurture the inclusive Carnegie Mellon environment. We are actively and purposefully committed to considering a diverse applicant pool in terms of gender, race, veteran status, and disability. Carnegie Mellon University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.

We have multiple positions open to candidates from a broad range of engineering backgrounds:

  • General Call: Consistent with the current breadth of departmental research, we welcome applicants with expertise across a wide variety of research areas related to mechanical engineering broadly defined and the ability to contribute synergistically to research activities in the department and university at large.
  • Targeted and Cross-Cutting Domains: We welcome applicants looking to address emerging challenges in particular fields both within and outside the traditional scope of mechanical engineering. These include dynamics and controls, advanced manufacturing, and fluid mechanics, as well cross-cutting efforts to integrate mechanical engineering disciplines with soft and bio-inspired robotics, human-machine interaction, medicine and medical technologies, machine learning, and data sciences.

Teaching: You are expected to contribute to teaching our core undergraduate courses, electives, and graduate courses. Tenure-track faculty carry a moderate teaching load that allows time for quality research and close involvement with students. We expect you to establish and grow a strong research program, contribute to our teaching mission, and show your real passion for mentoring and advising students.

Eligibility: We are seeking individuals who hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and have demonstrated dedication to our core values: scientific truth, creativity, quality, innovation, and engineering solutions. Faculty positions are primarily at the Assistant Professor level; however, appointments may be made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor depending on your qualifications.

Instructions to Apply: You should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references. Your application will also include three statements:

  • a research statement, typically on the order of five pages, outlines a compelling vision for a research program that ultimately goes beyond your prior (typically PhD or post-doc) experience. Your statement should include initial research projects that can be immediately pursued with graduate students, given your current expertise, and for which external funding can realistically be sought. Statements also should include a longer-term vision, with more far-reaching plans, and may reference potential collaborators in the department and elsewhere at CMU.
  • a teaching statement outlines both your experience and philosophy, as well as a list of courses you are interested in teaching.
  • a diversity statement outlines how you have contributed to, or plan to contribute to, diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Please visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/42252 to begin the process of submitting an application. Applications should be submitted as a single .pdf document.

Review of applications will begin immediately and all applications received by November 1 will be given full consideration; we encourage you to submit early. Paper applications will not be accepted. Women and members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

Teaching-Track Faculty Position, Mechanical Engineering Department

Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) invites applications for an open teaching track (non-tenure track) faculty position in the area of dynamic systems and controls. We are strongly committed to all members of our community: students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is to inspire and educate engineers capable of pursuing fundamental engineering and scientific problems and important societal challenges. We strive to accomplish this with the highest dedication to quality, integrity, and respect for others. We are particularly interested in applicants who are committed to and have a real passion for a culturally diverse environment, and demonstrate a willingness to nurture the inclusive Carnegie Mellon environment. We are actively and purposefully committed to considering a diverse applicant pool in terms of gender, race, veteran status, and disability. Carnegie Mellon University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.

The ME department consists of approximately 27 faculty, 400 undergraduate students, and 300 graduate students.

We seek an enthusiastic and dynamic teaching professor to teach a broad range of courses in the area of mechatronics, dynamic systems, and controls, and to enhance the educational experience of students more broadly both inside and outside the classroom. It is expected that you will teach a diverse set of students effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within the Department and contribute positively to the educational mission of the department.  The expected teaching responsibility for this position is the equivalent of six full courses per year (three each semester), although the teaching load may be reduced for substantial educational service contributions outside of the classroom, including, for example, advising student organizations, coordinating company involvement with student projects, and supervising student research projects.  In addition, you will help to advise students (a requirement of all faculty members), and serve on department, college and university committees, among other activities as required.

If you are interested, please submit:

  • a resume
  • a statement of teaching experience and philosophy
  • a list of courses you could teach effectively
  • at least three references
  • a diversity statement outlining how you have contributed to, or plan to contribute, to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Please visit: http://apply.interfolio.com/45253 to begin the process of submitting an application. Applications should be submitted as a single .pdf document.

Review of applications will begin immediately and all applications received by November 1 will be given full consideration; we encourage you to submit earlyPaper applications will not be accepted. Women and members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.