003780-2017 - Assistant/Associate Professor - Mechanics/Materials

The School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University has a full-time opening at its West Lafayette, Indiana Campus, beginning no later than August 2018. This tenure-track position may be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

Principal Duties

The Purdue Polytechnic transformation requires faculty with both high technical competence and the ability and desire to teach in active classrooms. We are looking for candidates to teach students in our Mechanical Engineering Technology program with strengths in the application of mechanics and materials in advanced and sustainable manufacturing. Expertise in computing in relation to these fields is highly desirable.

In addition to teaching and research, the candidate will be expected to aid in curriculum development for the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs, providing depth in kinematics, dynamics, and engineering materials. The candidate will need to participate in our graduate program, teaching new and existing classes and mentoring graduate students in funded research.

The candidate is expected to be able to generate fundable research in their chosen field, and to be able to sustainably support graduate students. Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the application of mechanics and/or materials to advanced manufacturing technologies and product development, additive manufacturing, and mechatronic co-design, especially in conjunction with existing initiatives around Robotics and the Internet of Things (RIoT).

The candidate is expected to be able to interface with external clients and to establish relationships through our Office of Engagement with companies looking for ways to engage with our students. This may take the form of mentoring senior capstone teams as well as graduate research.


Applicants must have a PhD in engineering technology, engineering, computer science, or a related discipline. This position requires the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing for both classroom effectiveness and external engagement. People with the proven ability to contribute to an inclusive workplace are particularly encouraged to apply. Relevant, recent industrial experience and prior teaching experience are highly desirable.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Purdue Polytechnic Institute is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty and staff effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a cover letter, indicating how their past experiences, current interests and activities, and/or future goals could promote a work climate that values inclusion.

Application Procedure

Submission should include 1) a cover letter stating the position and location being applied for, 2) a resume or CV, 3) a clear statement of teaching and research interests, 4) a statement addressing inclusivity, and 5) the names of three references. All applications should be submitted to: soetsearch@purdue.edu, with the subject line: Mechanics / Materials Position | West Lafayette | Posting #003780-2017.

Screening will begin January 1, 2018 and conclude when the position is filled. 

A background check is required for employment in this position. 

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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