The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison seeks candidates in polymer and composite processing and engineering to join their interdisciplinary advanced manufacturing group as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. We invite candidates with specializations in polymer processing, science, and engineering through analytical, experimental, and/or computational approaches to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who have expertise in the following broad areas:
1. Development of advanced manufacturing processes (e.g., injection molding, extrusion, additive manufacturing) and tools (e.g., artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, Industry 4.0) for polymers, polymer blends, polymer composites, elastomers, and/or multi-functional polymer materials.
2. Design of polymer materials that either (1) possess optimal properties and new functionalities arising from advanced manufacturing processes and/or (2) possess properties that enable manufacturability via advanced processes.
3. Additive and advanced manufacturing of new, stronger, lighter, and competitive polymers and polymer composite materials for applications ranging from energy, infrastructure, medical devices, transportation, and many other sectors.
4. Sustainable manufacturing and materials, including biopolymers and natural rubber, and/or recycling or upcycling processes of polymers/plastics using economically sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources and ensuring the safety and health of employees and consumers.
5. Development of new functional soft materials, particularly those based on dynamic polymer networks, via additive manufacturing. Building an adaptable, responsive, and intelligent material system by combining their distinct mechanical signature (derived from the intrinsic molecular-level processes) and complex 3D geometrical design (benefited from additive manufacturing) to achieve desirable material performance.
Candidates with expertise that spans these targeted areas and transcends the traditional boundaries of a single department are especially encouraged to apply.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering advances the mission of the College of Engineering to foster a respectful, diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering, mentoring graduate students and supervising their research; developing and directing an extramurally funded research program; participating in departmental and university faculty governance; and contributing to professional and public service.
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Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
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Preferred Terminal Degree PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Engineering, and Science, Materials Science and Engineering, or a closely related field, with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.
Candidates will have a demonstrated record of academic achievement such as peer-reviewed publications and grant awards appropriate for the early career, exceptional potential in establishing a world-class research program and a commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Anticipated Begin Date:
AUGUST 19, 2024
Negotiable ACADEMIC (9 months)
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the fast-growing departments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in terms of student enrollment and faculty hiring. The Department offers and fosters a transdisciplinary research and educational environment and provides the infrastructure to address grand technological challenges. Current research areas include advanced materials design and manufacturing; energy, sustainability, and environment; engineering healthcare and biomechanics; intelligent systems and communication; engineering mechanics; control, robotics, and autonomous systems; advanced sensing, analysis, and characterization; and computer-aided engineering. New research directions will continue to be launched and nurtured within the Department.
How to Apply:
Please apply directly to the website by clicking on "Apply Now". Upload a SINGLE PDF document containing a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) including a complete list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants should include a maximum three-page research statement and a one-page teaching statement describing how the applicant's research and teaching goals fit the solicitation described above.
The deadline for assuring full consideration is December 20, 2023. However, this position will remain open and applications may be considered until this position is filled.
Employment will require an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. To be considered, applicants must upload a signed 'Authorization to Release Information' form as part of the application. The authorization form and a definition of 'misconduct' can be found here: https://hr.wisc.edu/institutional-reference-check/
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.