Open Rank in Mechanical Engineering

Rio Grande Valley
Mar 03, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites applications for one (1) open rank faculty position to start in the Fall 2017 semester. The ABET accredited ME program at UTRGV has an enrollment of over 840 undergraduate students and 59 master’s degree students with twenty six faculty. For further information, please visit our website at
Minimum Qualifications:  Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Natural Gas Engineering or a related field from an accredited university.  Candidates at the Assistant Professor level will be considered based on demonstrated potential to enhance the teaching, research capabilities of the Mechanical Engineering Department.  Determination of academic rank of Associate or Full Professor will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae. Applicants for each of these positions must have demonstrated evidence of leadership, skill in interdisciplinary research and collaboration along with an outstanding research program, including high-profile publications and a successful record of extramural funding. Candidates must meet the institutional requirements for tenure to be considered for the position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
All finalists for the position will be considered for an endowed chair position. The holder of an endowed chair will normally be a tenured faculty member with the rank of Full Professor who has had a distinguished career. In exceptional circumstances, a tenured Associate Professor, with a distinguished career may be appointed for the endowed chair position. Candidates for an endowed chair position must have a strong scholarly record and substantive evidence of a distinguished career, especially during the three to five years immediately preceding the nomination. A separate search committee will conduct the review of candidates for endowed chair position.
Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:  Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability (or a well-designed plan) to develop and maintain a funded research program and to lead multidisciplinary collaborative projects. The successful candidate will demonstrate having (or potential to) achieved excellence and balance in teaching, research and service, collaboration with faculty across disciplines and the ability to involve undergraduate students as well as graduate students in research activities.
Preferred Qualifications:  The highest consideration will be given to applicants who have expertise in the Natural Gas Systems, Petrochemical Pipelines, and general Thermo-Fluids science. The preferred candidate will show evidence of the ability to lead the development of a curriculum in petroleum related engineering as a focus area within Mechanical Engineering.
Salary:  Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Desired Start Date:  09/01/2017
EEO Statement:  UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.
Open Date:  02/10/2017
Additional Information:  UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
Special Instructions to Applicants:  All applications must be submitted via the UTRGV application portal at If you are applying for the first time please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application. Review of materials will begin on March 2, 2017 and will continue until position is filled. Complete all sections on the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.
Required Documents:
1. Curriculum Vitae with list of publications/grants
2. List of at least 5 References
3. Letter of Interest
4. Statement of Research Objectives and Teaching Philosophy
5. Unofficial Transcripts (Official Transcripts required if recommended for hire)
Please Note:  Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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