Associate or Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Position TitleAssociate or Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dept Contact Information

DepartmentMechanical Engineering Position Details

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University invites applications for a tenured position effective as early as July 2019. We seek faculty members who will develop a dynamic and innovative independent research program and will excel in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels while embracing Rice’s culture of excellence and diversity. Excellence and scholarship in teaching and research are the primary selection criteria for a search in all areas of Mechanical Engineering, including robotics, solid mechanics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and controls. Candidates conducting research with applications in dynamic systems and computational engineering are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a PhD or ScD in Mechanical Engineering or a related field. The positions are targeted at the associate and full professor level.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is ranked 28th by U.S. News and World Report. It is one of nine academic departments in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, which generates over $50 million in annual research expenditures, and has eleven tenured and tenure-track faculty members conducting research in areas such as aerospace sciences, robotics, biomedical systems, thermal fluids, mechanical design, tribology, and dynamics and controls. In addition to numerous collaborations across departments and schools within Rice, partnerships with other institutes include work with NASA to develop the next generation of space vehicles, and research with Texas Medical Center institutions into haptic devices for rehabilitation and new orthopedic materials.

The successful candidates for these positions will benefit from the resources, support, and multidisciplinary research environment fostered by Rice University’s Richard Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (, and the Energy and Environment Initiative (, among others.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

Consistent with the National Research Council’s report, Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond, we are seeking candidates who have demonstrated ability to lead and work in research groups that “… [integrate] the knowledge, tools, and ways of thinking…” from engineering, mathematics, and computational, natural, social and behavioral sciences to solve societal problems using a convergent approach.

Candidates should submit the following materials: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a statement of research interests (1- 2 pages); 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (1- 2 pages), and the contact information for at least three references. Recommenders will be contacted at the discretion of the search committee, not upon application submission.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.

The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Education RequiredPhD or other Doctoral DegreeSpecify Concentration / Degree Type

Applicants should have a PhD or ScD in Mechanical Engineering or a related field.

Education PreferredOther Required QualificationsOther Qualifications PreferredPhysical DemandsRequisition Details

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Requisition NumberF19032Open Date10/01/2018Close DateOpen Until FilledYesBest Consideration DateDesired Start Date07/01/2019Position StatusFull-Time: 9 monthsBenefits EligibleYesSpecial Instructions to the ApplicantPosting Link DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research Statement
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
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  1. Cover Letter
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    Posted: 1/3/2019
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