Assistant or Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering

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 San José State University - San José, California


Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis in Wildfire Combustion Job Opening ID (JOID): 25203

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure Track

Required Qualifications:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at San José State University (SJSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of either Assistant or Associate Professor. Applicants must have a strong academic background in mechanical engineering, as evidenced by a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in mechanical engineering or closely related field, and expertise in combustion physics. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in either experimental combustion research or computational fluid dynamics simulations of fire.

Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching in classroom and laboratory settings using a variety of pedagogical techniques and technological tools to reach a diverse population. They should also demonstrate potential for excellence in scholarly research, with an expectation of peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations. The position requires excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.


A key aspect of this position is that the faculty member will actively work with other faculty associated with the new SJSU Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center to seek funding and conduct research related to wildfire science and management. This center is devoted to developing strategies and science-based policy to manage wildfire and better understand how wildfire will impact people and resources in the future. This individual will collaborate with fire ecologists and modelers.

Providing quality education is a top priority for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Candidates must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, assessment, and advisement. In addition to teaching engineering courses, faculty members in the department are expected to develop curricula and laboratories and should plan to establish externally funded research programs and publish peer-reviewed papers. Faculty members advise undergraduate and graduate students via project mentorship as well as academic planning. They also serve on committees and task forces under shared governance to improve policies and resources for the betterment of education.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 13, 2020

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, diversity statement, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by January 13, 2020 to Letters of reference may be submitted later if needed. The 1-2 page diversity statement should discuss specific initiatives, strategies, and/or activities that you either have done or would like to do to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Inquiries may be directed to: Nicole Okamoto, Mechanical Engineering Department Chair at [email protected]

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The university is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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Posted: 10/16/2019
Application Due: 12/15/2019
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