Engineering Research Faculty

Lynchburg, VA
Nov 03, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Engineering Research Faculty

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

The Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Computer, and Civil Engineering Departments in the School of Engineering at Liberty University invite applicants for multiple positions at the rank of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor. The areas of research interest include Solid Mechanics (e.g., fatigue, fracture, metal processing, damage mechanics, and constitutive modeling), Thermal Sciences (e.g., energy systems, renewable energy, combustion, fluid dynamics), Materials (metallurgy, computational materials, materials characterization), Computational Mechanics (e.g., numerical methods, finite element analysis, etc.) and Design (e.g., materials design, product design, systems design, environment and sustainability, robust design and uncertainty quantification). Candidates in other areas will also be considered. Successful candidates will be expected to develop internationally-recognized, externally-funded, sustainable research programs and to make significant contributions to the department’s teaching and service responsibilities.

The Liberty University School of Engineering (LUSOE) comprises four departments with a forthcoming Civil Engineering Department and a forthcoming Computational Science and Engineering Department being a virtual department in which faculty from the other departments can partake of Computational Science and Engineering. The LUSOE offers an ABET-accredited undergraduate program as well as graduate studies leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition, LUSOE offers undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. distance learning programs as well as residential programs. The LUSOE is just starting to grow as LU has invested in growing the engineering program.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in engineering or a closely aligned field. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated the ability to conduct research at the highest level and to have a record of, or the promise for, outstanding teaching, supervision of students, and service to the LUSOE. Applicants must apply online by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for at least three professional references, and one page summaries for each of their research, teaching, and service plans. Candidates need to clearly indicate in the cover letter their area of interest (Solid Mechanics, Thermal Sciences, Materials, Computational, or Design). The online applicant site can be accessed by going to The search committee will begin screening of applicants immediately and will continue to accept applications until all positions are filled.

The faculty are expected to conduct state-of-the-art research, teach undergraduate and/or graduate level courses, and serve the LUSOE. Faculty will perform other duties as assigned and actively participate in university assemblies and activities. Applicants must demonstrate a personal faith in Jesus Christ and help train the next generation of Champions for Christ as per the Liberty University mission. Duties also include maintaining curriculum, courses of study, and assessment work. Faculty will participate in the process of defining undergraduate engineering curriculum. In this capacity, faculty are expected to:

-Assist in curriculum review and development
-Develop laboratories to support the engineering curriculum
-Create projects designed to enhance lectures
-Read and stay abreast of current topics in engineering
-Develop syllabi and review textbooks for adoption
-Propose and develop new courses as determined appropriate by the faculty
-Actively participate and support SACS and ABET accreditation preparation

In terms of graduate education, faculty are expected to:
-Partake in graduate committees
-Garner funds for M.S./Ph.D. students
-Advise M.S./Ph.D. students
-Teach graduate level courses
-Propose and develop new courses as determined appropriate by the faculty

Faculty are required by the university to:
-Teach contracted load
-Maintain office hours
-Mentor and advise students
-Keep timely records of grades, grade papers, and perform other administrative duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in any engineering field or a relevant field. Candidates in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. and/or an M.S. degree but willing to pursue a Ph.D. may be considered.

Outstanding junior level candidates who have significant potential will also be considered at the Assistant Professor level. Successful candidates will be expected to conduct research, teach first-year undergraduate classes, and contribute to the Department’s service mission.

Applicants must demonstrate a personal faith commitment to the University’s evangelical Christian purpose.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference is given to candidates with a terminal degree in an engineering field. Preference will also be given to candidates who can also qualify to teach Calculus 1 or have a mathematics minor.

This position teaches in the School of Engineering programs. Duties include teaching general engineering courses at 100, 200, and some 300 levels. General Engineering topics include (but are not limited to):

-Introduction to engineering and problem solving
-Engineering economy
-Quality assurance
-Technical communications
-Probability and statistical methods for engineers
-Calculus for engineers
-Calculus with MATLAB
-Engineering ethical and legal issues

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This is a residential position. Class schedules will be determined on a semester basis by the department chair and dean of the school.

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