Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

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Job no: 509242
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Mech & Industrial Engineering
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we are looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse faculty and student community, and who value collegiality, collaboration, achievement, and integrity. Please see more information about our efforts ( We highly encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentor under-represented demographics within engineering. We are committed to helping all constituents reach their full potential, creating best-in-practice operations to support faculty scholarship and fostering excellence in student experiences inside and outside our department.

Job Description:

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of Mechanical Design. Special consideration will be given to candidates in the fields of robotics, soft robotics, mechatronics, or machine learning. Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to product and process design, design innovation, multidisciplinary design optimization, computational modeling, and systems design. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2022.


The candidate must have the interest and ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; contribute significantly to the advancement of science and engineering and develop a nationally recognized program of sponsored research. We anticipate the successful candidate will have a commitment to working within a diverse community of students and would pursue interdisciplinary research collaborations within the department and throughout the campus.

The candidate should have graduate or undergraduate teaching interests that draw from one or more of the following areas: mechanical design, process design, design innovation, multidisciplinary design optimization, design decision making, computational modeling, or systems design. Special consideration will be given to candidates in the fields of robotics, soft robotics, mechatronics, or machine learning.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field or anticipate such a degree by August 31, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Additional Information:

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has 36 full-time faculty members, over 160 graduate students, and over 750 undergraduates. Research expenditures exceeded $5.5 M in the last fiscal year. The Department has a long history of successful interdisciplinary research, including the Center for e-Design, Wind Energy Center, Cold Spray Research Group, Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, and the newly formed Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation. A Robotics Center of Excellence is being developed that involves interdisciplinary collaborations between faculty in the College of Engineering and College of Information and Computer Science.

The College of Engineering is ranked as the best public engineering college in New England. The Fall 2020 enrollment included 2,285 undergraduate and 599 graduate students. Research expenditures exceeded $60.5 M in the past year and the College is host to 14 research centers. The College has an excellent record of developing new faculty with 12 of our current faculty members receiving prestigious NSF CAREER awards in just the last three years.

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center provides state-of-the-art high-performance computing resources for UMass Amherst faculty with high-end computing equipment and storage, including thousands of CPU cores and GPU cards. UMass Amherst operates one of the biggest GPU clusters in the nation. In addition, the Institute for Applied Life Sciences on campus houses 34 shared core facilities on campus including the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication facility, Device Characterization, and Nano Fabrication Cleanrooms.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should provide the following in their application package addressed to Professor Frank Sup, Search Chair. For full consideration, applications should be received by October 31, 2021 and applications submitted after this date may be reviewed until the search is completed.

  • Cover letter that lays out your interest in this position and why you are a good fit.
  • Statement of research outlining your accomplishments briefly, focusing on your future plans and potential fit at UMass Amherst.
  • Statement of teaching, including your teaching philosophy and potential courses you might offer at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Statement about equity, diversity and inclusion as they relate to the faculty role in teaching, research and/ or service. Specifically, the search committee is looking for indicators of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the different ways this might be demonstrated, such as in research and scholarship, teaching, mentorship, service and engagement, skill building and personal growth, and personal background experiences.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Full contact information for THREE references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Aug 20 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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