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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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2021-2022 Drexel Engineering Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative

The Drexel Engineering Faculty Cluster Hiring initiative will facilitate interdisciplinary hiring and enhance strategic connections across colleges in alignment with thematic areas of our strategic plan. We embrace a collaborative approach that leverages our existing strengths and aims to address critical and significant societal challenges through emerging engineering methods and platforms across:

  • Renewable energy and power;
  • Health, wellness, and medicine;
  • Smart, integrated cities; and
  • Resource stewardship and sustainability.

This will be a multi-year process involving faculty across the College of Engineering as well as other schools and colleges throughout Drexel University, aimed at enhancing the research impact of the college; addressing enrollment growth and strategic teaching needs; advancing our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and building on our widely-respected strengths in these rapidly evolving fields.

We seek faculty hires who will catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration across the cluster themes, attract significant external research funding, and enrich our undergraduate and graduate students’ experience.

Drexel University College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at Drexel University invites applicants for tenure-track assistant professor faculty positions across multiple departments in the cluster themes of energy and sustainability; smart, integrated cities; and health, wellness, and medicine.

Drexel University’s College of Engineering strives to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. The college values inclusion as a core strength and an essential part of our founder, AJ Drexel’s mission of preparing each new generation of students for productive professional and civic lives, while also focusing our collective expertise on solving society’s greatest problems.

The departmental breakdown of the clustered research expertise areas are as follows:

Energy and sustainability

  • Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering – seeking candidates to build dynamic and exciting research in any one or more of the following areas: a) building systems or technologies, including modeling and data analytics; b) environmental issues related to resilience and vulnerability; c) impacts of climate, pollution, and land use; or d) sustainable cities and infrastructure needs for cities of the future.
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering – seeking candidates who can establish a dynamic collaborative materials research program and contribute to the development and delivery of a learner-centered, agile curriculum.
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics – seeking candidates across all areas of Mechanical Engineering including a) design, solid mechanics, and manufacturing; b) control and robotics; and c) thermal, fluid sciences.

Smart, Integrated Cities

  • Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering – seeking candidates to build a dynamic and exciting research program in the areas of physical-cyber infrastructure and/or design and management of next-generation urban transportation systems.
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – seeking candidates with expertise in robotics and automation who can establish a dynamic ECE research program along with the potential to collaborate on current programs such as machine learning, biomedical imaging, medical robotics, and the Internet of Things.
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics – seeking candidates in all areas of Mechanical Engineering including a) design, solid mechanics, and manufacturing; b) control and robotics; and c) thermal, fluid sciences.

Health, wellness, and medicine

  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering – seeking candidates with research expertise in the general area of biotechnology, including biomanufacturing, pharmaceuticals, systems biology, and/or cell biology, as part of not only the College of Engineering’s Cluster Hiring Initiative, but also a University-wide faculty hiring initiative around cell engineering and gene therapeutics.


The applicant must have a PhD in Engineering or a related field by the 9/1/22 start date. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of and commitment to scholarly achievement and excellence.

Supplemental Posting Information

Since its founding in the midst of the industrial revolution in 1891, Drexel University has emphasized its strengths in engineering, science, and technology to train future leaders. In little over a century, Drexel University has transformed itself into a large, comprehensive institution committed to excellence in education, research, and service to engineering society and the broader community. Although much has changed, the original mission of the University still rings true today. To learn more about each of the divisions and programs offered, visit Drexel Engineering.

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university, and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.


To apply for and for more information about each individual position, please visit the Drexel Engineering Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative page. In one PDF, candidates should submit the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief research and teaching statement, a diversity statement (a diversity statement that presents and discusses the candidate's past experiences, present efforts, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of their academic careers – please feel free to consult the Office of Equality and Diversity for Drexel University’s position on equality and diversity), and the names of three external references. The submission deadline is November 8, 2021. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.


About Drexel


Drexel is defining what it means to be the modern, urban university of the future. A world-class comprehensive research institution committed to experiential learning, civic engagement and research with real-world applications, Drexel serves more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students from every state and 130-plus nations, on campus and online. Drexel has been ranked among the top 100 universities since 2009 and the Best National Universities since 2004 by U.S.News & World Report.

Founded in Philadelphia in 1891, Drexel has grown in the 21st century to encompass 15 colleges and schools including medical, nursing and public health schools and the Thomas R. Kline School of Law, as well as the Academy of Natural Sciences — the oldest natural history museum in the world and a leading institution for discovery in the natural and environmental sciences.

Drexel is one of Greater Philadelphia’s top 10 private employers, with approximately 9,800 employees. The University brings together a vibrant community of students, faculty and professional staff, and encourages the richness diversity brings to the workplace. Like its students, Drexel's employees are known for being passionate, entrepreneurial and innovative.


Working at Drexel

Drexel offers employees a career-focused and highly professional environment where they can learn, grow and be challenged from their first day with the University.

Drexel employees are eligible for attractive benefits including:

  • Choice of subsidized health plans offering comprehensive coverage. Attractive 403(b) retirement plan with matching contributions. Generous vacation leave and 100 percent paid tuition for full-time employees after a year at Drexel. Diverse supplemental benefit choices and various fringe benefits. Collegial work environment. Multiple locations, all accessible by convenient mass transportation.


For more detailed benefits information, visit

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

For a list of career opportunities and application instructions, visit or for the College of Medicine.



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