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Assistant / Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Assistant / Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Mar 25, 2022

Assistant / Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering
Clemson University: College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences: Mechanical Engineering
Location: Clemson, SC

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to begin August 2022. The Department has a particular interest in candidates in the areas of renewable energy, modeling and optimization of energy systems, next-generation controls of energy systems using Industry 4.0 technologies, building energy systems, and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This position is a part of college-wide cluster and supports Clemson University’s two strategic areas of research, namely, Energy, Transportation and Advanced Manufacturing and Sustainable Environments

The Department and College are committed to fostering interdisciplinary research that can address grand challenges facing our society and innovate through a balance of fundamental and translational research. Collaboration with entities within and outside engineering and science is also highly encouraged. Applicants with exceptional qualifications will also be considered for endowed faculty appointment including appointment at the Full Professor level.

The Department has 32 tenure-track or tenured faculty members actively involved in research, teaching, and service endeavors. More than one-third of the current faculty members have received prestigious early-career grant awards. The Department occupies a modern research and education facility on the main Clemson, SC campus and has an enrollment of over 900 undergraduate and 160 graduate students.
Clemson University is a public land-grant institution currently ranked among the top 30 national public universities by U.S. News and World Report and is classified as a Tier 1 Research Institution by the Carnegie Foundation. The Clemson campus is located between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC near Greenville, SC along

the I-85 corridor in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina. Clemson is serviced by the Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), Atlanta, and Charlotte airports and by amtrack. 

The Department also has a new graduate education center in Charleston, SC with activity associated with the world’s most-advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility.


Candidates must possess a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field with potential to develop an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary research program.

Faculty are expected to actively contribute to the core graduate and undergraduate teaching missions of the Department. 

Application Instructions:

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search.

Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Applicants should electronically submit the following via Interfolio:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information for Four (4) References
  • A brief statement of teaching (2 Pages Maximum)
  • A brief statement of research goals (2 Pages Maximum)
  • A brief statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

      Guaranteed consideration will be given to applications received by September 15 , 2022; however, the search will continue until the position is filled.

      Inquiries should be directed to:

      Dr. Xiangchun Xuan, Chair, Faculty Search Committee
      Department of Mechanical Engineering
      Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634
      [email protected]

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
    Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


    Working at Clemson University

    Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

    Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

    Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

    As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

    The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


    Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

    The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

    The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

    The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

    The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

    The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

    Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

    The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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