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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Thermal Fluids

Position Information: Description

The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering and Mines prepares students at all levels to effectively apply modern engineering principles to the evolving needs of industry and society through focused efforts in manufacturing, materials science, mechanical design, thermal sciences, and aerospace applications. The Department supports an accessible, collaborative, multidisciplinary research and learning environment that stimulates faculty and students to reach their highest potential through hands-on education, leadership opportunities, and lifelong learning.

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering and Mines at the University of North Dakota invites applications to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Mechanical Engineering Thermal Fluids.

Special consideration will be given to candidates in the fields of computational aerodynamics/ aerothermodynamics/propulsion/hypersonic flow with applications for aerospace systems.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful applicant must have a demonstrated dedication to excellence in engineering education and the potential to develop an externally-funded research program. The successful applicant will have the following primary responsibilities and duties:

    Instruction and research in aerospace and thermal-fluids areas of mechanical engineering.Teaching a 2/2 course load in mechanical engineering, both on-campus and online, potentially including both classroom and laboratory settings. The initial appointment may include a reduced teaching load to initiate research activity.Advising students in course planning and fulfilling graduation requirements.Communicating effectively in English with students, families, faculty, staff, and other professional colleagues in person and at-a-distance (phone, email, etc.).Utilizing computer hardware and software to carry out teaching, research, and service responsibilities to the mechanical engineering department.Operating laboratory equipment and instrumentation found in mechanical engineering laboratoriesParticipating in the department, college/university, and professional service activities.Conducting engineering scholarly activities including grant preparation and submission, mentoring of graduate student researchers, publication of results, and development of an externally funded research program. Engaging in research contributing to two UND Grand Challenges, namely (1) National Security & Space and/or (2) Autonomous Systems.
Required Competencies
  • Experience or demonstrated ability working with diverse groups.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to operate effectively as a team player and leader who works effectively with superiors, peers, and subordinates and has strong interpersonal skills, and independent judgment
Minimum Requirements
  • PhD degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field (e.g., aerospace engineering).
  • Experience in thermal fluids and aerospace areas.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Industrial experience in aerospace and thermal-fluids area of mechanical engineering.
  • Teaching experience in aerospace and thermal fluids at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Research experience in areas related to aerospace engineering and/or autonomous systems.
  • Broad experience in academic and commercial development relevant to emerging aerospace and autonomous systems capability needs.
Minimum Hiring Salary

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Contract Period/Start Date

The initial appointment is expected to begin on August 16, 2023, or earlier

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2023 and include the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Professional vita or resumé
  • Statement of teaching and research interests
  • Names and contact information of three (3) references

Questions may be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Clement Tang at

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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