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Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Composites

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Search #: 497992
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track


The School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Connecticut is growing the faculty to develop the existing strengths of the Department and expand in exciting new directions. This year, the Department invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position focused broadly on composites, and in particular ceramic matrix composites, to join their interdisciplinary design and manufacturing group. Application areas include: design and simulation of advanced composites, high-rate composites manufacturing technologies, and the development of low-cost high-performance recyclable composites. Candidates with demonstrable potential and/or distinguished record of achievement will be considered at all ranks (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) and in all areas related to composite materials.

The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, will have demonstrated outstanding scholarly contributions in research as well as a passion for engineering education, and will be expected to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses focused on design with and manufacturing of composites.

Furthermore, successful candidates will also be expected to enhance inclusion and broaden participation among members of under-represented groups as demonstrated through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement; strengthen the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering, formerly the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in the College of Engineering at the University of Connecticut provides a vibrant, stimulating, and supportive environment for exchanging ideas that advance the frontiers of knowledge. Our faculty have international stature in their fields, have been recognized by prestigious awards, are engaged in groundbreaking interdisciplinary research, and actively pursue a dynamic educational atmosphere for our students. Our graduate program was recently ranked 16th among the ME programs in the US in terms of scholarly productivity with research expenditures above 400k/active faculty. The School serves as a UTC Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence, has $47M in active research grants, and has a student population comprised of over 170 graduate students and more than 900 undergraduate students. The School recently established the DREAM Army Research Center, whose focus is on modeling and simulation, and many of our faculty are actively involved with the National Institute of Undersea Vehicle Technologies.

The College of Engineering continues a momentum of unprecedented growth, evidenced by significantly increased research expenditures, transformative new partnerships with industry, and a state-bonded $1.8B investment in STEM infrastructure and education at the University of Connecticut. Key developments driving this growth also include the establishment in 2013 of a General Electric Partnership for Advanced Materials, Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, FEI Center of Excellence in Microscopy, Eversource Center for Energy Resiliency, and UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Doctorate in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or materials science, or a closely related engineering discipline by the time of appointment. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • Strong background and research interests closely related to the areas identified above.
  • A record of or demonstrated potential in scholarship and in establishing a successful, externally funded research program.
  • A proven record of commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Ability to teach mechanical engineering undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Commitment to enhance inclusion and broaden participation among members of under-represented groups as demonstrated through research, teaching, and/or public engagement, strengthen the richness of diversity in the learning experience, integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools, and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

  • Demonstrated outstanding scholarly contributions in research.
  • Passion for engineering education.
  • Experience in developing research grant applications to funding agencies.
  • Experience in conducting research in a competitive interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Ability to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in design and manufacturing of composites.

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

    A cover letter,Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample journal articles or booksNames and contact information for 5 references.

Please reference search #497992 in your application materials. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For more information regarding the School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering please visit our website at For further information or questions, please send an email to

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

Advertised: Nov 13 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:


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The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

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