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Research Assistant Professor

Employer
University of South Carolina
Location
Columbia

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Posting Number:

RTF00029PO23

USC Market Title:

Research Assistant Professor

Business Title:

Research Assistant Professor

Campus:

Columbia

Work County:

Richland

College/Division:

College of Engineering and Computing

Department:

CEC Mechanical Engineering

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

Hours per Week:

37.5

Type of Faculty Position:

Faculty Research Grant (FRGP)

Basis :

12 months

Job Search Category:

Other Professional

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

South Carolina Retirement:

Yes

State Insurance Programs:

Yes

Annual Leave:

Yes

Sick Leave:

Yes

Advertised Job Summary:

The College of Engineering and Computing seeks to fill the position of Research Assistant Professor. The primary purpose of this position is to assist Dr. Paul Ziehl, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the McNair Center, in completing the objectives of ongoing composite related research programs. These tasks include project management, design of experimental test setups, composite structural design, data acquisition/processing, and design.

Required Education and Experience:

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics, or any related field. Three (3) or more years’ related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience preferred.

U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and foreign nationals eligible for International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) licensure are eligible to apply and must comply with ITAR and CUI project requirements.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Advanced knowledge of design concepts and techniques of composite part manufacturing. Knowledge of composite and elastomer failure modes. Knowledge of composite and elastomer test program design. Experience with the evaluation and qualification of materials, suppliers, equipment, technology and processes.

Job Duty:

Maintain experimental and computer systems, including both hardware and software, to enable the successful execution of research.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

10

Job Duty:

Manage a wide variety of research projects, including those related to advanced manufacturing, simulations, and experimental investigations. Maintain advanced manufacturing equipment, including hot press, fusion welding, autoclave, and testing equipment such as MTS Landmark.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

20

Job Duty:

Execution of projects related to advanced structural design and automation for advanced composites, including but not limited to technology and processes.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

20

Job Duty:

Recruit undergraduate students into the Mechanical/Aerospace graduate programs.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

20

Job Duty:

Write and submit proposals for and receive federally supported extramural funding, such as NSF, DOE, NASA and similar. Will serve as the Principal Investigator on grants and contracts, and will advise postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

10

Job Duty:

Publish in high level conferences and journals. Teaching of courses in Aero and/or Mechanical Engineering.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

20

Hazardous weather category:

Non-Essential

Employees in Safety-Sensitive or Security-Sensitive positions will be subject to pre-employment and post-employment drug testing in accordance with University policy HR 1.95 Drug and Alcohol Testing.:

No

Desired Start Date:

12/01/2023

Position End Date :

11/30/2028

Job Open Date:

11/08/2023

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant:

A resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Make certain to provide the following information on the application:

  1. Your Legal Name
  2. Valid Email Address that you can access for at least six (6) months after the hire date
  3. Provide Start and End Dates for All Inactive Jobs for which you are not actively employed
    • All information entered on your application is taken into consideration when reviewing your qualifications, etc. No assumptions are made for employment end-dates based on the next or previous job listed on the application.
Applicants should be prepared to upload:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • List of references and their contact information

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

Quicklink for Posting:

https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/157508

EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

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Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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