Faculty Asst. - QC Engineering Manufacturing Lab

Moline, Rock Island County
Jun 05, 2015
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 11,458 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: August, 2015

RESPONSIBILITIES: Conduct research and development in advanced materials and manufacturing techniques for defense and civilian purposes, work with manufacturing companies to transfer technology to strengthen the QC area economy, pursue research funding from federal (e.g., NSF, Department of Defense) and private sector sources.  Design and utilize laser additive manufacturing, spark plasma sintering, friction stir welding, hot isostatic pressing, and other advanced equipment to perform research and development.  Responsibilities will also include teaching laboratory components of courses offered by the WIU School of Engineering.


  • Write proposals in pursuit of research funding
  • Conduct applied research in advanced manufacturing technologies, such as laser additive manufacturing
  • Conduct applied research in advanced material sciences
  • Work with companies to promote technology transfer
  • Pursue external funding for the development of advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Operate and maintain advanced manufacturing equipment at the QCML
  • Support instructional activities in engineering laboratories
  • Supervise interns and student workers at the QCML
  • Provide support for senior design projects in the School of Engineering
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of QCML
  • Teach undergraduate courses in Engineering as assigned by the Director of the School of Engineering

RANK & SALARY: Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/human_resources/benefits/


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master's Degree in Engineering or related field, U.S. citizenship required, relevant academic or professional work experience, excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and leadership skills. The required degree must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory (QCML), located at the Rock Island Arsenal, is a research lab focused on developing advanced materials and manufacturing technologies.  QCML is an integral part of WIU's ABET accredited, School of Engineering, which is housed at the WIU Quad Cities campus.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review for 10 consecutive years and as one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 11,458 students at its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.


The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, which includes a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 632 full-time faculty members teach 93 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 21 certificate programs.


Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.


 WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 9,935): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


 WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,523): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be required for selected candidate

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/

**Note** Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size in order to upload.

Screening will begin on July 5, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to:  Dr. Eric J. Faierson at ej-faierson@wiu.edu.

For assistance with the online application system call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.