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Collegiate Faculty in Design, Materials & Manufacturing

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Collegiate Faculty in Design, Materials & Manufacturing
Faculty Rank: To Be Determined
Posting Number: TR0160177
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for a collegiate faculty in Design, Materials and Manufacturing at Assistant or Associate Professor level, starting August 2017, for its newly expanding graduate program in the National Capital Region (NCR) in suburban Washington DC area. This is a non-tenure-track contract position. Areas include computational solid mechanics, multi-scale modeling of materials, design methodology, design optimization, materials design, computer-aided design, and modeling and simulation of advanced manufacturing processes.

This position is part of a large cluster hire of faculty across university for VT’s newly developed Destination Areas. VT’s Destination Areas represent difficult problems of present and future national and global importance for which VT is investing resources to build and support world-class groups of faculty that transcend our disciplinary strengths. These positions will serve the Destination Area in “Data Analytics and Decision Sciences.” ( Although candidates with expertise in all sub-themes of this Destination Area are encouraged to apply, we are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in Infrastructure Analytics: Data as it relates to and revolutionizes the way we interact with the natural and the built environment.

VT’s National Capital Region (NCR) operations is continually expanding in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and currently offers more than 45 graduate degree and certificate programs. Approximately 1,000 students are enrolled in master’s degree and 300 students in Ph.D. programs in the region. The university’s Northern Virginia Center (NVC) in Falls Church, and its buildings in Old Town Alexandria and Arlington, are all easily accessible by Metro. Many online courses are also available. The VT’s College of Engineering at NCR currently offers graduate degrees in computer science, and electrical and computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and industrial and systems engineering. The ME department has offered nuclear engineering graduate program but now is expanding its offerings at NCR, envisioning a rapidly growing graduate program. With this new position, and our existing faculty at NCR, a total of five ME faculty will serve our NCR graduate program by next year, while also supported by the faculty from our main campus in Blacksburg, VA.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in teaching and research. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring primarily the graduate students at the NCR and some undergraduate students, teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in both regular classrooms and long-distance settings, and developing a research program, although the primary mission of this position is teaching.

Preferred Qualifications:
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Proposed Distribution List:
Print and/or digital ads:

1. Physics Today (both print and digital)
2. Nature (both print and digital)
3. Chronicle of Higher Education (both print and digital)
4. Academic Keys (digital)
8. Faculty for the Future (
9. Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (
10. IEEE (
11. CFD-online (
12. Latinos in Higher Ed (
13. Society of Women Engineers (
14. Women in Higher Ed (
15. Diverse Jobs (
16. Association for Women in Science (
17. National Society for Black Engineers (

Listservs and other free resources:
1. Virginia Tech employment site (
2. Roanoke Times (HR posts)
3. ME website
4. ME listservs

How to Apply for this Job:

Candidates should apply online at posting, TR0160177 to the appropriate posting number given. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles and other scholarship activities, a brief statement on teaching preferences, a one-page research statement, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. Review of applications for all positions will begin on February 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range:
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Work Location: National Capital Region
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 22203
Job Posting Date: 12/02/2016
Review Begin Date: 02/15/2017
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

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  2. How did you first learn about this job opening?
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    • Chronicle of Higher Education - print
    • Higher Ed Jobs (
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - HERC (
    • Diverse Jobs (
    • Insight Into Diversity (
    • Indeed (
    • Roanoke Times Online (
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (
    • Virginia Tech job site (
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Research Statement
  5. Teaching Statement
Optional Documents