Michigan State University – Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job no: 619829
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering 10016576
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Tenure System Faculty, Engineers/Architects

Position Summary

The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a tenure-system position at the Assistant Professor level with a starting date of August 16, 2020 or later. Candidates must have a PhD in mechanical engineering or closely related field at the time of appointment.

The Department is looking for a highly motivated individual who can complement current strengths and expertise within the department. Candidates with interests and demonstrated background in any area of mechanical engineering research are encouraged to apply. Ongoing research within the Mechanical Engineering Department includes but is not limited to: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Biomechanics, Combustion, Control, Design, Dynamics, Energy, Fluid Dynamics, Machine Learning, Robotics, Solid Mechanics, Sustainability, and Thermal Transport, among others.

Tenure-system faculty are expected to establish a vibrant, sustainable, and internationally visible research program; make significant scholarly contributions to their discipline; be an effective teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students; and engage in institutional and professional service as well as public outreach. The successful candidate will also be capable of teaching mechanical engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Other qualifications include strong leadership and interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, an ability to work in a collaborative research environment and a commitment to promoting and embracing diversity.

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is adjacent to the city of East Lansing and the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 470,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. Michigan State University is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career partners, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at

Required Degree

Doctorate -Mechanical Engineering/Closely related field

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD in mechanical engineering or closely related field at the time of appointment.

Required Application Materials

Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter summarizing their qualifications, vision statements for teaching and research, a diversity statement, and names and contact information for at least three references.

Special Instructions

Application review will begin after January 2, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until the position is filled. Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair by email at

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Nov 7, 2019 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Nov 7, 2021 Eastern Standard Time