Current openings for faculty and staff positions


Faculty Positions:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for five open faculty positions in the general areas listed below. These non-tenure, tenure-track or tenured positions could be filled at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level as designated below. Exceptional candidates will be considered for named professorships.

  1. Combustion (open rank): Areas include aerospace propulsion systems, turbomachinery, biofuels, fuel blends, advanced combustion diagnostics, automobile engine systems, and combustion dynamics (experimental or simulation-based). Job number TR0160122. Search committee chair: Prof. Scott Huxtable (huxtable@vt.edu).

  2. Design & Advanced Manufacturing (Assistant and Associate Professor level): Areas include design methodology, design optimization, materials design, computer-aided design, and modeling and simulation of advanced manufacturing and materials processing. Job number TR0160125. Search committee chair: Prof. Chris Williams (cbwill@vt.edu).

  3. Dynamic Systems and Control (open rank): Areas include robotics and autonomous systems, control and information theory, perceptions and intelligent systems, signal processing and estimation, mechatronics, and system dynamics. Particularly desirable are areas such as human-machine interaction, modeling and control of social and behavioral systems, bioinspired robotics, and social robotics. Job number TR0160124. Search committee chair: Prof. Alexander Leonessa (aleoness@vt.edu).

  4. Robotics and Autonomous systems (open rank in Blacksburg, VA): Areas include perception, sensor systems, robotics and autonomous systems, intelligent systems, signal processing and estimation, and other related areas. We are looking for a senior leader in the area of perception which can develop a strong internationally recognized sponsored research program and continue to develop a group in this specialty for the Virginia Tech’s Destination Areas (below). Job number TR0160179. Search Chair: Prof. Saied Taheri (staheri@vt.edu).
    This position is part of a large cluster hire of faculty across the 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. This position will serve the Destination Area in “Intelligent Infrastructure for Human Centered Communities” which aims to design, develop, and understand social, technical, economic, cultural, political, and information paradigms to support sustained and adaptive human societies. Other related Destination Areas which this position could serve are “Data Analytics”, “Decision Sciences and Integrated Security”, and “Adaptive Brain and Behavior.”
    Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or a closely related discipline. We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and developing a strong externally sponsored research program. Candidates should apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu to the appropriate posting number given above. 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 will begin on February 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

  5. Design, Materials and Manufacturing (collegiate faculty, non-tenure track 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 will be part of the newly expanding graduate program in the National Capital Region (NCR) in suburban Washington DC area. Job number TR0160177. Search Chair: Prof. Mehdi Ahmadian (ahmadian@vt.edu).
    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.” (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas/da-data.html). 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 program by next year, while also supported by the faculty from our main campus in Blacksburg, VA.
    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. Candidates should apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu to the appropriate posting number given above. 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.

Post-doc Position

Currently there are no open post-doc positions.


Staff Positions:

Currently there are no open staff positions.
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