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Collegiate Faculty-Open Rank

Apply now Job no: 511001
Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Search for Two Collegiate Faculty Positions

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for two Collegiate Faculty positions. These will be non-tenure track contract positions at Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level depending on the qualifications of the candidate.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely-related discipline by the beginning of their appointment. We are seeking highly-qualified candidates committed to a career in teaching and research.  The successful candidates will be responsible for primarily teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in both regular classrooms and distance-learning settings, mentoring and advising students and developing a research program, although the primary mission of this position is teaching.  We are seeking candidates who have a broad teaching interest in all mechanical engineering subareas, including all traditional areas of solid and fluid mechanics, materials, heat transfer, thermodynamics, vibrations, controls, design, technical electives, capstone senior design, and experimentation courses. Preference will be given to the candidates with the best credentials and potential, and not based on the subarea.

Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities.  Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 67 faculty, 30 affiliate faculty, annual research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 300 graduate students with 180 students at doctoral level, and over 1,100 undergraduate students.  With about 400 BS ME degrees awarded each year, the Department is the third largest in the nation in graduating mechanical engineers (2017 ASEE Data.)  The Department is ranked 15th (8th in public schools) and 23rd (12th in public schools) out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2019 U.S. News and World Report.  The department operates under five thrust areas: Robotics and Dynamical Systems (RADS); Bio, Micro, and Nano Systems (BMNS); Energy Engineering and Science (ESS); Design, Materials, and Manufacturing (DMM); and Nuclear Engineering and Science (NES). The Department includes several research centers, and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College-level centers such as the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC), the state-level Commonwealth of Virginia Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS), and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population.

These positions will be filled pending the availability of funds. Candidates should apply online at to posting number 511001. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles and pedagogical achievements, a one-page teaching statement with an indication of teaching preferences, a brief research statement as applicable, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2019, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.  

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

General inquiries about the position should be addressed to the search committee chair, Prof. Clint Dancey ( For assistance submitting the application please contact Ms. Dianna Israel (540) 231-6424.

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