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Collegiate Assistant/Associate

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering [MSE] at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a collegiate faculty member at the assistant or associate level. This is a non-tenure track, academic year position, renewable after 3 (assistant-level) or 5 (associate-level) years. The primary responsibility of this position will be undergraduate instruction and course development, especially for laboratory courses. Other specific duties will include assistance with management of the department’s common-use laboratories, maintenance of equipment and instrumentation, and support for the MSE senior capstone program. We are seeking candidates motivated to contribute to a collegial, interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of both fundamental and applied research and scholarship.

The department currently has 16 faculty members, and is home to over 175 undergraduate and 65 graduate students. In Spring 2022, the department will move into the newly renovated Holden Hall, which has been expanded to approximately 100,000 square feet, shared with Mining and Mineral Engineering. MSE facilities in Holden will include a 10,000 square foot suite of common-use laboratories for teaching and research. For more information on MSE at Virginia Tech, please see

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. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program ranks 13th and graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our program in the Washington, D.C., area offers unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. This position will be located at the Blacksburg main campus.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field at time of appointment, a strong record of academic or professional accomplishments and a proven ability to work collaboratively; experience with, and commitment to, interdisciplinary scholarship and instruction and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex technical and societal challenges. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

An ability to communicate effectively both the theoretical and practical aspects of MSE across disciplinary subfields is essential. A strong background in laboratory or industrial safety, experience with a wide range of materials processing and characterization techniques, and mechanical and electrical repair skills are preferred. There is no expectation for the development of an independent research program.

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

Application materials will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement discussing teaching and professional goals, a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for at least three references. 

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military 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 on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Amy Hill at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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