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Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Tenure-Track Faculty Position
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is seeking an exceptionally qualified candidate for a full-time, tenure track appointment at the assistant professor level in mechanical engineering. All outstanding candidates with a strong background in fundamental science and engineering will be considered. Areas of particular interest to the department include, but are not limited to, mechatronics, controls, alternative power conversion and fuels, and computational simulation at all length scales. Additional information regarding the department may be viewed at

Candidates applying for this position are expected to have a strong commitment to teaching excellence, demonstrated research capabilities that will enable the development of externally funded and internationally recognized research programs with publications in leading, scholarly journals. Successful candidates should value collaboration with colleagues, development of new multidisciplinary research initiatives, and participation in ongoing research projects. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university welcomes and honors people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity. The university intends that its graduates will promote the values and institutions of representative democracy, and be prepared to lead lives of personal integrity and civic responsibility.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate in engineering or a related field, and show the potential to provide international leadership in research and contribute to education and diversity at the university. Candidates must have interests/expertise related to one or more of the areas listed above. Evidence of successful sponsored research development and participation is important, and a strong academic journal publication record is desirable.

Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is required. Successful candidates will develop and promote individual sponsored research initiatives as well as participate in research teams with other faculty. The ability to interact effectively with industry is also important. The candidate will also be expected to recruit, advise, mentor and graduate and doctoral students.

Opportunities for Collaborative Research
The MABE Department has a strong upward trajectory, with 29 faculty members in Knoxville and UTSI and offers degrees at all levels in mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering. For further information, see The successful candidate will have ample opportunities to work with the department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (, located a short distance from the University. The ORNL campus contains many unique research facilities, and a multitude of collaborative opportunities for world-class research are available and encouraged. A newly initiated joint UT/ORNL Bredesen Center of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE) has been formed to leverage the strengths of both institutions to attract world-class faculty, graduate students, and research facilities.

The University of Tennessee, a Carnegie RU/VH institution, is the state’s comprehensive, land grant, research institution with 1300 faculty and 27,500 students in 13 colleges and schools. The College of Engineering is undergoing a period of substantial growth in both physical infrastructure and research expenditures. The College has eight departments with 135 faculty, 2400 undergraduates and 900 graduate students.

Application Review
For best consideration, candidates should apply as soon as possible, as review of applications and nominations will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date of the new position is August 1, 2012. Salary is commensurate with the position and experience of the applicant. Applications should include (1) a concise letter of intent outlining the applicant’s research and teaching goals and objectives; (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; and (3) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least five references. The preferred method of application or nomination is by e-mail to As an alternative, materials may be mailed directly to:

Dr. Hans DeSmidt, Associate Professor
MABE Department
606 Dougherty Engineering Building
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2210

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.