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Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering Tenure Track Positions
The University of Tennessee Space Institute

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) at the University of Tennessee is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates for three full-time, tenure track appointments. All levels of rank in aerospace and mechanical engineering will be considered; candidates to be considered at the Associate/Full Professor level must have demonstrated experience in scholarly publications and research. Appointments will be based at the UT Space Institute (UTSI), Tullahoma, Tennessee, an integrated component of the UT, Knoxville MABE department. 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, air-breathing propulsion: gas-turbines and ramjets, hypersonics, thermal management, thermal-fluid sciences, conformable surfaces, structural health monitoring, flight and/or propulsion system testing including mechatronics, sensors, digital data acquisition and analysis issues. Expertise in both experimental and computational simulations is sought.

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.

This position requires an earned doctorate in engineering, or in other appropriate fields, and show the potential to provide international leadership in research and contribute to education and diversity at the university. The UTSI campus in Tullahoma, Tennessee, has a rich tradition in providing high quality research and instruction at the graduate level with high-quality facilities and research support ( 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 some professional experience outside of academia is desirable.

Teaching at the graduate levels is required and recruiting graduate students 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.

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 develop a research and education program that combines the strengths of the Tullahoma and Knoxville locations, including opportunities to work with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge complex, which includes the Oak Ridge National Laboratory ( The ORNL campus also 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 for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (http://cire/ leverages 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 February 1, 2012 and will continue until the positions are 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 a concise letter of intent outlining the applicant’s research and teaching goals and objectives; a current CV; the names and addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references. Applications should be sent by e-mail to and addressed to the following:

Dr. Matthew Mench, Professor and Condra Chair of Excellence in Energy Conversion and Storage Systems
MABE Department

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.