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Design Lecturer, Full Time, in Mechanical Engineering

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School / Campus / College: College of Engineering

Organization: Mechanical Engineering

Title: Design Lecturer, Full Time, in Mechanical Engineering

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Mechanical Engineering (ME) program is seeking a creative and motivated individual for a lecturer position to develop and manage a new mechanical engineering design capstone program. Expected duties and responsibilities of the lecturer are provided below. This position is a nine-month academic year appointment with the rights and responsibilities of a ME faculty member. This position is not eligible for tenure.

The lecturer’s primary roles are to conduct the undergraduate required design courses (in particular ME 395: Introduction to Design and ME 495: Capstone Design) and contribute to the design curriculum’s ongoing development. Design-related teaching and execution of design projects occur over the full calendar year. We are seeking an individual to teach in diverse intellectual areas across engineering and design, including need and stakeholder analysis, ideation techniques, prototyping, ethics, and technical communication, as well as engineering computation (e.g., MATLAB, LabVIEW), device fabrication, electromechanical systems, and fluidic systems.

The appointment will begin as early as soon as spring 2020 and the initial appointment is expected to be for 3 years. The position can be renewed and lecturers are eligible for review and reappointment at the end of this period. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. While lecturers are primarily focused on teaching and service, they are also invited to participate in the wide range of research and scholarly activities in the department and collaboratively across the college and university. 

The Mechanical Engineering department is the home of dynamic, collaborative faculty labs, and faculty members regularly collaborate with colleagues across the UW, including College of Engineering, Foster School of Business, and College of the Environment. Faculty members leverage the resources available for entrepreneurship and innovation, including CoMotion tech transfer office and Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Faculty members also routinely engage in research projects with affiliates from the region’s high-tech industry. Seattle is home to many prominent technology companies, along with a robust startup community. Successful candidates will join a vibrant department as a key teaching faculty member.  The successful candidate is expected to participate in the teaching and service missions of the department, to contribute toward expanding the diversity in STEM education, and to follow UW’s strong tradition of collaboration and translation across disciplinary boundaries. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Lead the design of a new three-quarter mechanical engineering capstone design program, as well as teach mechanical engineering design courses and mentor student teams, with support from tenure-track, tenured, and research faculty 

Coordinate with College of Engineering to create and cultivate relationships with companies to support the mechanical engineering design program (industry-sponsored projects) by:

  • Interfacing with existing UW industry-outreach resources to coordinate efforts
  • Networking and meeting one-on-one with industry representatives to recruit potential design projects

     3. Recruit capstone projects from faculty

     4. Apply, as PI, for funding opportunities specific to design, education, and/or innovation programs

     5. Coordinate with faculty mentors, industry sponsors, and other program partners to evaluate the capstone design program for continuous            improvement

     6. Leverage the diverse entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem at the UW and the greater Seattle area to bring meaningful connections         to the program and to boost the students’ career opportunities

Expected outcomes

  1. Teach the new 3-quarter capstone design course sequence by the first year of the appointment
  2. Support 5-10 industry-sponsored projects by the first year ($15K+ per project)
  3. Support 10-20 faculty projects by the first year
  4. Submit at least 2 educational grant proposals by the second year, each with a proposed budget of >$50K.



1. The position requires prior teaching through studio-based pedagogy and/or project-based learning approaches and/or extensive industry or professional experience.

2. The candidate must hold a PhD or Ms/MSE (or foreign equivalent) in an engineering discipline. 

3. Hands-on experience in the design and development of solutions to real world engineering challenges

4. Product development experience and demonstrated track record of innovation 

5.Experience in teaching in diverse intellectual areas across engineering and design, which may include need and stakeholder analysis, ideation techniques, prototyping, ethics, and technical communication, as well as engineering computation (e.g., MATLAB, LabVIEW), device fabrication, electromechanical systems, and fluidic systems.



Please apply online at with a letter of application, a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, and the names of at least four references. The review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Open positions are contingent on funding.

The University of Washington is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. We are building a culturally diverse faculty and encourage applications from women and minority candidates. 


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qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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