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Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, in Mechanical Engineering (Energy and Environment)

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School / Campus / College: College of Engineering

Organization: Mechanical Engineering

Title: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, in Mechanical Engineering (Energy and Environment)

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Position Description

The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, invites outstanding faculty candidates to apply for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. This position is on a 9 month service period with an anticipated start date of September 16, 2021. University of Washington faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, world-class research, and exemplary service. The Mechanical Engineering department’s research and teaching portfolio covers all aspects of the broad field of mechanical engineering, including interdisciplinary work in engineering in health, robotics and controls, materials, advanced manufacturing, and alternative energy. The department currently has 38 full-time faculty, 408 undergraduates, 163 masters students, 115 PhD students and 18 postdoctoral researchers and continues to grow.  More information about the ME department is available at The successful applicant will be expected to provide innovative, high-quality teaching; to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program; and to contribute to the goals and missions of the department, college, and university.

The University of Washington and the College of Engineering promote diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. Candidates should have the background and confidence to teach, mentor, and work with individuals from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. 


Applicants must have a PhD or other foreign equivalent doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline by the date of appointment.

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to: strong background in energy conversion and/or energy storage; ability to leverage the ME department's and the University's competitive advantages; potential to conduct world-class research and to innovate in the area of energy conversion and storage; and background and confidence to teach, mentor, and work with individuals from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.These include existing initiatives in manufacturing applied to renewable energy (Clean Energy Institute:, the development of marine-based renewable energy technologies (Pacific Marine Energy Center:, and the development of applications for the use of earth-abundant materials in manufacturing and energy applications, including recycling (JCDREAM: Another area of interest is the intersection between energy and (1) the leading-edge UW expertise in global health and epidemiology, and (2) the Population Health Initiative (



Applicants are expected to describe plans for creating innovative and high-quality research and teaching programs that contribute to an inclusive and equitable campus environment. Our department offers a highly collegial and collaborative culture, with broad interdisciplinary research ties across campus. We are building a culturally diverse faculty and encourage applications from women and minority candidates, individuals with disabilities, and people from groups that are underrepresented in engineering. We look forward to learning how the applicant’s values, experiences, or future plans for teaching, research, and service would support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates are welcome, but not required, to include a statement in their cover letter about how COVID is affecting their ability to prepare their application materials and interview.

Please apply online at insert Interfolio Link with a letter of application; a detailed curriculum vitae; a statement of research plans (maximum 5 pages); a teaching and mentoring statement (maximum 2 pages); a diversity statement that addresses how you will further diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of mechanical engineering (maximum 2 pages); copies of your three most significant publications and the name, e-mail and mailing address, and phone number of at least three references. Applications received on or before January 15, 2021, will be given priority consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

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