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The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University invites applications for four tenure-system faculty positions in the general areas of (1) additive manufacturing, (2) robotics and control relating to advanced manufacturing, (3) vehicle dynamics and control, and (4) renewable fuels. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, or a related field, with expertise in one of the four topical areas listed above.   Each position will be filled at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level depending on the qualifications and record of the successful candidate. Candidates are expected to establish a sustainable research program, make significant scholarly contributions to their discipline, be an effective teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students, and engage in institutional and professional service.

For the four topical areas listed above, a strong background in one or more areas, but not limited to the following is desired: (1) additive manufacturing — metals or ceramics; (2) advanced manufacturing — robotics, control, additive manufacturing, powder delivery and processing, powder spray coating, design of powder-based manufacturing machines, optimization and uncertainty quantification; (3) vehicle dynamics and control — control-oriented vehicle dynamics and modeling, vehicle environment modeling, hardware-in-the-loop simulations, vehicle control, interconnected vehicles, vehicle stability, automated lane control, active and semi-active suspensions, and tire-road dynamical friction analysis; (4) renewable fuels–biomass pyrolysis, upgrading of bio-oils, biodiesel, lignocellulosic derived fuel, solar derived fuel, bio-Syngas-to-liquids, and engine combustion with renewable fuels.

The successful candidates will each be expected to develop an externally funded interdisciplinary research program of national prominence that includes fundamental and applied research, publication in journals and high quality conferences, and education of graduate students. Candidates must have demonstrated evidence of outstanding research accomplishments, teaching skills, and ability to work effectively with other researchers.

Excellent opportunities exist, within the department, college, and university for collaboration with other faculty. The Mechanical Engineering Department has 35 faculty members with a strong commitment to research, teaching, and service. Research strengths are in the areas of automotive engines and turbomachinery, experimental mechanics and composite structures, experimental and computational fluid mechanics and thermal sciences, dynamic systems and controls, micro/nanosystems, manufacturing, biomechanics and bioengineering, and solid mechanics. The department is home to the Energy and Automotive Research Laboratories and has affiliations with other centers within MSU, including the Institute of Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, Composite Vehicle Research Center, the Composite Materials and Structures Center, the Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings, the High Performance Computing Center, and the Biomedical Imaging Research Center. For additional information about the ME Department, the College of Engineering or MSU, see: http://www.egr.msu.edu/me/

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 470,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. Michigan State University is pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University.  Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/.  Information about WorkLife at MSU and the College of Engineering can be found at http://www.egr.msu.edu/WE.

Interested individuals should submit an application for these positions through:  http://jobs.msu.edu/ and refer to position #4143. Applicants must submit a detailed resume, statements of research and teaching interests for this position, and the names and contact information for at least three references. The application material should be accompanied by a cover letter stating the position specialty being applied to and a summary of the applicant’s qualifications. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2016. Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair through email at ME-Search@egr.msu.edu

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges.MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.



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