Available Positions in Mechanical Engineering

The following positions are open within the Mechanical Engineering department of the College of Engineering at the University of Akron. 

Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) - Materials

The College of Engineering at The University of Akron invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the general area of Materials. This is a position at the assistant/associate professor level with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Corrosion Program of the Department of Chemical, Biomolecular and Corrosion Engineering. The candidate should have a doctorate degree in one of the following disciplines: materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or corrosion engineering with expertise in at least one (preferable more than one) of the following areas:

  • Mechanical behavior of materials: fatigue, fatigue corrosion, fracture mechanisms and fracture toughness, high temperature mechanical behavior and influence of composition/manufacturing on those properties, stress corrosion cracking.
  • Elevated temperature, environmentally assisted crack growth mechanical degradation of materials for metals and ceramics.
  • Background in modeling and simulation of materials degradation would be desired. Rank will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience.

Applicants are expected to contribute to the core teaching, mentoring, and research missions of both departments. In particular, the successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, externally-funded research program, teach core courses and develop new specialized courses, work collaboratively with diverse populations, supervise graduate research and contribute to departmental, college and university services.

To apply, please visit our jobs site and refer to Position #11251. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research, a statement describing your past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions, and the names of at least three references. Prior experience and a commitment to continue working with or teaching diverse groups and diverse students will be valued. Women, under-represented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are particularly encouraged to apply. The review process will commence immediately, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. The expected start date for the position is August 2019.

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) - Robotics/Biomimicry

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with an emphasis on robotics and biomimicry (the imitation of systems and/or elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems) at the Assistant/Associate Professor level beginning in August 2019.

Applicants are expected to contribute to the core teaching, mentoring, and research missions of both mechanical engineering and biomimicry. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an independent, externally-funded research program and teach classes in mechanical engineering and the biomimicry program at the graduate and undergraduate level. He/she would be expected to develop new specialized courses, work collaboratively with diverse populations, supervise graduate research and contribute to departmental, college and university services.

Applicants should preferably have a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering (or another relevant discipline) with expertise in at least one (preferably more than one) of the following areas:

  • Robotics (including rigid and soft robotics)
  • Control systems
  • And/or biomimicry

Rank will be commensurate with the candidate's experience. Prior experience and a commitment to continue working with or teaching diverse groups and diverse students will be valued.

To apply, please visit our jobs site and refer to Position 11279. 

About the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering is one of the largest colleges at the university with approximately 3,000 undergraduates and nearly 400 graduate students pursuing B.S. through Ph.D. degrees. Mechanical engineering accounts for roughly half of the students in the College of Engineering. 

About UA

The University of Akron (UA) is a research-intensive public university with over 22,000 students. The College of Engineering is one of the largest colleges at the university with approximately 3,000 undergraduates and nearly 400 graduate students pursuing B.S. through Ph.D. degrees. Mechanical engineering and corrosion engineering combined account for roughly half of the students in the college of engineering. 

The University of Akron is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.