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The Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Solid Mechanics. Candidates with specialties in any of the following: Advanced Manufacturing, Nano-mechanics, BioMechanics, Composites, or Mechatronics are encouraged to apply. We seek a colleague who is a talented educator and researcher able to strengthen our Department through excellence in teaching and research.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach all levels of mechanical engineering in the area of solid mechanics (both lecture and lab-based courses). Courses at the undergraduate level would include statics, dynamics, strength of materials, dynamics of physical systems, machine design, manufacturing and controls. Additional expectations will be to develop and perform research and scholarship, obtain extramural funding, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Some courses may be taught in the evenings and there are opportunities to teach courses in a distance learning format. This position may require teaching on both campuses.

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is an academically comprehensive, student-centered university located in northwest Indiana, just southeast of Chicago. As an independent university within the Purdue University system, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community for its more than 10,000 students through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. Offering nearly 70 academic areas of study at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, PNW's colleges, schools and centers are distinguished through prestigious accreditations, national recognitions and competitive rankings. The university is widely respected for its faculty's dedication to student success through experiential learning and collaborative research across its two culturally diverse campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana. In the fall of 2020, a new state of the art, 68,000 sq. ft Bioscience Innovations Building will open on the Hammond campus.

PNW's School of Engineering is part of the College of Engineering and Sciences (CES) at Purdue Northwest. CES serves over 1,600 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students across a wide range of academic programs, providing them with a variety of options by offering seven master's, eleven bachelor's and one associate degree as well as a certificate program in mechatronics About half of the undergraduate and graduate student populations in the college are enrolled in engineering programs, which are managed independently under PNW's new School of Engineering.

The School of Engineering currently comprises two departments: Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Closely associated with the School are two distinguished award-winning research centers: the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), the Purdue University Northwest Water Institute (PWI).

The School is actively working to raise the profile of PNW's engineering programs while continuing excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, increasing campus diversity and building partnerships outside of the university that will benefit students, faculty, staff, and the region the University serves. In addition, we are expanding facilities and undertaking major capital improvements across both campuses. Planning has started for a new engineering design studio, with construction for this multimillion-dollar project expected to begin in 2019.

The School's programs were most recently ranked 35th by US News & World Report in their category of Best Engineering Programs at engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or a master's degree. All of PNW's engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering is a multi-disciplinary unit serving more than 400 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. The department includes 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, three visiting faculty members, and three staff members. The unit offers bachelor's degrees in Mechanical, Civil, and Interdisciplinary Engineering, as well as master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and one in Interdisciplinary Engineering with concentration in Civil Engineering. Our students participate in many engineering competitions and have won dozens of awards in events including NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race and Human Exploration Rover Challenge, SAE Formula One, EV Gran Prix, ASCE Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge, ASHRAE Best Paper, and AIST Best Paper, Presentation or Video competition. Faculty are actively involved in research and have garnered awards or patents for their work.

The department is on a path of vigorous growth with the expectation of and support for the addition of new academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additional programs being considered include environmental engineering and materials engineering, and the unit is also expected to contribute to a new bio-engineering program discussed in the School. The new assistant professor will thus have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the growth of the department. For further information please visit our department website at http://www.pnw.edu/mechanical-civil-engineering/

A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a focus in the area of solid mechanics, which must be completed by August 1, 2019, is required.

Applications: Review will begin January 7, 2019; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit a cover letter that addresses the job requirements; your experience in teaching and conducting research, with examples that demonstrate your skills and experience in those areas; a curriculum vita; a statement and plan for teaching and research; and names and contact information for five references electronically to Head of the Faculty Search Committee, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at me@pnw.edu.

PNW is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that sincerely values diversity and inclusion.

Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check. Applications will be acknowledged. Additional supporting information may be requested. Please visit our web site http://www.pnw.edu/ for additional information about the University.

Purdue University Northwest is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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