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Assistant Teaching Professor - Mechanical Behavior and Experimental Design

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) within the College of Engineering at Penn State seeks an Assistant Teaching Professor with a strong background in experimental mechanics and mechanical behavior, materials characterization and testing, and data analyses and interpretation. This is a Professional Track (non-tenure line) faculty position, with potential for advancement to a higher rank.


Teaching duties will include developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses or modules related to mechanical behavior, mechanical testing, and mechanical research methods; preparing equipment and providing instruction for assigned scheduled laboratory courses; training of students in the safe operation of advanced instrumentation; and supervision of student research and educational projects, in collaboration with faculty.

The ability to prepare students to plan, execute, interpret, summarize, and report project results within a collaborative environment is essential. Knowledge of state-of-the-art software and digital acquisition systems, data management protocols, and relevant testing standards is a plus. Liaison with industry and external stakeholders in support of student projects is expected. Good communication (written and verbal) and teaching skills are required along with the desire to educate and build ESM’s mechanical testing community.

Service duties will include responsibility for ESM’s mechanical behavior and testing facilities, training and records; providing technical and experimental project design guidance to faculty, students and their collaborators; performing mechanical tests when needed to assist students, faculty, and their collaborators with complex, time-sensitive experiments; serving as an ESM Department Safety Coordinator and providing safety instruction; and serving as a liaison with the Office of Physical Plant (OPP) ) on laboratory and instrument installation issues.

While a Ph.D. degree is preferred, a Master’s degree or equivalent years of relevant experience in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering or a related fields may be considered.

This is a limited-term position, funded for 5 years from the start date, with an excellent possibility of renewal.

Qualified applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, a cover letter containing a summary of relevant work experience and the names of three references.

The College of Engineering strives to build a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for students, staff, and faculty. We rely on the expertise, sensitivity, and commitment of an inclusive faculty and staff to enhance diversity, seek equity, and create a welcoming environment within our community. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.

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