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Tenure-Track Faculty Position - Graduate Program in Acoustics

The Graduate Program in Acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position in acoustics starting in Fall 2023. The position is open at the Assistant Professor level, although exceptionally well qualified applicants at all levels may be considered. The Program seeks candidates with research and teaching expertise in acoustics from any sub-discipline. Excellent candidates in the fields of transducer design, piezoelectrics, and at the intersection of acoustics and data science are strongly encouraged to apply. However, all candidates will be evaluated equally, regardless of focus area within acoustics, in order to seek the strongest candidate regardless of specialization.

The Graduate Program in Acoustics enjoys an excellent international reputation as the only civilian graduate-degree-granting program in Acoustics in the U.S. The program currently has 7 full-time faculty members and more than 50 affiliated faculty members from across Penn State who contribute to the missions of teaching, research, and service. The Program offers the M.Eng., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in acoustics. There are over 50 resident Acoustics graduate students at the University Park campus, and over 100 students who are seeking M.Eng. degrees through the distance learning option. The Graduate Program in Acoustics is administratively aligned with the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, but maintains independent leadership, curricula, research, space, and faculty committees.

Penn State Acoustics also maintains a strong relationship with the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), a university center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus on naval missions and related areas. The Acoustics Program also supports the Penn State Center for Acoustics and Vibration (CAV) that serves as a base for technology transfer to industry in the many sub-disciplines of acoustics and vibration. Penn State Acoustics faculty members are also involved with the Materials Research Institute, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center, or have collaborations with the College of Medicine. The University is one of the nation’s leaders in industry-sponsored research, with partnerships with over 400 companies on an annual basis.

Qualifications: Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Acoustics or equivalent in engineering, science, or closely related areas. Candidates will be expected to engage in graduate level instruction both in the fundamentals of acoustics and in their area of expertise. In parallel, all candidates are expected to establish an externally funded research program, support and advise graduate students, and to publish in high quality academic journals.

Salary and Benefits: Competitive and commensurate with background and experiences. An attractive benefits package is available. State College, Pennsylvania has great local schools, closeness to nature, the arts, sports, and a population dedicated to excellence.

Application: Applicants should articulate their plans to set up a research program attracting outside research sponsorship and resulting in published research findings. Further, reflecting Penn State’s commitment to our educational mission, candidates should articulate their interests and experience in supporting graduate programs through teaching and advising. Applicants should submit electronically a single pdf file containing: a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications, separate statements of research, teaching interests, and commitment towards diversity, equity and inclusion, and the names and addresses of three references. Please limit each of these three statements to 2 pages per statement. Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Academic transcripts are also required for applicants who received their Ph.D. within the last five years. Inquiries can be sent to Andrew Barnard (, Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Acoustics. Apply online at Review of Applications will begin on December 12, 2022, and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Desired start date is August 15, 2023.

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