Collegiate Faculty

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for a Collegiate Faculty position. This is a renewable, non-tenure track contract position at Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level depending on the qualifications.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 68 faculty, 33 affiliate faculty, annual research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 300 graduate students with about 150 students at doctoral level, and nearly 1200 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 17th (10th in public schools) and 17th (9th in public schools) out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2021 U.S. News and World Report.

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C., area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College-level centers such as the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) and the state-level Commonwealth of Virginia Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).

Applicants must hold at least a Master’s degree in engineering or a closely related discipline by the start time of their appointment. We are seeking candidates committed to a career in teaching with significant engineering experience in industry. The successful candidate will be responsible for primarily teaching undergraduate courses in both regular classrooms and distance-learning settings, and for mentoring and advising students. We are seeking candidates who have a broad teaching interest in all mechanical engineering subareas, including all traditional areas of solid and fluid mechanics, materials, heat transfer, thermodynamics, vibrations, controls, design, technical electives, capstone senior design, leadership/entrepreneurship and instrumentation/experimental-methods courses. Candidates must have industry experience. Preference will be given to candidates based on credentials and experience, not based on the subarea; although the ability to teach a wide range of courses at the undergraduate level is preferred.

Applicants must apply online at (job number 517291: application materials will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae including professional experience, a list of published journal articles and pedagogical achievements, a one-page teaching statement with an indication of teaching preferences, a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for at least three references). Review of applications will commence on November 19th, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Clint Dancey at For assistance submitting the application please contact Ms. Diana Israel,, (540) 231-6424.

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. If you are a person with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Ms. Diana Israel at