VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY (Virginia Tech), DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS METHODS. The position is open to the ranks of Assistant or Associate Professor. Applicants at the Associate Professor rank should show national and international prominence in the engineering design communities and are expected to assume a leadership role in the Mechanical Engineering program. Applicants with a PhD in mechanical or related engineering and having university/industrial/federal laboratory experience are strongly encouraged to apply. They will be expected to develop a strong research program and contribute to the educational mission at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are seeking applicants having strong interdisciplinary interests across all areas of design methodology, design optimization, and multi-scale modeling. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise that integrate strongly with an interdisciplinary team of faculty engaged at the intersection of advanced manufacturing and materials research. Thus, we seek candidates with expertise in topology optimization, multidisciplinary design optimization, design automation, design for manufacturing, computer-aided design, and design theory and methodology.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities (IIHCC) Destination Area. Participation in Destination Area activities and initiatives will be an important component of performance evaluations as well as promotion and tenure processes. The IIHCC Destination area is focused on bringing visionary humanist and technologists together to create the framework for infrastructure innovation and the reinvention of community. Faculty working together in this area are committed to transdisciplinary solutions that exists along the interdependencies between humans, community, and infrastructure with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life around the globe. The initial focus for IIHCC will be on the following themes: 1) Ubiquitous Mobility, 2) Automated Vehicle Systems, 3) Smart Design and Construction, and 4) Energy, along with 5) the area of Materials and Materials Design for these themes.

Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (www.advance.vt.edu).

Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population. The Department of Mechanical Engineering (http://www.me.vt.edu/), which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 59 faculty, research expenditures of over $16M, and a current enrollment of 340 graduate students with 180 students at doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 14th and 22nd out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2017 U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers, and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. 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 recently established Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics, and the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS); and state-level industry-academic research centers such as the such as the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). Virginia Tech is also a member of both the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute and America Makes.

Review of applicants will begin December 4, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (www.advance.vt.edu).

Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should apply online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu and link to posting number TR0170139. Applicants are requested to submit a Curriculum Vitae, the names of five references, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests, and a cover letter. These items must be submitted electronically. For assistance submitting the application please contact Ms. Sara Vallejo (sara.vallejo@vt.edu, (540) 231-0700). Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Prof. Christopher Williams (cbwill@vt.edu), (540) 231-3422. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Professor Williams.