Tenure-Track Faculty (Assistant or Associate) Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at the University of Denver (DU) is building an academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff with a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Candidates with proven expertise in one or more of the following subfields are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Robotics (manipulation, surgical, rehabilitation, haptics/wearables, vision, or AI)
  • Computational fluid dynamics and biofluids
  • Biomechanics (biomedical devices, tissue engineering, cellular biomechanics, or biomaterials)

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the growth of the Ritchie School by developing a strong externally funded research program, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, authentically supporting DEI, and being involved in service to the department, school, and profession. Excellent communication skills and a high level of personal motivation are required. Highly qualified candidates with demonstrated sustained funding will be considered for the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. A start date of September 1, 2023 is anticipated for this hire, and the position features a competitive start-up package.

Who We Are:

DU's vision is to be “a great private university dedicated to the public good.” As such, we recognize that our success is dependent on how well we engage and include the rich diversity of our constituents. DU is the oldest and largest private, independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region, welcoming approximately 5,800 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate and professional students to campus either in-person or virtually every year. Our undergraduate students complete a rigorous, comprehensive core curriculum in addition to a deep, hands-on immersion in their technical curricula. DU is an R1 research university with very high research activity and an exceptional commitment to its graduate and undergraduate students. 

The Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science is housed in a $63M building with state-of-the-art research and instructional laboratories, classrooms, offices, and innovation spaces. The Ritchie School has research strengths in orthopaedic and cardiovascular biomechanics, aging, robotics, unmanned systems, advanced materials and structures, AI and machine learning, controls, and sensor systems with support from industry and federal sources. The MME Department offers the following degrees: BS, MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MS and PhD in Materials Science, and MS in Bioengineering. Our undergraduate students complete a rigorous core curriculum in addition to a deep, hands-on immersion in their technical discipline.

The University of Denver’s institutional DEI action plan can be found here. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, veterans, or any other legally protected group. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The University of Denver also recognizes the importance of protecting personal privacy. Read our Privacy Policy, including notifications for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

For more information about the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit: https://ritchieschool.du.edu/

Where We Are:

Denver, the Mile High City, consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. Denver’s economy is rapidly growing and diversifying, with strengths in the aerospace, healthcare, financial tech, telecommunications, and IT-software sectors. Our region features a dry climate with 300 days of sunshine annually and surprisingly mild winters. The nearby Rocky Mountains provide beautiful views and abundant recreational opportunities year-round. The city of Denver is home to several major league sports teams, diverse neighborhoods, and strong cultural and food scenes.

Required Qualifications

For applications at the rank of Assistant Professor:

  • PhD or terminal degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

For applications at the rank of Associate Professor:

  • PhD or terminal degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.
  • Evidence of high-quality, high-impact research, including a record of funded research
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching and high-quality student mentoring
  • Six (6) years of increasing academic responsibility, but persons demonstrating unusually high academic promise may have gained equivalent experience in a shorter time.

Preferred Qualifications

For applications at the rank of Assistant Professor:

  • Good communication skills and a teamwork mindset
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with culturally responsive teaching methods to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations
  • Interest in working on multi-disciplinary problems that contribute to the public good
  • Post-doctoral and grant writing experience
  • Previous teaching experience

For applications at the rank of Associate Professor:

  • Good communication skills and a teamwork mindset
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with culturally responsive teaching methods to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations
  • Interest in working on multi-disciplinary problems that contribute to the public good

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
University hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 4, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $100,000 - $110,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits:
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter: Should include your qualifications, your interest in the position, and potential synergies with DU faculty. Please specify the research area(s) (i.e., robotics, computational fluid dynamics and biofluids, or biomechanics) under which this application is being submitted.
  3. Diversity Statement: A statement describing the applicant’s experience in enhancing DEI through research, teaching, or service, and vision for promoting a more inclusive experience at DU (1-2 pages).
  4. Research Statement: A statement on research detailing short- and long-term goals, opportunities for collaboration, and funding record and/or plans (3-5 pages).
  5. Teaching Statement: A statement on teaching describing ways you would contribute to the undergraduate and graduate academic programs and support inclusive teaching (2-3 pages).
  6. Names and contact information for 3 professional references.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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