Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks tenure-track faculty in broad areas of strategic importance to UVA’s investment in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). MAE at UVA has a proven record of outstanding research with strong inter-departmental and inter-school collaborations and is committed to increasing diversity among our faculty and graduate student populations. Our research program ensures excellence and national prominence in core focus areas of:
Biomechanical Engineering for Health;
Cyber-Physical Systems and Autonomy; and
Sustainability in Energy, Manufacturing and Transportation.
We seek exceptional candidates with expertise related to the above three core areas. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: mechanical systems, solid mechanics, biomechatronics, extreme mechanics, autonomous vehicle safety, and/or industrial automation and AI control are encouraged to apply.
This search is open rank, with expectations that the faculty have primary appointment within the MAE Department, but opportunities for joint appointment(s) are possible in other departments within Engineering including: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and/or Engineering Systems and Environment. Successful candidates are also encouraged to consider potential collaborative opportunities within the world-class research centers and initiatives at UVA. A partial list of these opportunities includes:
Center for Applied Biomechanics
Center for Engineering-in-Medicine
Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Multifunctional Materials Integration
Rolls-Royce University Technology Center for Advanced Material Systems
Rotating Machinery and Controls Lab
UVA Brain Institute
UVA School of Data Sciences
UVA MAE is a department with faculty and graduate programs dramatically increasing in size, diversity and quality. Our PhD enrollment has increased 30% since 2016, among which the number of women and underrepresented minority students increased by 108%. MAE also boasts tenured faculty with an average of $681K in research expenditures, an average H-index of 29, and four new nationally-recognized fellows in 2019. More broadly, UVA Engineering is a national leader among large US public engineering schools in several aspects including:
#1 in Four-Year Graduation Rates
#1 Percentage of Women Graduates
#1 PhD Enrollment Growth since 2015
With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all, including women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through each person's perspectives and lived experiences.
Centrally located in the rolling foothills of Virginia, Charlottesville boasts a thriving intellectual community and cultural life with easy access to recreational venues. This makes Charlottesville one of the best places to live and work in the US, as noted by a large number of national awards and “Best of” lists. For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/.
UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit https://dualcareer.virginia.edu/
Attach the following required applicant documents:
A cover letter that addresses (1) Areas of research/scholarship interest; (2) Why you want to be a professor at UVA; (3) Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and your values related to diversity, equity and inclusion
Two to four (2 – 4) research papers that best represent your work
Contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).
Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2019 and will continue until the positions is filled.
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The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will also require an Education Verification (FSAKA).
The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.
About University of Virginia
In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.
What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.
Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).
As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.
RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS THAT CROSS DISCIPLINES
As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading ...edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.
Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.
NATIONALLY RANKED HEALTH SYSTEM
UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.
Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.
The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.
INSPIRING STUDENTS, INSPIRED TEACHING
The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.
One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation: UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.
Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards. Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.
LIFE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries. No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.
In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others. Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses. The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers.
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 orAskHR@virginia.edu to request assistance.