Director, Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratory & Endowed Chair, Professor

The University of Akron
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director, Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratory & Endowed Chair, Professor, Civil / Mechanical Engineering (TT)

The University of Akron

The College of Engineering and Polymer Science at The University of Akron is seeking an exceptionally qualified senior faculty member who will serve as the Timken Endowed Professor, the Director of the Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratories (TESL) and the Director of the Center for Surface Engineering and Lubrication Research (CSELR) beginning in January of 2022. The successful candidate will be tenured at the Full Professor level, but consideration will be given to exceptional candidates who do not fulfill that criterion and their rank and tenure will be negotiated. External visibility and representation of TESL and CSELR is an integral part of the position.


The successful candidate will be responsible for: developing and directing world-class research and talent pools in the areas of tribology, surface engineering, and lubrication; leading a vigorous and sustainable externally funded research program and leading the formation of multi-disciplinary teams from within the College, the University of Akron and other universities and industry; teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses within the Department of his / her appointment; advising graduate students; and maintaining a close relationship with the Timken Company regarding current needs in the research area.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D in Engineering or an allied field; must demonstrate exceptional research achievements and prior record of external federal funding from agencies such as NSF, DOD, etc., and especially industry in order to qualify for the Timken Endowed Professorship; be an expert in analyses and technical problem-solving processes; have a track record of developing research reports for sponsors and mentoring and training researchers and students in a center environment; must demonstrate proven scientific and technical ability successfully applied to complex projects in disciplines related to bearings, gears, and other similar tribological machine component applications; must have an established industry-wide reputation and recognition of expertise; and must have a strong history of publication and / or patents within this research area.


The College of Engineering and Polymer Science was recently re-organized to include programs from polymer science and engineering, computer science and technology. The new College currently has 120 tenured/tenure track and non-tenure track faculty, 3900 undergraduate and 420 graduate students. The College has twelve research centers and has recently developed eight focus areas for research. Tribology, surface engineering and lubrication is one of the major focus areas for the College. For more information, please visit


About University of Akron:
As one of the largest employers in the region, The University of Akron is creating a community and workforce committed to making a difference in the lives of our students and in the region. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package to qualified candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists and leaders.


Application Deadline:

Open until filled, however, review of applicants will begin August 15, 2021.


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Job ID # 12797


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