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Assistant/Associate/Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Iowa State University
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Jul 26, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Engineering
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant/Associate/Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering ( at Iowa State University (ISU) invites applications for at least two tenure-track open rank, Assistant to Full Professor, positions in technical areas contributory to the MSE Department’s education and research efforts. Areas of interest include ceramics, inorganic materials, polymers, or soft matter. Exceptional candidates may be considered for tenured ranks and/or endowed research chair/professorship positions.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant research program, develop an innovative course portfolio at the undergraduate and graduate level in materials science and engineering, and engage in professional and institutional service and leadership. 

All faculty members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standard of integrity and ethics.

The candidate will have opportunities to engage in significant interdisciplinary collaborations on the Iowa State University campus, including those offered by the Ames Laboratory ( which includes the Sensitive Instrument Facility, the Materials Preparation Center, and the Critical Materials Institute; the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (; the Center for Advanced Nonferrous Structural Alloys (; Nanovaccine Institute (; the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (; the Bioeconomy Institute (; ISU’s Office of Biotechnology (; and the Microelectronics Research Center.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has 28 faculty members among which are a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Nobel Prize winner, and 3 members of the National Academy of Inventors. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has ~200 undergraduate students and ~55 graduate students. Sponsored research expenditures of the department are over $13M per year.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer with externally funded programs to broaden the participation of women and underrepresented minorities and enhance the success of all faculty in STEM fields.

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in materials science or a related area.

Experience and/or training commensurate with teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in materials science or a related area.

Associate or Full Professor candidates, in addition to the above, will have demonstrated research and teaching accomplishments and the potential for continuing excellence in both research and teaching commensurate with the level of the rank granted.

Preferred Qualifications
B.S. and/or M.S. in materials science and engineering or a closely related field.

Significant and demonstrated research in materials science and engineering.

Demonstrated experience in writing, submitting, and administration of research proposals for state, federal, non-profit and/or industrial sponsors. 

Experience in university-level teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, especially in the topical areas described above, and experience in supervising research of graduate and undergraduate students. 

Significant industrial collaborations/experience in a related area.

The MSE department and College of Engineering is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity that permeate its culture. Successful candidates will have an equal level of commitment to and appreciation for how diversity, equity, and inclusivity foster innovation. 

Candidates from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science and engineering are strongly encouraged to apply.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Steve W. Martin ( and Martin Thuo ( 

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application.

Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    Letter of application/Cover letter
  2. If your career has been impacted by the COVID pandemic and/or other event(s), please feel free to describe this in your Cover letter.
  3. Contact information for three references, including name, address, e-mail address and phone number
  4. A one-page statement of teaching philosophy, experiences, and interests, especially of those courses in our department.
  5. A concise statement of research interests and experiences as well as a vision for future research not to exceed three pages.
  6. A one-page statement on your strategies to support diversity, equity, and inclusion
  7. A minimum of one, and not more than three, representative refereed conference or journal publication(s). 

Review of applications will begin on October 1st, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability or status as a protected veteran.

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