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Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, has an opening for a tenure-line faculty position to be filled at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending upon the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. The position is scheduled for a start date of July 1, 2022. Candidates with technical expertise in electronic materials, magnetic materials, quantum materials, energy materials, optoelectronic/photonic materials, or other related material classes are encouraged to apply.

Applicants for the Assistant Professor rank should have:
  • A PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field by the time of appointment
  • A robust research and publication track record

Applicants for the Associate Professor rank should have:
  • A PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field by the time of appointment
  • An excellent teaching and mentoring track record
  • An excellent research and publication track record
  • Demonstrated service to the profession

Expertise in film preparation such as molecular beam epitaxy, physical vapor deposition, or chemical vapor methods is desired. The final candidate will pursue research activities aligned with the Penn State Materials Research Science and Engineering Center for Nanoscale Science (MRSEC), the Penn State 2-D Crystal Consortium Materials Innovation Platform (MIP), and the Penn State Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) for 3-D Ferroelectric Microelectronics.

The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out research, service, and teaching in materials science and engineering while supporting diversity, equity and a culture of inclusion.

Penn State is one of the largest materials research institutions in the United States, and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is an international leader in materials education and research. The MatSE Department consists of 29 faculty members, 200 graduate students, and 370 undergraduate students. MatSE at Penn State is committed to building an inclusive community with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Research programs span the many sub-disciplines of materials science and engineering with more than $16.5 million expenditure in 2017. Steidle Building, which houses the MatSE Department, recently underwent a $52 million renovation that provided new laboratory space, educational labs, office and meeting space, and state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, the Materials Research Institute (MRI) supports state-of-the-art facilities for characterization, synthesis, nanofabrication, and computation while seeding and incubating collaborations across many disciplines. MRI facilities are co-located with facilities for the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences in the new Millennium Science Complex. Beyond those mentioned above, Penn State hosts several federally and industry sponsored centers, including the NSF Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC), the NSF-Center for Dielectric and Piezoelectrics (CDP), and the Center for Innovative Metal Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D).

There will be additional opportunities for engagement with the Institute for CyberScience, Penn's State's computational research hub, and with the Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE), which works to build teams of researchers from different disciplines to enable new partnerships and new ways of thinking to solve some of the world's most difficult energy and environmental challenges. Opportunities also for engagement with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, which offers interdisciplinary graduate programs, operates shared core facilities, supports strategic research initiatives through faculty co-hires and cluster hires, and operates the institutes' Centers of Excellence, among many other activities supporting interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research at Penn State.

Applicants must apply online and upload the following application materials:
  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A research vision statement
  • A teaching philosophy statement
  • A statement outlining a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging that creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace
  • Contact information for five references

Please address all inquiries and nominations to Prof. Jon-Paul Maria, Chair of the Search Committee or to Ms. Peg Yetter at Application review will begin on September 6, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, visit our web site at

The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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