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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor that will begin on August 21, 2023. This is a full time, 9-month position. The successful candidate will have teaching responsibilities in a variety of lecture and laboratory courses in either mechanical engineering (e.g., Dynamics and Controls, Sensors and Data Acquisition, Kinematics and Mechatronics, Thermal-Fluid Sciences, Manufacturing, Material Science, or Machine Design) or industrial engineering (e.g., Human Factors, Systems Safety, Manufacturing Systems Design, Production Planning and Management, Operations Research, Facility Layout, Simulation, Lean Manufacturing, or Supply Chain). They are also expected to establish a collaborative, externally funded, and nationally recognized research program that engages students as well as contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring.  Service to the Department, College, and/or University is required. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or a closely related engineering field by July 1, 2023. Preferred candidates will have two or more years of engineering-related industrial experience and/or two or more years of college or university teaching experience as well as a strong interest in teaching laboratory courses and assisting with our Senior Design capstone course in their area of expertise. Please see for more information. 


The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has a history of providing hands-on experiences to our students through both lab courses and student clubs, providing undergraduate research opportunities, and serving local and regional industry through both capstone design projects and graduate placement. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( The Department also offers two graduate degree programs: the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the Master of Environmental Health and Safety. Department faculty have the opportunity to affiliate with other M.S. and Ph.D. programs such as the Water Resources Science and the Advanced Materials Sciences programs. There are also opportunities for affiliations with the Natural Resources Research Institute, the Large Lakes Observatory, and the Advanced Materials Center. 


We are especially interested in recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer all students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. The University of Minnesota Duluth values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to achieving excellence. We strongly encourage women, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, Black, Latinx, Asian American, Hawaiian/Island Pacific, mixed race, and scholars with disabilities to apply. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College's distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives and intercultural understanding with social and environmental responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action to further sustainability. 


We recognize that excellence in teaching and research form the basis for any successful candidate. To that end, we are implementing an anonymized search process. See for a description of the application steps. Applications must include four documents: an anonymized research and teaching statement that is understandable to a non-specialist (1500 words/4 pages max); a statement that demonstrates a commitment to justice, equity, inclusion, and a diverse student population (1000 words/2 pages max); a curriculum vita; and a list of four professional references. Go to the University of Minnesota Job Site and search for job ID 351157. Please direct questions about this position to Review of complete applications will start October 3, 2022 and continue until the position is filled; applications received after this date might not be considered.


The University of Minnesota Duluth campus is part of the University of Minnesota public university system and is the second largest research university within the U of M system. UMD is a comprehensive university of about 11,000 students located along the shores of Lake Superior (see UMNDuluth - YouTube). Duluth is the largest city in northern Minnesota and part of the Twin Ports metropolitan area (Duluth, MN and Superior, WI). The Twin Ports area hosts four colleges and universities, two major hospitals, many retail and manufacturing companies, and the largest commercial port on the Great Lakes. Duluth has vibrant music, theater, and art scenes, and a steadily increasing number of coffee shops, craft breweries and award-winning restaurants. Duluth is home to many community service organizations that focus on cultural, historic, arts, food, environment, and social justice pursuits. Duluth offers affordable housing, an absence of appreciable traffic, local and regional bus transit organizations, and mixes its historic feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings. Named by Outdoor Magazine as one of America’s Best Outdoors Towns, Duluth provides access to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails and abundant opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and sailing.


UMD is committed to supporting our colleagues. The University of Minnesota has a robust policy with respect to opportunity hires for partners. Parental leaves and on-campus child care are available. The Swenson College has a mentoring program to facilitate professional success. Swenson College Howard Higholt Professorships are also available to support outstanding tenure-track faculty who are committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable institution.




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