Associate Professor –Mechanical Engineering
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Florida Polytechnic
University invites applications for an Associate Professor with
broad teaching capacity in the field and with technical interests
that complement the Department’s existing strengths to support of
our degree program. Our preferred areas of research specialization
are in thermal and fluid sciences, renewable energy systems,
however, technical expertise in aerospace, robotics, and advanced
manufacturing will be considered. Starting dates for this position
are anticipated to be either Fall semester 2023 or Spring Semester
The Mechanical Engineering department delivers an ABET accredited
degree with concentration areas including Aerospace, Materials and
Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Energy, Operations Research, and
Simulation. The department also delivers a Master of Science in
Engineering degree with a program track in Mechanical Engineering.
Successful applicants must be capable of teaching a range of
classes in the mechanical engineering curriculum at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels, supporting a wide range of
introductory and upper-level courses such as solid mechanics,
thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and project-based laboratory and
design courses. Applicants will also be expected to contribute to
the technical breadth of program with elective courses in their
respective field of technical expertise.
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to develop a highly
successful teaching and research program, attract independent
research funding, publish the results of their research studies in
leading scientific journals of their discipline, supervise graduate
and undergraduate students, and to teach effectively at both the
graduate and undergraduate level courses. In addition, the
candidates are expected to assist in the education mission of the
department and to provide whatever academic service is requested by
the Chair of the Department.
DESIRED / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related
- Six years minimum of experience with an academic appointment as
a faculty member with formal instructor of record
ABOUT FLORIDA POLY:
- Experience at a US based institution with a rank of Associate
Professor, or Professor.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct independent and
interdisciplinary funded applied research.
- Experience in curriculum delivery and development
- Experience with students’ academic mentoring
- Experience in program assessment and execution of a continuous
- Active participation in professional activities and
- Prior professional US experience with progressive
- Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with
diverse campus community.
Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and is
the twelfth university in the Florida State University System. The
University was created as an exclusively STEM-focused public
university that offers high-value undergraduate and graduate
degrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focus
on economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated to
preparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, Florida
Polytechnic University blends traditional subject matter mastery
with problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide students
with learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and a
career of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses in
small class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to faculty
experience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and research
Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term defined
appointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, that
substantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment and
progression in rank upon completion of a significant review of
Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-modern
campus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway between
Tampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines small
town comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High-Tech Corridor is
home to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has more
than 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college.
Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World,
Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thriving
performing art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and home
values increasing by approximately 10% over the past year, Lakeland
and Central Florida continue to rise among the best places to live
EXPECTED STARTING SALARY:
Commensurate with experience and
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE
- Positions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled).
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the positions are filled.
- Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work
in the United States. This proof must be provided prior to
employment at the University. An appointment is not final until
proof is provided.
: All Applicants are required to
submit the following in PDF format during the application
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of Research Interests
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy which includes the
individual’s capacity to teach mechanical core and elective courses
listed as part of the curriculum.
- List of at least 3 professional references (names and contact
- Unofficial copy of the Ph.D./M.Sc. transcript
Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal access
institution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provide
equal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities to
all (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants for
admission, students, and others affiliated with the University)
without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex,
religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status,
veteran status or genetic information.
FLORIDA POLY BENEFITS INFORMATION
Florida Poly qualified employees have the opportunity to take
advantage of a variety of health benefits
(through the State of
Florida) to help meet their specific needs, as well as the needs of
their family. This comprehensive coverage includes flexible
spending accounts, medical and life insurance, and workers
· Health benefits are administered through People First
, on behalf of the State of
Florida, as pre-tax insurance plans. People First handles all new
hire enrollments, coverage changes, premium administration, and
· Their Service Center is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8
a.m.–6 p.m. EST, at 1-866-663-4735.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING ATTACHMENTS:
Required attachments are listed on each posting. Please be
sure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field before
continuing through the application.
Once your application
has been submitted, no changes may be made and additional
attachments will not be considered.
An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during
the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the
official transcripts are required upon hire.
Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States
require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript
evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an
accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached
with the application and submitted by the application
All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of
the job announcements.
This position requires a background check, which may include
a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute