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Full Professor Position with Emphasis on Advanced, Smart, and Sustainable Manufacturing, Fall 2024

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 18, 2023

Job Details


The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), is seeking qualified candidates for one tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Full Professor.

Manufacturing is expected to become the single largest funding area at multiple federal agencies due to existing and future supply chain issues that pervade all aspects of our society, economy, and national defense. Additionally, the global climate/energy challenge requires greater emphasis on sustainability in all manufacturing processes. More sustainable manufacturing may be achieved not only through advancements in renewable energy, sustainable materials, and recycling, but also by making manufacturing processes smarter and more efficient through incorporation of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) tools, closed-loop sensing, and physics-informed machine learning algorithms applied to traditional and advanced manufacturing processes.

The MABE department is seeking candidates at the Full Professor level that will develop and lead a vibrant research program focused on advanced manufacturing that emphasizes sustainability and/or smart process design & control approaches. For example, machine learning-enabled process control for advanced manufacturing of metal, polymer, and composite structural materials could help usher in a new generation of sustainable, high-performance hierarchical materials. The successful candidate would be expected to pursue and leverage opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration and funding across the college, the university, and with Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the Manufacturing Demosntration Facility ( MDF ), the Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing ( IAMM ), the University of Tennessee - Oak Ridge Innovation Institute ( UT-ORII ), the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education ( Bredesen Center ), and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation ( IACMI ), among others.

The Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) is undergoing an unprecedented period of growth and success and anticipates adding 30 or more new faculty over the next three years as part of ambitious cluster hiring campaigns led by Chancellor Donde Plowman and Dean Matthew Mench. The college has set records in research expenditures, enrollment, incoming student GPA, diversity, and intellectual property development over the past two years. New facilities include the state-of-the-art Zeanah Engineering Complex, the University of Tennessee Manufacturing and Design Enterprise (TN MADE) facility, and the Innovation South building now under construction that will house UT’s Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF). TCE currently has 185 tenured/tenure-track and 67 non-tenure track faculty in its seven academic departments and offers 12 undergraduate, 16 MS, and 15 PhD degree programs. Affiliated with TCE and located in Tullahoma, Tennessee, the UT Space Institute ( UTSI ) is a hub of aerospace and defense research. The college is also home to eight research centers and three interdisciplinary institutes. With approximately 3,800 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students, the college is 31st among public universities in the most recent U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings. Faculty in the college have won 21 early career awards (NSF, DoE, DARPA, AFOSR, and ARO) since 2016. Furthremore, UT is leading and part of the new NSF’s Regional Innovation Engine awards (RIEs). In FY22, the college had NSF Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures of $109 million.

UTK is located in Knoxville, TN, a regional center for employment, commerce, and health care with an elegant and walkable downtown, rich and varied nightlife cultures, vibrant neighborhoods, eclectic restaurants, and amazing access to outdoor activities of all kinds as well as exciting cultural events throughout the year. Knoxville is within an easy driving distance to Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From Knoxville’s TYS Airport, nonstop flights to 22 major airports in the US, including direct flights to cities such as DC, NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando, and Miami, are available.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville campus is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) in a science or engineering field at the time of application and eligible for appointment at the rank of Full Professor at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Primary consideration will be given to those applicants that have established a successful research program with international stature, a successful record of teaching, and a compelling vision for future research at UTK. Demonstrated potential for leadership in large university research initiatives is also highly desired. Applicants with a research emphasis on process design & control for sustainable advanced manufacturing are strongly encouraged.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate potential for multi-disciplinary, collaborative research and successful mentoring of students.

Application Instructions

Priority will be given to applications received on or before December 1, 2023 and review will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date of the new position is August 1, 2024. Salary is commensurate with the position and experience of the applicant. Applications must include (1) a letter of intent stating the position and level the applicant is applying for, and concisely outlining the applicant’s research and teaching experience and future goals; (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement, (4) a teaching statement; and (5) the names and contact information for three to five references. The application package must be submitted through the position listing on Interfolio. Other inquiries should be addressed to the Search Chair, Associate Professor Brett Compton at .

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or .


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