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Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering Program

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Not specified
Date posted
Nov 6, 2023

Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering Program

College of Engineering


The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department ( at The Ohio State University invites applications for a junior tenure-track faculty appointment within our Nuclear Engineering program.


Position Overview


The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department invites applicants for a junior level tenure-track faculty position in nuclear engineering at the assistant professor rank. We will consider all qualified applicants across the fields of nuclear, mechanical, and aerospace engineering, with particular interest in those who can contribute to research areas in nuclear thermal hydraulics. Successful candidates are expected to develop both computational and experimental research programs for advanced nuclear energy systems including space nuclear applications. Sponsorship will be offered if an international candidate is selected. 


Performance Objectives


  • Contribute research activities in the Nuclear Engineering program, and develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized and externally funded research program in their technical fields.  
  • Teach and mentor students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and to supervise student research.
  • Participate in service to the university and the international research community.



Education and Experience Requirements


  • Applicants must have earned a doctorate in nuclear engineering or a closely related engineering or science discipline.
  • Research with the potential for scholarly impact, innovation, and collaboration Evidence of research productivity and potential for securing external funding Ability to teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in an inclusive way (all learners are valued and feel a sense of belonging). Embrace development of open-minded exploration among learners Leadership and ability for collaboration in an academic environment and potential to be a conscientious university community member Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with desire and ability to work constructively, decisively, and collegially with external and internal colleagues and interdisciplinary teams. We seek individuals with the ability to work independently: proactive self-starter with strong project leadership skills. A successful candidate will display innovative thinking, open to sharing ideas and willing to continuously learn Demonstrated efforts in research, teaching, and/or outreach and engagement that reflect Ohio State’s Shared Values


How to Apply


You will be presented with the opportunity to attach the following documents in the Application Documents section.


  • Attachment 1: Cover Letter: 1-2 page letter, which should include a brief summary of your academic background and why you are interested in this opportunity.
  • Attachment 2: CV (Curriculum Vitae)/Resume: Detailed overview of your scholarly experience, including your research experience, teaching and mentoring experience, service, funding, and publications.
  • Attachment 3: Personal Statement: A statement of your approaches, experience and philosophy regarding your research, teaching, mentoring, and service.


A list of four references upon request


Instructions for preparing these statements can be found at this link.


Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 20, 2023. Applications received after that date may be considered until position is filled. If you have any questions regarding the search, please contact Prof. Dean Wang at



Department Information


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is one of the largest departments in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. We are home to nearly 80 faculty and over 35 dedicated staff members. Approximately 1900 undergraduates are pursuing a degree in either Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering through rigorous programs that feature hands-on, project-based learning. Nearly 300 graduate students are seeking a degree in either Mechanical, Aerospace, or Nuclear Engineering. Our innovative and creative faculty adhere to the philosophy that true innovation depends upon the cooperation of academia, industry, and government working together to advance the goals of science and technology. Our students and faculty regularly collaborate with colleagues in other departments in the College of Engineering and with multiple other colleges across campus. Strong research relationships exist with the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA Glenn Research Center, GE Aviation, Honda of America, and numerous other industrial partners. Department faculty have over $26 million in sponsored research expenditures in areas such as advanced transportation systems (automotive and aerospace), energy and environmental quality, materials and manufacturing, micro- and nanotechnology, nuclear energy, and bioengineering while providing leadership for the Center for Automotive Research, The NSF IUCRC Smart Vehicle Concepts Center, the Aerospace Research Center, the Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center, and the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory.


The Nuclear Engineering program is housed within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and located in Scott Lab, a building with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. The Nuclear Engineering program is designed to prepare students for successful careers in a variety of specialty areas associated with the application of radiation, radioactive materials, and nuclear fission. Our research is further strengthened by the presence of the Ohio State University Nuclear Reactor Lab. Students work with the faculty on projects for research sponsors such as the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA, national laboratories, nuclear power plants and others. The Ohio State University also offers an undergraduate minor degree in nuclear engineering.




The College of Engineering


Diversity, equity, and inclusion: The College of Engineering strives to be a national leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The college engages in and leads significant efforts to increase diversity among the field's future leaders through the office of Diversity, Outreach, and Inclusion (DOI). The DOI office offers a variety of student-centric programming designed to increase self-efficacy and foster community among historically excluded and underrepresented students and provide resources to support our faculty and staff. All faculty are expected to participate in, support, and/or lead these efforts and to contribute to the department's inclusive climate via their work in one of many ways, including but not limited to; teaching, service, mentoring and advising. For more information about DOI, visit


Faculty Development: The Ohio State University and the College of Engineering are committed to support and develop faculty as well as the work-life balance of its faculty. These resources include The Engineering Faculty Mentoring Program, the Better Research through Better Mentoring program, and institutional memberships to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. To learn more visit:


Learn more about the College of Engineering, the university and Columbus here.


The University


Each day, Buckeyes across the state and around the world make a lasting impact.

The Ohio State University sets the stage for academic achievement and innovation. It's where friendships are forged, tradition is brought to life and a better global community is built. Our mission is as clear today as it was 150 years ago: to illuminate a pathway to education, research and health care that creates vibrant futures.  Faculty, staff, and students build the incomparable Buckeye spirit through collaboration, a strong sense of community and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Our strength comes from our ability to bring out the best in people and learn from Buckeyes of all backgrounds, passions, and talents.


Ohio State is a top-20 public university, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ list of best U.S. employers for diversity. Eligible Ohio State employees receive comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, and state or alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions.


The Ohio State University’s Shared Values include Excellence and Impact, Diversity and Innovation, Inclusion and Equity, Care and Compassion, and Integrity and Respect. Our university community welcomes differences, encourages open-minded exploration and courageous thinking, and upholds freedom of expression.


Ohio State is a dynamic community where opportunity thrives, and individuals transform themselves and their world. Positions are available in countless fields and specialties. Become a Buckeye and contribute to an incredible legacy that serves to guide our future and shape a better tomorrow.


The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has established Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty and their loved ones. Service offerings include dual careers partner consultations, identifying potential employers and/or employment opportunities, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and in the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are provided to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering or transitioning to The Ohio State University. 


In addition to being responsive to dual-career opportunities, we strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.  Ohio State is an NSF ADVANCE institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).


Located in Ohio’s capital city, Ohio State’s Columbus campus is near the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation, and technology industries. Additional information about the Columbus area is available here. In addition to its Columbus campus, Ohio State has four regional campuses including Ohio State Lima, Ohio State Mansfield, Ohio State Marion, and Ohio State Newark, in addition to Ohio State ATI in Wooster. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.

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