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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Tenure Track)

University of the Pacific
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 16, 2024

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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Tenure Track)

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
University of the Pacific, founded in 1851, is the first chartered institution of higher learning in California. The School of Engineering and Computer Science takes pride in providing a superior, student-centered learning environment that emphasizes close faculty-student interaction and cooperative education. This combination of personal attention and professional practice prepares graduates who excel in the engineering and computing professions and are qualified to pursue advanced degrees. The School has very supportive alumni and its graduates occupy leadership positions in the profession nationally and internationally. Pacific is a residential campus serving a primarily full-time student body.

The University of the Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, to start ideally in Spring 2024, but Fall 2024 will be considered. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates will be considered for higher ranks.

Teaching responsibilities will include a variety of undergraduate mechanical and general engineering courses as well as the opportunity to develop new graduate courses in the candidate's area of expertise.

Other duties include: advising undergraduate majors, participation in departmental and university governance, and ongoing professional development.

This is a unique opportunity for a faculty position in a great location. University of the Pacific is in central California with quick access to several hubs of technology and science, including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Livermore, and Sacramento.

Salary is competitive with excellent fringe benefits.

University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field prior to the start date. Preferred areas of specialty include, but are not limited to, areas of Materials Science and/or Manufacturing, Thermal Fluid Sciences or Energy.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching at a predominantly undergraduate institution and dedicated to establishing a research program that engages students.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures is preferred.
  • Demonstrate experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting, and ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work is desired.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional standing, walking climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

Special Instructions:
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should upload the following documents:
  • Cover letter outlining qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy that includes a statement defining teaching interests
  • Research Program Plan that includes a statement outlining plans for a research program that could involve undergraduate and graduate students
  • Additionally, candidates must also provide contact information for three references

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.

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