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Associate Professor, Tenure Track, in Quantum Information Science and Technology

Mechanical Engineering
Seattle, Washington State
$11,111-$17,000 per month
Date posted
Jan 19, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, invites outstanding faculty candidates to apply for a full-time faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position is on a 9-month service period with an anticipated start date of September 16, 2024.

This position will perform research in quantum information science and technology (QIST) in one of the following areas of interest: quantum control, machine learning to optimize QIST systems, quantum machine learning, and quantum mechanical/acoustic systems.


The UW Mechanical Engineering Department has achieved national or international prominence in additive and advanced manufacturing techniques, including composite materials manufacturing, biomechanics and biomedical engineering sciences, physics-based machine learning and artificial intelligence modeling and controls, energy storage and electrification, renewable energy, robotics, turbulence and multiphase fluid mechanics, etc.

The ME Department at the University of Washington is in a significant and sustained growth period and seeks to build on existing strengths while expanding its impact. Candidates with a strong background in all areas of quantum information science and technology (QIST) are encouraged to apply. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to: potential to conduct world-class research and to innovate in quantum-enabled technologies; ability to leverage the ME Department’s and the University’s competitive advantage in QIST to help launch multidisciplinary research efforts; potential to develop a high- impact research program with national and international recognition and impact; excellent communication skills; and research, teaching, and/or service that had prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. We want to emphasize that the individual’s excellence in research, as clearly identified by a record of publication in archival journals and presentations and top international conferences, is more important than the specific area of sub-specialization.


The successful applicant will be expected to develop an internationally recognized extramurally funded research program and to provide innovative, high-quality teaching. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to an inclusive and equitable campus environment, collaborate with members of the department, as well as other researchers within the University and affiliated institutions, participate in the department’s teaching of Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs, and contribute to the mentoring and training of graduate students in the department’s Masters and/or Ph.D. programs. Candidates are expected to be champions for diversity, equity and inclusion in ME, proposing and implementing initiatives and activities, as well as innovative undergraduate curriculum, and graduate courses in their areas of expertise.  

The University of Washington, located in Seattle, Washington, the heart of the high-tech Pacific Northwest, is one of the world’s leading universities, ranking No. 6 in Best Global Universities in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report ( The College of Engineering and the ME Department foster a highly collegial and collaborative culture. Applications from women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are strongly encouraged. We are committed to creating innovative and high-quality research and teaching programs that contribute to a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

The Mechanical Engineering department’s research and teaching portfolio covers all aspects of the broad field of mechanical engineering. The department currently has 39 full-time tenured, tenure track, research and teaching faculty, 600 undergraduates, 250 Master’s students, 150 PhD students and 30 postdoctoral researchers and continues to grow. More information about the ME department is available at

The base salary range for this position will be $11,111-$17,000 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


Applicants must have a PhD or foreign equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline by the date of appointment. 


Application Instructions

Applications should include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statements of research plans and educational experience and philosophy, and 4) a statement of how they have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion at the previous institutions they have been affiliated with and how they plan to contribute to the UW’s efforts and goals in DEI. The applicant should also provide the names and contact information for at least three references and copies of their three most significant publications.

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2024, with applications accepted until the position is filled.

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