Assistant Professor in Advanced Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopy

Faculty Opening

Assistant Professor in Advanced Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopy

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at The Pennsylvania State University seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of advanced scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM). Tenured academic ranks will also be considered in exceptional cases. Candidates who enrich our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated expertise in advanced S/TEM. In particular, we seek outstanding candidates interested in advanced use of existing TEM equipment at Penn State (Titan3 G2 and Talos F200X in the Materials Research Institute) and customizing it for in-situ and/or environmental operando, to explore an active research endeavor to discover new physics and/or materials science and/or physical/chemical processes. We are especially interested in applicants whose research focuses on, but is not limited to, in-situ/operando TEM characterization of materials for quantum optics/computing, 2D materials, chemical catalysis, electrochemical charging, crystalline growth, phase transition, and mechanical failure. Successful candidates will benefit from the highly interdisciplinary environment at Penn State and establish cross-disciplinary collaborations on campus in engineering and materials sciences, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering and mechanics. Candidates are welcome to expand their research areas into cryo-TEM (FEI Titan Krios) and contribute to the convergence of the Materials and Life Sciences.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses and offer new courses in ESM. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in an engineering science-related discipline that must be completed by the position start date, and track record of accomplishments in both research and teaching.

Nominations and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Screening of applicants will begin on October 15, 2018. Expected start date is August 2019.

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statements on research, teaching, and past or future contributions to diversity and inclusion
  4. Three relevant publications
  5. Names and addresses of four references

Please submit these items electronically in one PDF file to job 82889 at Inquiries should be addressed to

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523