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Faculty Position in Engineering Science and Mechanics and the Materials Research Institute

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at The Pennsylvania State University seeks applicants for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in the area of advanced scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM). All academic ranks will be considered. Candidates who enrich our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Engineering Science fosters a highly interdisciplinary environment, promoting collaborations across the engineering disciplines, materials sciences, mechanics, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biological sciences.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in advanced S/TEM with interests/applications in exploring new physics, materials science, physical/chemical processes, and the convergence of the materials and life Sciences. Areas of special interest include in-situ/environmental operando techniques; materials for quantum optics/computing; 2D materials; chemical catalysis; electrochemical charging; crystalline growth; phase transitions; and mechanical behavior. Candidates will have access to Penn State’s cutting-edge microscopes (Titan3 G2, Talos F200X, and the FEI Titan Krios cryo-TEM) in the Materials Research Institute and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in ESM and offer new courses in the area of his/her expertise. Additional information about the position and department can be found at http://www.esm.psu.edu. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in an engineering science-related discipline, 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 immediately. Expected start date is August 2020.

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statements on contributions and plans on (a) research, (b) teaching, and (c) 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 90522 at psu.jobs/job/90522.

Inquiries should be addressed to ESMTEMSearchCommittee@esm.psu.edu.

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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.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523