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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty Openings

Notice of Vacancy

Assistant or Associate Professor


Location: WSU — Pullman Campus
Salary: Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience
Start: Open Until Filled

The Opportunity:

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) at Washington State University invites applications from outstanding candidates for two full-time tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering.

One position will focus on experimental research, while the other will be on theoretical/modeling work. Candidates with research interests in ceramic materials will be given the highest priority. Experience in ceramic processing, powder processing, functionally graded materials, and ceramic coatings will be of significant interest for the experimental position. Expertise in the processing-structure-properties relationship in ceramics related to thermomechanical properties for extreme applications, such as hypersonic flight, will be a plus. For the theoretical candidates, experience in data science or materials informatics methods to study ceramic materials will be of significant interest. Experience in Big data, machine learning, and high entropy materials will be a plus. Exceptional candidates with expertise in other areas of ceramic materials will also be considered.


It is expected that the successful candidate will, in collaboration with the current faculty, play a leading role in building interdisciplinary teams with substantial external research funding in the respective area, and be an effective instructor for undergraduate and graduate classes in mechanical engineering. Candidates must show a record of accomplishments that demonstrates the potential to become an outstanding scholar and educator and possess a record of accomplishments demonstrating outstanding scholarly and educational activities.



  • Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, ceramic engineering, metallurgy, or a related field by the employment start date.
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishments to build a robust research program.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.


  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborate with internal and external groups to build successful interdisciplinary teams with substantial externally-funded research.
  • Demonstrated leadership roles in the respective areas, and effective instructors of undergraduate and graduate classes in mechanical engineering.
  • Candidates at the Associate Professor level must possess superior leadership skills and experience applicable to leading large, externally-funded research programs.

How to Apply:

Applications should include a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and the names of five references with titles, addresses, business telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. References will not be contacted without consent from applicants. Applications will start being screened September 1, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled.

To apply, please visit: https:// Professor_R-6768

About MME:

MME currently has about 40 instructional faculty members, 900 undergraduate students, 90 Ph.D. students, and 20 M.S. students. The current annual extramural research expenditure is about $10 million in MME. For more information about WSU and the School of MME, please visit our home page:

About WSU:

Washington State University is one of the nation’s top 35 public research universities in both Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering, according to U.S. News and World Report. WSU is among 108 public and private universities in America recognized with the “very high research activity” categorization and among 240 universities and colleges nationwide to earn the “community engagement” classification from the Carnegie Foundation. Close collaborations exist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, and the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. WSU has excellent faculty-friendly policies, including a partner accommodation program.

About Pullman:

With a population of 33,000, Pullman is a quintessential college town—one of the top 10 in the nation according to MSN’s 2012 report on the “Best College Towns in North America.” Recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the “Best Place to Raise Kids” in Washington State, Pullman consistently boasts one of the top school districts in the state. Situated to the east of the Cascade Mountains, Pullman enjoys a dry four-season climate, with sunny, warm summers, relatively mild winters, and excellent access to outdoor recreational opportunities. To learn more about the Pullman community, visit:

WSU is an EEO/AA/ADA employer committed to providing equal opportunity without regard to national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, on-site childcare availability, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering and math (see These open positions are part of WSU’s priority to build a diverse faculty and, as such, female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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