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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty Openings

Notice of Vacancy

Multiple Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Mechanical Engineering


Location:  WSU — Pullman Campus
Salary:  See the announcement for salary specifications
Screening Begin Date:  First consideration will be provided to applications submitted prior to November 1, 2023.
Posting Close Date:  Applicants must submit their completed application by April 15, 2024 at 11:59pm
Start Date: 
It is anticipated that successful candidates will begin their appointment on Aug 16, 2024.

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. One is at the rank of Assistant Professor, and the other at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, both in Mechanical Engineering. The department seeks to build upon our core strengths and serve the needs of our state and region in nuclear energy, advanced manufacturing, hydrogen, and aerospace research areas.

Nuclear Energy applicants at both the Assistant and Associate level are encouraged within the topics of nuclear engineering, safety analysis, reactor design, nuclear materials, and radiation damage. Candidates are encouraged in all topics of mechanical engineering at the Assistant Professor level with emphasis on research interests aligned with the department strengths and state needs, as indicated above.

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.

Applicants must show a record of accomplishments that demonstrates the potential to become an outstanding scholar and educator, and potential to build a robust research program and embody excellent communication skills.

Applications should include a cover letter describing relevant experience, interest in the position; curriculum vitae; statements of research interests and teaching philosophy; Diversity, Equity or Inclusion Statement; 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. Applicants must submit their application by April 15, 2024. First consideration will be provided to applications submitted prior to November 1, 2023. It is anticipated that successful candidates will begin their appointment on August 16, 2024. For questions about the search, please contact Lloyd Smith,

To apply, please visit: WSU Jobs (

About MME:

MME currently has about 40 instructional faculty members, 900 undergraduate students, 100 PhD students and 15 MS students. The current annual extramural research expenditure in MME is $10 million. The School of MME prides itself in being an engineering practice-oriented integrated community of both mechanical and materials engineering, with multiple campuses across the state, close to key industry partners in nuclear, aerospace, and naval engineering. Our students are world-class, many winning nationally and internationally competitive awards as individuals or teams. About one quarter of all undergrad students participate in engineering clubs, and many complete undergraduate research. Our faculty exhibit excellence in both teaching and research, and we sustain multiple internationally recognized research programs in healthcare, manufacturing, energy, robotics, and advanced materials. The proximity of the Pullman campus to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides exciting opportunities for our students and faculty, including several joint research institutes, including the Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology. Joint appointments for WSU faculty with PNNL are possible for successful candidates.

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.

Washington State University is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. Washington State University is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. Washington State University is pro-active in exploring opportunities for the employment of spouses, both inside and outside the University.

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:


Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800- 833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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LOCATION: Washington State University – Pullman Campus