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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty Openings

Notice of Vacancy

Scholarly Assistant Professor


Location: WSU — Pullman Campus
Salary: Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience
Timeline: Screening of applicants will begin January 3, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Start: August 16, 2022

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 for a faculty position at the rank of Scholarly Assistant Professor at the Pullman campus. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position, with an academic year (nine-month) appointment.

The successful candidate is expected to teach three to four courses per semester and contribute to curriculum development in a range of areas within Mechanical Engineering. The candidate will also be expected to provide service in support of School’s activities. Service duties may include establishment and oversight of laboratory facilities, engaging in mentoring and outreach activities, as well as other activities assigned by the School Director.

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WSU has one of the largest undergraduate programs in the Pacific Northwest, with about 1000 students and 45 faculty members spread across three sister campuses (the main campus at Pullman, and sister departments at Everett, Tri-cities, and Bremerton). Our graduate student and postdoctoral researcher populations are growing, underpinned by continuously increasing annual research expenditures (currently over $9m), with over 130 PhD students and 60 MS students. It is one of few schools where both Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) programs are offered under the same roof, allowing our students to be reared in a highly interdisciplinary, enriching environment.

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An earned PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field by the time of hire, OR an earned MS degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field by the time of hire.  Candidates with an MS degree must have previous teaching or industrial experience.  Candidates must be qualified to teach a wide variety of undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in mechanical engineering, including in the areas of Thermo-Fluids, Design and Mechanics.  Ability to teach in the first two areas is particularly important.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are pre-requisites.


Preference will be given to candidates with prior industrial and/or teaching experience.  We seek candidates who demonstrate strong commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion with respect to gender, ethnicity, underrepresented minority status, first-generation status and socioeconomic status.

How to Apply:

Applications should include a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; and the names of three references with titles, addresses, business telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.  The application must be submitted by creating an account online at

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About MME:

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering currently has about 40 instructional faculty members, 900 undergraduate students, 110 PhD students and 40 MS students. The current annual extramural research expenditure in MME is over $9million. 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 re- search 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 North- west 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.

Aerial view of WSU Pullman Campus
Aerial view of WSU Pullman Campus