Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering (composite structures)

  • California State University Northridge, Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Nov 03, 2020
Full time   Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


Teaching responsibilities include instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as supervision of senior design projects. Active and effective participation in curriculum development, assessment and accreditation, as well as other departmental, college and university service is expected. Initiation and maintenance of creative scholarly activities as well as an externally funded research program are required. This includes the supervision of student research, including thesis projects at the Master’s level. Candidates are also expected to provide academic and professional advisement to undergraduate and graduate students.

In line with CSUN’s instructional approach, candidates should develop proficiency with learning-centered and active learning strategies, and demonstrate a commitment to implementation of these in the curriculum.

Candidates are expected to pursue external funding from state, federal, and private entities, supervise student research at the undergraduate and graduate level, and publish in reputable peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Candidates must have received their Ph.D. from an accredited institution by the effective date of employment. In addition to a broad background in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering, research interests and experience in the area of solid mechanics are sought, with a specialization in advanced composite materials. Those with expertise in architecture and hierarchical materials, or smart materials and adaptive structures may also be considered. Candidates focusing on fabrication and experimental characterization of advanced composites are particularly encouraged.

Candidates should be able to teach the core content of the Mechanical Engineering curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as possess the ability to develop and supervise hands-on projects for the senior design culminating experience.  Additionally, candidates should demonstrate pursuit of approaches which promote retention of students in traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups.

The ability to develop and conduct an effective multidisciplinary research program in one of the research areas highlighted above should be evident.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment and ability to teach, mentor and work with a diverse student population. Proficiency in both written and oral communication in English is required. At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Application Details

Applicants must submit a cover letter that specifically addresses the following: 1) how you would make a unique contribution to the department; 2) your teaching experience and philosophy; 3) your plans for establishing an independent research program at CSUN; 4) your experience working with a diverse student population. Additionally, applications should include a curriculum vitae, a research statement, and a teaching statement. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates, and at least three letters of reference from professional associates.

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Screening of applications will begin November 20, 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

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Application Deadline

Screening of applications will begin November 20, 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.