Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering: Materials Science and Manufacturing

$85,000 - $98,642 yearly
  • Portland State University, Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Oct 11, 2021
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


The Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) Department at Portland State University seeks a highly qualified candidate to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, with research and teaching interests in the areas of Materials Science and Manufacturing. Candidates should have an interest in conducting research in materials development for semiconductors, biosensors, and/or energy storage systems.  Exceptional candidates will also be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. 

The successful candidate is expected to initiate a research program that can be sponsored by external funding agencies. The research program should be able to expand, complement, and collaborate with the existing research activities in the MME Department (, and/or align with the strategic vision of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS) ( The anticipated start date for this position is September 16, 2022, but earlier or later dates can be negotiated.

The MME Department ( currently has 12 tenure-track faculty members (11 tenure-track), including 1 NSF CAREER Award recipient and 1 PECASE recipient. The Department offers four degree programs and one graduate certificate: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME), Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MSMSE), Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME), Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Graduate Certificate in Semiconductor Materials and Manufacturing. All degree programs are accredited, the BSME program through ABET and the graduate programs through NWCCU.  MME graduate programs include enrollment of employees from high-tech companies in the Portland metro area, creating opportunities for establishing research collaborations and partnerships with local companies.

The MME Department is committed to educate, inspire, prepare, and mentor students to excel as professionals and to grow throughout their careers in science and engineering. The Department nurtures a professional, collaborative, and supportive learning environment that encourages initiative, innovation, and willingness to change; promotes scholarship and teaching excellence; and sustains a vital, state-of-the-art research enterprise for students and faculty to create, interpret, apply and disseminate knowledge.

Portland State University is a public university located in the heart of one of the most progressive and vibrant cities in the U.S. The University is known nationally for its innovation, community engagement, and sustainability initiatives. Its urban setting and its unique relationship with the city, the regional agencies, and the local high-tech companies provides a living laboratory for urban research, and industry and government collaboration. The greater Portland area is home to numerous leading semiconductor companies including Intel, ON Semiconductor, Lattice Semiconductor, Microchip Technology, and Wafer Tech, to mention just a few. Other industry leaders such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, Amazon, Synopsis, Oracle, Apple, and Nvidia have a significant presence in Portland as well.

Portland State University and MCECS have a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity, equity, inclusion and multiculturalism, and provide a welcoming atmosphere with unique professional opportunities for leaders from underrepresented groups. Portland State University is not only Portland’s public research university, it is also Oregon’s most diverse, innovative and affordable research university.

Job Duties/Responsibilities: 

The successful applicant will maintain scholarly and funded research activities; teach undergraduate and graduate classes; advise students; and provide service to the university, professional communities, and to the public.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


A minimum of a Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering, or a relevant field, is required, with expertise including but not limited to semiconductors, advanced materials, or the manufacturing processes to support them. Candidates with an ABD will be considered, though the Ph.D. must be completed by the employment start date.


Application Details

To Apply:

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Applicants must provide:

(1) a cover letter addressing how the applicant will contribute to the research portfolio and the strategic vision of the MME Department and MCECS

(2) a curriculum vitae

(3) a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy

(4) a statement of research interests and plans for developing a successful research program

(5) a statement of philosophy and experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion

(6) contact information for three professional references


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Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


Portland State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


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Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.