Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

  • University of Maine
  • Orono, ME
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an anticipated start date of January 2023 or earlier.

This is a 50% teaching, 50% research position in mechanical engineering and requires active engagement in service to the University, the State, and the profession. The successful candidate will be expected to lead an externally-funded research program, develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise and mentor students, publish and present scholarly works, participate in service activities, and demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We highly encourage and welcome applications from all genders and members of historically underrepresented groups.

  • A Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, or a closely related field by date of hire.
  • A well-documented record of high-quality research in fluid mechanics, specifically in CFD and numerical modeling of internal and/or external flow fields.
  • Evidence of a strong potential for obtaining extramural funding and supporting graduate students.
  • Evidence of a strong potential for teaching excellence, and capability to develop and teach fluid mechanics and CFD courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Excellent communication skills and teamwork ability.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, research, and service.
  • Potential for collaboration in one or more areas including aerospace, mechanical, ocean, energy and biomedical engineering.
  • Experience in experimental fluid mechanics is desirable as a complement to numerical modelling expertise.
  • Industrial experience in fluid mechanics is desirable.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an ABET accredited BS program with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 500 students, the largest in the University of Maine System. The Department's MS and PhD degree programs have a graduate enrollment of over 60 students, the largest in the College of Engineering. In addition to the undergraduate concentration in Aerospace, the Department offers graduate concentrations in Aerospace, Offshore Wind Energy, Robotics & Mechantronics, and Smart Manufacturing. Faculty also teach courses that support interdisciplinary minors in several areas including Robotics and Renewable Energy Engineering, as well as a certificate in Composite Materials and Structures. The faculty are very active in research and scholarly pursuits with over $6M in new research awards, including three NSF CAREER awards in FY22. Starting in Fall 2022, the Department will be housed in the brand-new Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center, a 115,000 sf, $78-million state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facility on the UMaine campus in Orono.

The faculty in mechanical engineering have active collaborations with a number of research centers, including Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technology, Climate Change Institute, and Advanced Manufacturing Center.

The University of Maine's Alfond Wind-Wave Ocean Engineering Laboratory is a unique wind-wave simulation basin featuring a rotatable high-performance wind machine over a multidirectional wave basin. This facility is part of the 100,000 sf, $100-millon Advanced Structures and Composites Center. UMaine is a world leader in floating offshore wind turbine technology development. In 2013, the University designed, constructed and deployed the first grid-connected floating offshore wind turbine in the US, and is now leading US efforts to deploy a 10-12 MW floating turbine 14 miles off the coast of Maine, funded in part by a $40-million grant from the US Department of Energy as well as $100-million in private investment. With the US offshore wind mega-projects recently awarded in the Northeast, the growing US offshore wind industry will require world-class mechanical engineering graduates.

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