Assistant Professor - Fluid Mechanics

$98,000 - $102,000 yearly
  • California State University, Northridge, Mechanical Engineering Department
  • California State University, Northridge, Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA, USA
  • Aug 16, 2023
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in fluid mechanics at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and have research interests in fluid mechanics. Candidates must demonstrate a specialization in either experimental methodologies or computational analysis/simulation of complex models involving fluids. They are expected to develop and conduct an effective research program in areas of fluid-structure-interactions, turbulent flows, flow of complex fluids, or bio-inspired fluid mechanics.

Teaching responsibilities include instruction and participation in and supervision of capstone student design projects. Candidates are expected to supervise MS theses and provide academic and professional advisement to undergraduate and graduate students. Initiation and maintenance of creative scholarly activities and an externally funded research program are expected. Active and effective participation in curriculum development, assessment and accreditation, and other departmental activities, as well as in professional and student organizations (e.g., ASME, ASEE), are normative expectations. Additionally, candidates should demonstrate experience or a willingness to pursue evidence-based approaches that promote retention of students from culturally diverse backgrounds.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion. Given CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, or a closely related field from an accredited
    institution (Doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment)
  • An undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field from an accredited
  • College or University-level teaching experience, in-person and/or online
  • Demonstration of teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels in the area of fluid mechanics
  • Demonstration of research in the areas identified above
  • Evidence of research publications in the areas mentioned in the position description in peer-reviewed
    journals and/or conference proceedings within the past 3 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of effective engagement or potential to engage with a diverse student body
  • Experience using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students
  • Experience creating a student-centered learning environment
  • Research/Lab experience that includes working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience adopting inclusive approaches to mentoring
  • Academic (teaching or research) experience at an ABET-accredited institution
  • Post-doctoral or industry experience
  • A record of receiving grant funding or potential for receiving external funding from government
    agencies, private companies, and/or scientific societies

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link: 

Applicants must submit a cover letter addressing: 1) how they would make a unique contribution to the department; 2) a preliminary plan for establishing their independent research program, 3) their experience working with a diverse population to the website in the section above. Applicants must submit the cover letter along with their curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, diversity statement, and the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three referees who can address the candidate’s teaching, research, and service qualifications. In later stages of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide additional materials, including letters of recommendation, verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates, professional work samples, and evidence of student mentoring.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.


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Application Deadline

Screening of applications will begin September 15, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.