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

Portand State University

United States

November 1, 2021

Description

Position Announcement Proposed Start Date 09/16/2022

Rank C - Assistant Professor Working Title Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering: Materials Science and Manufacturing Position Number D92375 Representation AU - AAUP Faculty Type Tenure Track Fixed Term End Date: Position FTE 1.0 Term of Service 9 month

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

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.

The MME Department (www. pdx.edu/mechanical-materials-engineering) 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.

Position Summary

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 (https: // www. pdx.edu/mechanical-materials- engineering/research-innovation), and/or align with the strategic vision of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS) (www. pdx.edu/cecs/strategic-vision). The anticipated start date for this position is September 16, 2022, but earlier or later dates can be negotiated.

Primary Activity I - Instructional Minimum 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.

Preferred Qualifications Key Cultural Competencies

• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences. • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement • Adheres to all PSU's policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship

Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Professional Standards of Conduct

At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at www. pdx.edu/hr/professional-standards-conduct.

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $85,000 and $98,642. The starting salary may be negotiable above this range, however it will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR. PSU's excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities

Additional Information

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 the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

(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

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.) Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No Background Check Required Yes If you have questions

mmedept@pdx.edu

Posting Close Date

Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified Application screening begins 11/01/2021 Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? Yes If yes, when must the degree be earned? 9/16/2022 If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? Yes

Reference Requests Accept References Yes

Minimum Number of References 3 Maximum Number of References 5 Cutoff Date Special Instruction for Reference Provider

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • If your current status is ABD, what month and year do you anticipate completing your Ph.D. degree? (Please answer n/a if you do not currently hold ABD status.)
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • How did you first find out about this position?
  • PSU website
  • Indeed
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Higher Ed Jobs
  • HERCJobs
  • Referral
  • Professional Listserv- please specify in comment box in the next question
  • Professional Journal- please specify in comment box in the next question
  • Other- please specify in comment box in the next question
  • If you selected Other, please describe.
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Other 2 (describe)
  • Professional References
  • Optional Documents

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