Assistant Professor - Tenure Track -Thermal Fluids / Sustainable Energy Management - AY 24/25

California Polytechnic State University
December 01, 2023
Offerd Salary:$96,408 – $107,000
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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track -Thermal Fluids / Sustainable Energy

Management - AY 24/25

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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track -Thermal Fluids / Sustainable Energy Management - AY 24/25

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION - The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, (Cal Poly) invites qualified applicants to apply for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in the area of thermal fluids with a focus in Sustainable Energy Management. This is an opportunity for candidates who are passionate about undergraduate education to join a unique institution that values teaching and applied research activities through a “Learn by Doing” approach. Preferred specializations include alternative fuels, thermal management systems, decarbonization, and energy harvesting. Primary teaching assignments will be in undergraduate fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, thermal system design and upper division technical electives and master's level courses related to their expertise. Reviews of application will begin December 1, 2023. Applications received after this date may be considered. The starting date for this position is September 16, 2024.

Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range: $96,408 – $107,000 per year.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as part of our focus on equitable student success. This position is one of several open across the college. Successful applicants will show evidence of, or demonstrate, the potential to implement inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies as well as increase curricular coverage of the intersection of engineering and computing with societal challenges, particularly around DEI issues. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college's goals in these areas.

The college is searching for positions in the following disciplines:

· Aerospace Engineering · Civil Engineering · Computer Engineering · Computer Science / Software Engineering · Electrical Engineering · Environmental Engineering · Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering · Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the standard new faculty support, candidates with DEI focused scholarship and/or pedagogy may be awarded additional start-up funds to support their DEI work. Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds.


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field in the general area of thermal fluids and are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence and scholarly activity at the university level. Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. As teachers, all faculty members are expected to exhibit strong pedagogic skills and to remain proficient and current in their disciplines. As scholars, faculty members are expected to maintain competency in their field and enhance the vitality of our programs through undergraduate and master's level research. As colleagues, it is expected that every faculty member performs service activities at all levels of the University. An ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administration from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds is essential.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of attention to and/or the potential to contribute on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across their teaching, scholarship, and service.

Applicants must submit a diversity statement which demonstrates the candidate's experience or potential with respect to supporting the college of engineering's goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion. In particular, our vision statement is: “The Cal Poly College of Engineering will be nationally recognized for its rapidly diversifying student population and unique, inclusive Learn by Doing educational and applied research experiences. “Candidate's diversity statement should convey how their teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly will contribute to this vision. Examples include highlighting the candidate's experience and/or intentions with respect to: implementing inclusive classroom environments, the intersection of DEI in your research/scholarship, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.


Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence in university level teaching and research, experience with laboratory-based instruction, and willingness to teach in multiple areas of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Prior engineering industry experience and professional licensure is preferable, but not required. Preference will be given to those who can show evidence of working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. NOTE: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

Faculty employees who wish to apply for permanent residency will be responsible for retaining an immigration attorney. All filing and attorney's fees will be incurred by the faculty member.

For health and wellbeing, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


As a premier comprehensive polytechnic university, Cal Poly is ranked as the best public master's university in the western U.S., while its Mechanical Engineering program is also ranked as one of the best public master's level programs in the United States. The program has a strong focus on undergraduate and masters level education through a laboratory intensive, hands-on curriculum. Our 60+ tenured, tenure-track, and lecturer/adjunct faculty are dedicated engineers with a passion for teaching, innovative applied research, interacting with students, and advising student club activities. In addition to nearly a dozen teaching laboratory spaces, our student's education and extra-curricular activities are further enhanced by having direct access to state-of-the-art machine shop facilities. With access to these spaces, students can transform their paper-based designs into working prototypes.

For more information about the department, please visit https://

Cal Poly offers generous benefits for our faculty which can be found here: https: //

Cal Poly is family friendly, offering parental leave, dependent care FSAs and an on-campus children's center: https: // www.


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on teaching, (4) a statement on research, (5) a statement on diversity as described in the required qualifications section above, (6) copies of unofficial transcripts and (7) evidence of successful teaching. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. For questions, please contact Dr. Richard Emberley at [email protected].

Advertised: August 08, 2023 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time Applications close: Open Until Filled

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