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Assistant, Associate or Full, Materials Science & Engineering

Apply now Job No: 21229, 21230
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Michigan Technological University and The Materials Science and Engineering department invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. Preferred applicants will have a degree in MSE or a materials-centric discipline. Applicants whose research focuses on contemporary approaches to traditional processing-structure-property relationships in materials are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of professional contributions, commensurate with rank, and the potential to continue and sustain a high-quality, peer-recognized research program. Applicants with skills that demonstrate the ability to develop an effective teaching program with both undergraduate-level breadth and graduate-program depth within the MSE discipline are also desired.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Establish and maintain an essential role in the department’s teaching program at both the undergraduate and graduate level, supporting both the core MSE curriculum and through the development of relevant signature electives. Assist with curricular/program development, assessment, and continuous improvement.

Develop and maintain a strong, externally-recognized research program that includes the establishment of a continuous record of external funding, ongoing graduate advising, peer-recognized scholarship, and contributions to the advancement of knowledge within the profession.

Contribute to the success and reputation of the department by participating in professional service activities at the departmental, college, university, and professional levels.

Establish, promote, and execute a culture of safety within personal labs, departmental labs, university classrooms, and in all work activities. Implement ongoing continuous improvement strategies to all activities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

An earned doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering or a materials-centric discipline.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

An established record of scholarship, and a demonstrated potential to propose, lead, administer, and successfully effectuate a sustainable research program.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

An undergraduate degree in the discipline of Materials Science and Engineering or closely-related field would be helpful to support instruction of discipline-specific core topics. Experience with classroom teaching, university course design, peer-leadership positions or responsibilities; and research planning, advising, and administration would be considered highly relevant and desirable. Experience in the development of advanced materials or processes in an industrial research and development environment or national laboratory would be positively considered. Experience leading or mentoring students, interns, or junior colleagues would also be evaluated as highly desired and relevant.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

An ability to successfully communicate and convey ideas and concepts in a variety of contexts and to the breadth of audiences encountered at a research university; including undergraduate and graduate students, and research and professional colleagues.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Strong and effective written and oral communication style and skills. An ability to collaborate with peers, effectively convey ideas and opportunities, and provide additive-value to multi-investigator activities and projects.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office, laboratory, and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applications should be submitted electronically to and will include: a cover letter summarizing qualifications, relevant experience, and motivation for applying; a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae, and a brief summary of instructional interests and research plans. Contact information for three professional references will be asked for as part of the application, to be contacted at a later time.

Applications received by 15 December 2021 will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Nominations or inquiries of a general nature may be directed to

Additional Information

Michigan Tech enrolls approximately 7,000 students, of which over 4,100 are in the College of Engineering. The MSE Department has an experienced faculty (presently sixteen members) and an approximate enrollment of 135 undergraduates and graduate students with substantial opportunities for growth. The department features outstanding educational and research infrastructure, including state of the art electron-optic facilities, a broad range of materials-processing facilities, and a comprehensive inventory of materials-characterization capabilities, all housed within approximately 125,000 square feet of modern research laboratories. The educational and research programs are supported by highly qualified, dedicated technical staff that includes specialists formally trained in core disciplinary methods and technologies. Numerous opportunities exist to collaborate with colleagues conducting materials-related research in peer departments across campus. Additional information about the department, college, and university can be accessed at

Michigan Tech was established in 1885 as the Michigan College of Mining to support the emerging industries of the state and remains on the forefront of technological innovation as an internationally recognized research university specializing in engineering and science education and discovery. The campus is located on the adventure-rich Keweenaw Peninsula in the city of Houghton in Michigan’s historic Upper Peninsula. Michigan Tech offers a friendly, safe, and affordable living community with excellent opportunities for seasonal, year-round recreation and a rich quality-of-life.

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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