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Assistant or Associate Professor

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Department: Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics
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, Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics invites applications for the position of Professor at all ranks, multiple hires are expected. Applicants for the position are required to have earned doctorates in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field. All research areas are of interest, including space technology, aerospace technology, NVH, acoustics/noise control, composites, electric vehicles, and more.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff 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)

Successful candidates will be expected to develop externally funded research programs in their areas of interest while fostering collaboration with other faculty, engage in both undergraduate and graduate teaching at a high level and contribute to professional service.
Employees are expected to apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work and to commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Earned doctorate in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

  • Applicants must have experience in Engineering or science research resulting in scholarly publications and must demonstrate familiarity with financial/funding resources and opportunities utilized by U.S. Academic Institutions.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

  • Experience teaching in an institution of higher education.
  • Will have demonstrated the skills required to design a course/class at the university level.
  • Will have leadership experience advising a team of research staff. 
  • Will have experience with research additive proposal writing.

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

  • All mechanical engineering research areas are of interest, including but not limited to space technology, aerospace technology, NVH, acoustics/noise control, composites, and electric vehicles.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

  • Knowledge of university curriculum development, skills in technical communication, and proposal writing.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office 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 pieces of training; 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.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

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)

For full consideration, complete application packages should be received by November 15, 2022; however, applications will be considered until the positions are filled. To apply please visit

Applicants will need to upload a current curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research interests, statement of teaching experience and interests, and a statement describing their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and service.

Additional Information

Our undergraduate mechanical engineering program is ranked 34th and our graduate program is ranked 63rd among doctoral-granting ME programs by the U.S. NEWS Best undergraduate and graduate programs. The National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks Mechanical Engineering in Research Expenditures at Michigan Tech 18th in FY2020 (latest rankings) with $20.255 Million among all Mechanical Engineering programs in the U.S. Our department is 8th in undergraduate enrollment, 5th in MSME enrollment, and 26th in Ph.D. enrollment (latest ASEE data). For more information about the ME-EM department please visit

Located in Houghton Michigan, in the heart of Upper Michigan’s scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, the university is just a few miles from Lake Superior. The surrounding area is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities throughout the year.

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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