Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University

2888 10311
Position ID:OSU-MAE-MAE3AY18 [#10311]
Position Title: Thermal Energy – Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mechanical Engineering / thermal/fluid sciences
Appl Deadline: finished (2017/10/25, finished 2018/08/17, listed until 2018/04/25)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and aeronautical and astronautical engineering, and master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical, nuclear, and aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

Departmental instructional and research activities include advanced transportation systems (automotive and aerospace), energy and environmental quality, materials and manufacturing, micro- and nanotechnology, nuclear energy, and bioengineering. In July 2010, the Department of Mechanical Engineering completed a merger with the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Strong research relationships exist with the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA Glenn Research Center, and GE Aviation. Department faculty also provide leadership for the OSU Nuclear Reactor Lab, SIMCenter, Center for Automotive Research, the Center for Precision Forming and the Smart Vehicle Center; the latter two being NSF Industry and University Cooperative Research Centers.

Department faculty members participate in the university-wide Institute for Materials Research and the NSF Nanoscience and Engineering Center for affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Microdevices, and provide leadership to two ongoing multi-institutional Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives in cryogenic Peltier cooling and plasma assisted combustion.

Position Overview

This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact.

The Ohio State University Discovery Themes initiative aims to increase our research capacity and excellence. We seek a creative individual with an outstanding research record for a tenure track faculty position in the Discovery Theme area of materials and manufacturing for sustainability.

The position focuses on the general subject area of thermal energy conversion and/or storage. Potential research areas may include (but are not limited to) thermoelectric energy conversion, solar thermal energy conversion, novel phase-change materials and concepts, among others. Experimentalists are preferred, although individuals with an extraordinary record in theoretical/computational work will also be considered. The position involves setting up an active research group in this subject area, interacting with existing groups, participating in interdisciplinary research, and making optimal use of the extensive on-campus research resources of the university. The successful candidate is also expected to excel at teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, including core classes in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum.

Experience Requirements

Required: PhD in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, or Materials Engineering; Physics; Chemistry; or related field. An outstanding record of research in a field related to the study of thermal forms of energy is also required.

 The Ohio State University College of Engineering is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas including scholarship, instruction and outreach.  In the cover letter, describe experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals that promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion in one or more of these areas. 

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. 

Requires the successful completion of a background check.

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Further Info:
Scott Lab
201 W. 19th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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