Cornell University, Materials Science & Engineering

Position ID:Cornell-MSE-LECT [#20325]
Position Title: Lecturer/ Senior Lecture
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: STEM Discipline or STEM Education
Material Science and Engineering
Appl Deadline:2022/02/03 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2021/11/01, finished 2022/08/06)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Cornell University Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in the College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time, long-term Lecturer or Senior Lecturer position at Cornell’s Ithaca campus starting in the summer of 2022.  Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York, with a county population of about 100,000 in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Cornell and Ithaca offer a wide range of cultural activities, sports, and outdoor activities with the pleasures of both city and country close at hand.

Depending on candidate qualifications and experience, the initial appointment will be either a three year (Lecturer) or five year (Senior Lecturer) appointment. This non-tenure track position is a professional teaching career track with the potential for growth, the expectation of reappointment, and eventual promotion for Lecturers. The department offers a competitive salary and benefits package, with lecturers playing an active role in departmental teaching, service, and governance. Cornell University also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, with its Dual Career program along with membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium that assists with dual career searches.

The rigorous curriculum of the highly-ranked Cornell MSE undergraduate program ranges from the fundamental chemistry and physics of materials to the detailed properties and applications of all classes of advanced materials. Self-standing laboratory courses and laboratory modules integrated with lecture courses are essential elements of this curriculum.  We are seeking candidates who can teach existing laboratory courses, in particular Junior Laboratory I and II, as well as develop new laboratory courses and modules associated with courses from the freshman to the senior undergraduate level. The strategic plan of the MSE department outlines the addition of new instructional resources in the areas of materials characterization, processing and manufacturing.  An ideal candidate will exhibit the educational innovation and initiative needed to design laboratory experiences that fully utilize departmental as well as campus-wide resources and enable undergraduates to acquire the skills and knowledge relevant to careers in advanced materials.  The first three years of the appointment will include laboratory teaching and curriculum development during the fall and spring semesters in the academic year as well curriculum  development  and support of laboratory and apparatus improvements in the winter breaks and summer semesters.   Once these laboratory experiences are established and incorporated successfully into the curriculum, there is potential for this position to include collaborative lecturing responsibilities with other MSE faculty in elective lecture courses that MSE plans to add to its curriculum, such as courses concerned with metallurgy, manufacturing, and materials for medicine. MSE also encourages scholarship in the areas of laboratory instructional pedagogy and research-based teaching strategies, particularly as such scholarship contributes to the program. Disseminating engineering education results via conference presentations and publications is desirable, and funds are available to support the presentation and/or publication of pedagogy research.

By August 2022 candidates should have been granted a PhD or equivalent degree in materials science and engineering or in a related field such as chemistry, physics, or an engineering discipline involving mechanical, electrical, chemical, or biological materials. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, familiarity with the pedagogy of laboratory instruction, and facility with designing and operating scientific apparatus.  Applicants should submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae (CV); a statement addressing their experience and skills in teaching, including instruction in a laboratory environment; and a statement describing their approach to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion (described below).  Included in the application should be the names of at least three people who can, upon the request of the MSE department, provide reference letters that speak to the candidate’s teaching and laboratory abilities. Candidates may optionally include copies of publications, recent teaching evaluations and/or syllabi, and any other relevant materials.

The MSE Department and the College of Engineering at Cornell   embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts and is inclusive of students of all races,      nationalities and genders. People from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. The required diversity statement should describe the candidate’s potential contributions to diversity and inclusion and should parallel the statement expected of applicants to tenure-track positions detailed in the University’s Contribution to Diversity statement. 


The above application materials should be submitted online at Applications will be reviewed starting Dec. 1 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries about your application may be directed to

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New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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Ithaca, NY 14853