Duke University, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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Position ID:Duke-MEMS-AJGENERAL [#20528]
Position Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor, MEMS Department
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27701, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering
Appl Deadline:2021/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/11/16, finished 2022/07/23)
Position Description:    

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Occupational Summary

The Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) at Duke University is seeking to expand its pool of teaching-track faculty by hiring broadly within mechanical engineering, materials science, and/or related fields. Adjunct Assistant Professors teach up to two courses per semester, and no more than three per academic year. Appointments are made on a per-semester basis.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in mechanical engineering, materials science, or allied fields; is enthusiastic about teaching and learning; and has a track record of effective teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. This position is an excellent opportunity for those interested in academia, offering the opportunity to obtain rigorous teaching experience prior to embarking on their eventual career path. For some, it may represent an opportunity that allows them to bring their industry experiences to the classroom while concurrently engaged in real-world engineering. Screening of candidates will begin immediately until the position is filled.

Work Performed

Teaching duties will consist of no more than three courses per year. Graduate and undergraduate student mentorship and advisement is expected within the context of this course for projects aligned with the core mission of the department. It is expected that externally-visible course outcomes can be disseminated broadly. Scholarly activities outside the classroom are encouraged including, but not limited to, industry collaborations, engineering education research, or other similar outcomes. Interaction with industrial partners is strongly encouraged to provide practical input to the program and provide sources for student internships. Required Qualifications at this Level


A PhD in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field focused on any of the core mechanical engineering and materials science topics in the MEMS curricula. Visit links to the courses here for graduate and undergraduate curricula.


Teaching experience or mentoring is favorable (undergraduate and/or graduate); course evaluations are to be provided in application materials.


Skills vary according to the intended course(s). Candidates should provide a description of relevant skills and experience with specific courses for which they would like to be considered. The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.

Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
email address
Duke University
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Box 90300
Durham, NC 27708