Mechanical Engineering (School of Engineering), University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-MechanicalEngineerin-2018156 [#10252, 2018156]
Position Title: Assistant / Associate Professor, UTC-IASE
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Connecticut, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Mechanical Engineering / advanced energy technologies, manufacturing and product development, Robotics
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2017/10/20)
Position Description:    

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The United Technologies Corporation Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (IASE) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) solicits applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering to conduct research, education and outreach related to systems engineering.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, sustain, and grow a research program of excellence in theoretical and/or computational research in Mechanical Engineering, with an interest in building strong ties to the Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering. Manufacturing/Robotic/Cyber-Physical Systems as well as Systems Design are of particular interest, although other applications relevant to the Mechanical Engineering Department will also be considered. The research program is based on a deep collaboration between industry and the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering.
  • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses that meet the curricular needs of IASE with particular emphasis on enhancing UTC-IASE’s systems engineering curriculum. Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students with particular emphasis in the area of cyber-physical systems and systems engineering.
  • Provide service and leadership to all units of the University of Connecticut, to external academic and scientific communities, and to the general public.

About the University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-singl-hi-optimized_1).  As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years.  We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for tenured/tenure-track faculty appointments in the UTC-IASE at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  Key developments driving this growth also include the establishment in 2013 of a General Electric Partnership for Advanced Materials, Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation, FEI Center of Excellence in Microscopy, Eversource Center for Energy Resiliency, and the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering. 

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development.  The successful candidate will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

About the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering

There is a significant national need to expand capabilities in analytical systems engineering deemed pivotal to successful product development, namely a) requirements analysis, b) architecture selection, c) model-based development, and d) system design flows.  In recognition of this need, UConn, in partnership with UTC, has established the Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering, which serves as a hub for applied and theoretical research, workforce development, and industrial outreach activities on analytical systems engineering of complex physical and software intensive systems.  The Institute's goal is to become a premier academic resource for advanced research, development and technology transfer, teaching and workforce development in distributed, heterogeneous, adaptive and intelligent systems.  The Institute seeks to advance the science base of systems including design, validation, verification, modeling and methodologies, and accelerate its technological translation into sustained industrial support and growth.

The Institute is established with significant investments from the United Technologies Corporation as well as the University of Connecticut. The resources available to the center include two endowed positions, four endowed graduate fellowships, five new faculty positions, and a current team of more than 20 outstanding faculty members with research interests in Systems Engineering across the School of Engineering.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or related discipline by the time of the appointment. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  2. Strong background and research interests in at least one of the areas identified above.
  3. A record of, or demonstrated potential in, scholarship and establishing a successful, externally funded research program.
  4. A proven record of, or commitment to, excellence in teaching, and dedication to promoting diversity through teaching, service and/or research.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Research and teaching expertise in areas that complement existing strengths of the UTC-IASE.
  2. Demonstrated outstanding scholarly contributions in research.
  3. Passion for engineering education.
  4. Experience in developing research grant applications to funding agencies.
  5. Experience in conducting research in a competitive interdisciplinary research environment.
  6. Demonstrated ability to contribute through research, teaching and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a 9-month tenure-track position with an earliest expected start date of August 23, 2018.  The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be with the Mechanical Engineering department at UConn’s main campus in Storrs, CT.  Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY

Select "Apply Now" to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Application packages should include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); a commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research, and pedagogical techniques to  meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.), and the names and contact information of five professional references.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately continue until the position is filled.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2018156).

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

 





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Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Connecticut
191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3139
Storrs, CT 06269-3139

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