Open Position(s)

Tenure-track Faculty Positions in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant/associate professor level with expertise in at least one (and preferably more than one) of the following areas: aerospace systems, avionics, robotics, controls (Position 1); and thermal/fluid sciences and their application to energy systems, automotive, manufacturing (Position 2). Candidates must possess a doctorate in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a closely related discipline.  Rank will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience.


Applicants are expected to contribute to the core teaching, mentoring, and research missions of the department. In particular, the successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, externally-funded research program, teach core aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate- and undergraduate-level courses, develop new specialized courses, work collaboratively with diverse populations, supervise graduate research and contribute to departmental, college and university services.


The Department has 31 full-time faculty members supported by six technical and administrative staff. There are currently 1315 undergraduate students enrolled in the department and about 130 graduate students. We maintain full ABET accreditation in both of our undergraduate degree programs, Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Systems Engineering. Our particular strengths are the SAE design teams, the capstone senior design projects and the cooperative education program.


The Department offers a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering. The College also offers an Engineering Management Master’s degree in conjunction with the College of Business, and an Engineering Applied Mathematics Ph.D. degree in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics.  The Department and College are host or co-host to several research centers and institutes, including the NSF CenTire Center for Tire Research, the Conquer Chiari Research Center, and the Center for Surface Engineering and Lubrication Research.


At the University of Akron, you will find excellence in 302 academic degree programs, with more than 23,000 students from 45 U.S. states and 92 foreign countries. You will find a metropolitan setting in the heart of a dynamic regional economy. In the greater Akron-Cleveland metropolitan area, you will be able to enjoy a large variety of recreational activities, beautiful parks, hiking, biking and skiing trails.


To apply, please visit and refer to Positions #1058 and #1059. Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research, a statement describing your past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions, and the names of at least three references. Prior experience and a commitment to continue working with or teaching diverse groups and diverse students will be valued. Women, under-represented minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are particularly encouraged to apply. The review process will commence immediately, and the search will remain open until the positions are filled. The expected start date for both positions is August 2018.


For additional information regarding the department and the university, visit our web site at . The University of Akron is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.