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Faculty position - Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University

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Faculty position - Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University Faculty Position

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position to begin Septmeber 1, 2011. We anticipate hiring at the tenured Associate or Full Professor level, although truly exceptional candidates may be considered at the level of untenured Assistant or Associate Professor.

Department Overview

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) is one of four departments in the Pratt School of Engineering, an outstanding school within a world-class, top-ranked teaching and research university. The Department currently has 26 full-time faculty members and over 250 students pursuing B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. With average annual research expenditures of $6M, the Department was recently ranked 8th nationally for scholarly productivity of faculty by the Chronicle of Higher Education (2008). Areas of faculty specialization are: Aeroelasticity, Aerodynamics, Biomechanics, Computational Materials Science, Computational Mechanics, Controls, Energy, Intelligent Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, Nanoscience, Surface and Interface Science, Single Molecule Mechanics, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, and Vibrations.

The Department derives strength from cross-disciplinary collaborations in the Pratt School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, and throughout the university. Many MEMS faculty are active in thrust areas such as nanotechnology, bioengineering, and energy research, organized around Duke's hallmark interdisciplinary centers, including the Center for Bioinspired Materials and Materials Systems (CBIMMS) and Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT). The Pratt School is committed to the Department's continued growth and excellence, with several faculty hires in progress or planned.

Candidate Profile and Responsibilities

The successful candidate should have a track record of high quality scholarly research, and a demonstrated capability to secure research funding. Once hired, the successful candidate is expected to establish a vibrant research program, obtain competitive external research funding, participate actively in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute through service to the welfare of the department.


Applicants should submit their application packet containing a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of at least four references to: Applications received before January 1, 2011 will receive full consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


Please contact the head of the search committee, Prof. Pei Zhong ( with questions.

Duke University and Health System is an equal opportunity institution. Duke is committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. If you have a disability requiring reasonable accommodations during the application process, please contact Disability Management Systems at 919-684-8247.

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