MSE Professor and Department Chair

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
February 16 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

MSE Professor and Department Chair

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University ( invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Chair. The chair is responsible for the scope and effectiveness of the teaching, research and outreach efforts of the department. Candidates are expected to have an exemplary record of achievement in research, teaching and service; to have a demonstrated commitment to achieving excellence through diversity and inclusion; and to have demonstrated professional leadership, including strong communication and team building skills. Appreciation for university-industry collaborations, technology transfer and intellectual property management will be treated as an asset. We seek a dynamic and innovative leader with a bold vision for the future of materials science and engineering.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is centrally located on the Iowa State campus with 45,000 square feet of modern teaching and research facilities. The department is nationally recognized for its research and teaching in rare earth and magnetic materials, energy generation and storage, multifunctional materials, advanced metals and ceramics, materials processing, soft matter, biomaterials, nanomaterials, computational materials science, advanced characterization and nondestructive evaluation, and materials genomics. The 22 tenured or tenure-track faculty are well recognized for excellence as measured by numerous high impact publications in top-ranked journals and their reputations in professional societies. The faculty includes a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Nobel Laureate, and a member of the National Academy of Inventors. Annual departmental research expenditures exceed $22 million. Current enrollment includes 268 undergraduate and 63 graduate students. Department faculty also collaborate extensively with the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, located on the Iowa State campus. (

The College of Engineering includes eight departments, with over 230 tenure/tenure-track faculty members, and annual research expenditures exceeding $99 million. U.S. News and World Report ranks the college in the top 25 among public universities and is one of the ten largest undergraduate engineering programs in the U.S. Unique facilities at Iowa State include the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, and interdisciplinary centers of excellence such as the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), Virtual Reality Application Center (VRAC), Center for Advanced Non-ferrous Structural Alloys, the Nanovaccines Institute, the Office of Biotechnology, the Microelectronics Research Center, the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, the NSF IUCRC Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, and the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE). Additionally, the department has a number of centers and laboratories that support the research enterprise. (


Required Education and Experience

  • PhD, or equivalent qualifications, in materials science engineering or closely related field
  • Exemplary record of achievement in research, teaching and service in university, national laboratory or industry at a level sufficient to qualify for appointment as a tenured Full Professor
  • Evidence of achieving excellence through diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to lead others to execute a shared vision


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience directing interdisciplinary programs in education and research
  • Budget and personnel management experience
  • Experience in fundraising, donor cultivation and stewardship


Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

  • Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of educational, research, diversity, and leadership philosophy that includes the candidate's vision for the future of the department (added as 'other document 1')
  • Contact information for at least five professional references

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If you have questions regarding this position, please email Professor Gül Kremer (, Chair of the search committee or call (515) 294-6668. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

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For guaranteed consideration, please apply by 03/15/2018.

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community (

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns ( in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

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