MSE Professor and Department Chair

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
October 01 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

MSE Professor and Department Chair

Start date: July 1, 2019 and as soon as able

Guaranteed Consideration Date: January 6,2019


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; commitment to safety 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.

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:

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

About the Department:

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 23 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 211 undergraduate and 50 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. (


To Apply to this Position:

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

  1. Letter of Application/Cover Letter that addresses the preferred qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Statement for each of the following:
    • Educational philosophy
    • Research philosophy
    • Leadership philosophy
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Vision for the future of the department. Attach as 'Other Document (1)'
  4. 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 January 7, 2019, 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.

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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