Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Iowa State University
Iowa, Ames
October 13 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

 Appointment Type: Faculty

 Job Description:
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering ( at Iowa State University (ISU) invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position in technical areas contributory to its education and research efforts. Priority consideration will be given to candidates with expertise in biomaterials and biomedical applications. The experience level may span experimental, computational, or clinical research related to synthesis, structure, properties, and performance of soft/cellular materials and tissues, hard/soft material interfaces, prosthetic implants or device materials, and biomimetic structures. Exceptional candidates in other related areas will also be considered. Candidates with commensurate experience and proven track records will be considered for a tenured Associate or Full Professor ranks.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant research program, develop an innovative course portfolio at the undergraduate and graduate level in materials science and engineering, and engage in professional and institutional service and leadership. All faculty members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standard of integrity and ethics.

The candidate will have opportunities to engage in significant interdisciplinary collaborations on the Iowa State University campus. Collaborative options include Ames Laboratory ( and its Sensitive Instrument Facility, the Materials Preparation Center, and the Critical Materials Institute, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (; the Center for Advanced Nonferrous Structural Alloys (; the Nanovaccine Institute (; the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (; the Bioeconomy Institute (; the ISU Office of Biotechnology (; the Microelectronics Research Center; and the College of Veterinary Medicine (

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has 28 faculty members, including members of the National Academy of Engineering, a Nobel Prize winner, and three members of the National Academy of Inventors. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has about200 undergraduate students and about55 graduate students. Sponsored research expenditures of the department are over $13M per year. The MSE department and College of Engineering are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity that permeate its culture. Successful candidates will have an equal commitment to and appreciation for how diversity, equity, and inclusivity foster innovation. Candidates from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science and engineering are strongly encouraged to apply.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer with externally funded programs to broaden the participation of women and underrepresented minorities and enhance the success of all faculty in STEM fields.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph D. or equivalent in materials science, biomedical engineering, or a related area
  • Experience or training relevant to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses
  • Associate or Full Professor candidates will have demonstrated research and teaching accomplishments and the potential for continued excellence according to the level of appointment sought

  Preferred Qualifications

  • S. and/or M.S. in materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated track record of published research in the field of materials science and engineering.
  • Experience in the preparation, submission, and administration of research grant proposals pursuant to targeted funding opportunities, including federal, state, non-profit, and industrial sponsorship programs.
  • Experience in university-level teaching, including undergraduate and graduate levels, especially in the topical areas described above.
  • Experience in supervising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research.
  • Significant industrial collaborations/experience in a related area.
  • Demonstrated experience in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Proposed Start Date: August 16, 2022

 Number of Months Employed Per Year:

09 Month Work Period

 Time Type: Full time

Application Instructions:
Please apply online at:

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. All interested, qualified persons must apply for this position online at to Job Requisition Number R6334.

Please be prepared to enter or attach the following in PDF format:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of application/Cover letter. If your career has been impacted by the COVID pandemic or other event(s), please describe this in your Cover letter.
  3. Contact information for three references, including name, address, e-mail address and phone number
  4. Other documents (submitted in one PDF):
  • A one-page statement of teaching philosophy, experiences, and interests, especially of those courses in our department.
  • A concise statement of research interests and experiences with a vision for future research not to exceed three pages.
  • A one-page statement on your strategies to support diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A minimum of one, and not more than three, representative refereed conference or journal publication(s).

The search committee will complete a majority of the search process, candidate review, and interviewing virtually to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and candidates. Final candidates will be invited to campus for a mix of face-to-face and virtual meetings.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to J. Cui ( and S. Pathak (

Job Requisition Number: R6334