Thermal Science Faculty Position

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
November 03 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) invites applications at all academic levels for a tenure-track professor position in the area of Thermal Sciences, with a preference for a focus on nuclear engineering. Successful applicants should have the ability to build an externally funded research program, as well as contribute to the teaching of thermal science courses in the MEMS Department. Applicants should have a PhD or ScD in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, or a related field.

We are seeking applicants who have strong interdisciplinary interests and who can collaborate across engineering disciplines. The primary hiring focus will be on candidates with demonstrated experimental and/or computational research experience and a sound fundamental understanding of thermal sciences. Examples include, but not limited to, nuclear thermal hydraulics and other heat transfer applications in nuclear reactors.

The MEMS Department currently has 30 tenured or tenure-track faculty members who generate over $8 million in annual research expenditures. The Department maintains cutting-edge experimental and computational facilities in its six core research competencies: materials for extreme environments; advanced manufacturing and design; soft matter biomechanics; computational and data-enabled engineering; nuclear and other sustainable energies; and quantitative and in situ materials characterization. The MEMS Department offers nuclear engineering programs for both undergraduate and qualified graduate students. Students can earn a Professional or Research Master of Science or Graduate Certificate through flexible on-campus and online options under the guidance of faculty experts that possess senior leadership from the nuclear power industry.

The successful candidate for this position will benefit from the resources, support, and multidisciplinary research environment fostered by interdisciplinary centers, including the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research Computing ( and the Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering (, located within the Swanson School of Engineering. The latter is a user facility, which houses state-of-the-art materials characterization and fabrication capabilities.

Qualified applicants should submit their applications through this posting in the Pitt Talent Center ( under “find positions” “faculty” use keyword 21007992. The application should include the following materials in pdf form: a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching plans, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply. The candidate should be committed to high-quality teaching for a diverse student body and to assisting our Department in enhancing diversity. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science fosters an inclusive academic teaching, learning, and research culture that supports the success of its diverse faculty and students. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.