Employment Opportunities

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering offers top-ranked degree programs in engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, and theoretical and applied mechanics. Our curricula offer students unparalleled strengths in key fundamental areas, such as fluid and solid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, dynamics and controls, biomechanical sciences, computational science, applied math, applied physics, and chemistry. 

Engineering is evolving from an empirical discipline to one that uses first principles to understand physical phenomena spanning multiple length and time scales. MechSE integrates basic sciences and engineering to address the critical societal needs of today and to identify and respond to emerging needs and issues. Our faculty's research is impacting energy, the environment, health, manufacturing, security and defense, and transportation.

Faculty - Open Rank

MechSE invites applications for multiple full-time faculty positions at all ranks.  Exceptional candidates in all areas relevant to Mechanical Engineering will be considered. We are seeking faculty who can teach in these and other areas while contributing to the diversity and excellence in our program and courses through their research, teaching and service.  Senior and mid-career faculty are encouraged to apply, though all qualified candidates will be considered. Applications must be received by December 15, 2023. Expected start date is August 16, 2024.

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Blake Johnson teaching students around a table.

Teaching Faculty - Open Rank, Non Tenure-track

MechSE invites applications for teaching faculty at the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor in all areas of mechanical science and engineering. We seek highly qualified applicants with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels, with a commitment to scholarship and service. Teaching faculty also engage in research, outreach, and service activities, and are expected to develop active research programs in engineering pedagogy, and/or disciplinary scholarship related to the departmental mission. Applications must be received by January 31, 2024. Expected start date is Fall 2024.

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Other Positions

Post-Graduate positions:

Undergraduate Research Positions
Working with a professor or graduate student as an undergraduate research assistant can be a very rewarding educational experience. It allows students to explore topics in which they are interested to greater depth than is possible in a classroom setting, and can lead to an interest in graduate school. Undergrad Research Assistants typically work 5-10 hours per week, and are either paid an hourly rate or earn technical elective credit.

Students are encouraged to contact professors directly to inquire if they have any undergraduate research positions available. Often faculty will hire a student who shows initiative and interest in their research. Please feel free to use the MechSE faculty directory to contact professors. It is best to make an appointment with them to discuss their work and to see if they have any openings.

Internships and Co-ops:
Please see the Grainger Academic Advising Office.

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