Assistant/Associate Professor of Polymer Engineering
The University of Akron
The Department of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Advanced Manufacturing at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank beginning in August 2018. The ideal candidate will develop an internationally-recognized research program in advanced manufacturing involving polymeric materials and devices, potentially including characterization and modeling. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: translating new materials structure/process/property relations into advanced manufacturing breakthroughs; integrating new materials into advanced manufacturing processes that provide a value-add for emerging technologies; enhancing the efficiency of manufacturing processes; developing inline control-loop metrologies to enhance quality and materials utilization; and developing disruptive technologies that significantly enhance existing manufacturing processes or provide the fundamental basis for the creation of new manufacturing processes. In addition to building an externally funded research program, the successful applicant will be expected to direct graduate and undergraduate student research in their area of expertise; teach graduate and undergraduate classes; and contribute to the functioning of the department, college, and university through service on committees, centers, and outreach activities.
PhD in polymer engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or a related field
Record of research accomplishments, as demonstrated by relevant peer-reviewed publications and/or patents
Ability to teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students
Strong communication and teamwork skills
Commitment to an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to research that facilitates innovation, creativity and translation of ideas to practice is expected of the ideal candidate
The successful candidate will be well-placed to leverage large existing university investments in polymers and advanced manufacturing, including the National Polymer Innovation Center (NPIC, http://www.uakron.edu/cpspe/about-us/buildings-npic.dot), the National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance (NCERCAMP https://www.uakron.edu/corrosion/ncercamp/), and The Biomimicry Research Innovation Center (BRIC, http://uabiomimicry.org/), and will cultivate and enhance relationships with the more than 2400 companies that work with polymers in Northeast Ohio.
The University of Akron, with 22,000 students, has a world-class history in polymer science and polymer engineering dating back to 1909. The Department of Polymer Engineering currently has 10 full time faculty and approximately 150 full time graduate students.
Applicants must complete an on-line application and attach a cover letter along with a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans and a statement of teaching philosophy and contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until the position is filled.
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