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Assistant or Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Job Title Assistant or Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Requisition Number FE01130
Working Title
Department Name 8H700:Mechanical Engineering
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline.

Required Related Experience

Candidates must have a strong record of academic scholarship and high potential for excellence in building an externally funded research program, conducting high-impact research, advising graduate students, undergraduate and graduate courses, and providing service to the department, professional organizations, and the community.

Required License/Registration/Certification


Job Summary

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky ( seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. Exceptional candidates at the associate professor level will also be considered. This faculty search is focused on identifying highly qualified candidates with demonstrated expertise in the areas of (A) autonomy or robotics, which may include but is not limited to unmanned systems, next-generation sensing systems, multi-agent systems, and cooperative control and (B) computational solid mechanics, with applications in one of the department’s strategic focus areas and potentially including multi-scale and multi-physics modeling, material design, and/or high-performance computing. The successful candidate should complement existing department expertise in these areas.

Mechanical Engineering is the largest department in the College of Engineering with 31 tenured and tenure-track faculty and over 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. The college has state-of-the-art computational facilities, research labs, and classrooms. The department’s faculty is engaged in federally funded research projects from agencies such as NSF, NIH, NASA, DOE, DOD, DARPA, NIST, and USDA. The department also has research centers and consortiums that collaborate extensively with industry. The department’s externally funded research currently exceeds $10M/year.

This faculty search is part of the department’s 5-year strategic hiring plan, which is adding tenure-track faculty positions in the areas of aerospace engineering, autonomy, bioengineering, energy, robotics, and manufacturing. While this search is targeted at the areas of (A) autonomy and robotics and (B) computational solid mechanics, candidates that can further enhance the department’s collaborative environment by bridging multiple focus areas are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating which area (A or B) is most closely aligned with the applicant’s expertise, curriculum vitae, statement of research (upload under Special Request 1, 3-page limit), statement of teaching (upload under Special Request 2, 2-page limit). Please provide contact information for 5 references when prompted within the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Requests for further information regarding application procedures may be directed to Daniel Wilmot at or 859-218-0650. Please note that, to be considered an applicant, an application must be submitted via the UK Jobs system.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date for this position is August 1, 2018.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
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    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
  4. Specific Request 2
Optional Documents