Open Positions


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah invites applications for multiple tenure track positions at the assistant or associate rank with a Fall Semester 2015 starting date. Candidates with exceptional background and experience may be considered at a higher rank. Candidates with interest and expertise in the areas of 1) mechanics of novel materials and structures, 2) whole body biomechanics and design, 3) design of mechanical/fluid systems, and 4) microscale/nanoscale devices are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be qualified to teach courses aligned with their area of expertise as well as other core Mechanical Engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Candidates are expected to develop and maintain an active, externally-funded research program and to complement and collaborate with existing research programs in the department and College of Engineering. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The department currently has 32 tenure-line faculty members, over 850 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2014 and continue until positions are filled. Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s qualifications, current curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests and teaching philosophy, and contact information for a minimum of three references. All documents must be uploaded at the specified link. Please check the complete position announcements at For application submission questions, please contact department manager Sheila Olson ( at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, 50 Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

Position Flyer (pdf)
Position Descriptions (2015 search)
  1. Mechanics of novel materials and structures: Candidates with research interests and expertise in the area of novel materials and structures are encouraged to apply. Examples of novel materials and structures could include, but are not limited to advanced composites, hybrid materials, smart materials, bio-inspired materials and energy-absorbing materials.  Candidates must have an established record of published research and exhibit a strong potential for funding within their area of expertise. Candidates for this position should also be qualified to teach and develop undergraduate courses in mechanics and graduate courses in elasticity, plasticity, viscoelasticity and/or materials engineering.

  2. Whole-body biomechanics and design: Candidates with research interests and expertise in design of whole-body biomechanical systems, biomechanics of the body as a system, design of medical devices related to rehabilitation or ergonomics, full exoskeleton design, motion and gait analysis, and mechanical ergonomic design, are strongly encouraged to apply.  Candidates for this position must also be well qualified to teach courses related to product design and ergonomics.

  3. Design of mechanical/fluid systems: Candidates with research interests and expertise in the design, mechanics, or manufacturing of functional and/or smart materials, the design and mechanics of micro/nano-structures and materials, or in the design of mechanical/fluidic/robotic systems, are encouraged to apply.   Candidates for this position should also be well qualified to teach at least one undergraduate design (freshman or senior design) or solid mechanics course annually as part of their teaching assignments.

  4. Microscale/nanoscale devices: Candidates with research interests and expertise in the design, fabrication, or manufacturing of micro-/nano- devices, MEMS/NEMS, microscale medical devices, or the mechanics of micro-/nano- scale devices and systems, are encouraged to apply. Candidates for this position should also be well qualified to teach courses in mechanical engineering, which could include courses in solid or fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, design, manufacturing, robotics, controls, or related areas.


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135 (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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