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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for an open rank faculty position in the general area of Energy Engineering & Sciences/Combustion. This position could be filled at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. Exceptional candidates will be considered for named professorships. Candidates with research breadth and depth across several areas of mechanical engineering including: turbomachinery, aerospace propulsion systems, gas turbine heat transfer, electronic cooling and thermal management, diagnostic systems, and thermoelectric power generations, biofuels, combustion diagnostics and dynamics, and automobile engine systems. Candidates with either experimental or simulation-based backgrounds will be considered. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with researchers in two active and highly collaborative propulsion research laboratories at Virginia Tech—the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Laboratory (VT TurboLab) and the Advanced Propulsion and Power Laboratory (VT APPL). The new state-of-the-art $4M Virginia Tech Advanced Propulsion and Power Laboratory opened in 2015. Both laboratories are valuable assets for faculty working in this field at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and developing an internationally recognized research program. Candidates should apply online at to the appropriate posting number given above. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles, a one-page research statement, a brief statement on teaching preferences, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. Review of applications for all positions will begin on December 4, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Please visit the departmental web site at for more information about the department and each position.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities (IIHCC) Destination Area. Participation in Destination Area activities and initiatives will be an important component of performance evaluations as well as promotion and tenure processes. The IIHCC Destination area is focused on bringing visionary humanist and technologists together to create the framework for infrastructure innovation and the reinvention of community. Faculty working together in this area are committed to transdisciplinary solutions that exists along the interdependencies between humans, community, and infrastructure with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life around the globe. The initial focus for IIHCC will be on the following themes: 1) Ubiquitous Mobility, 2) Automated Vehicle Systems, 3) Smart Design and Construction, and 4) Energy, along with 5) the area of Materials and Materials Design for these themes.

Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population. The Department of Mechanical Engineering (, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 60 faculty, research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 340 graduate students with 180 students at doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 14th and 22nd out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2018 U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers, and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College level centers such as the recently established Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics, and the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS); and state level industry-academic research centers such as the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).

Qualified applicants must electronically submit the online application, a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles, a one-page research statement, a brief statement on teaching preferences, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. Apply to posting # TR0170133. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled.
Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

For assistance submitting the application please contact Ms. Elizabeth Joslin (, (540) 231-4162). Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Prof. Wing Ng (, (540) 231-7274. 

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services with any questions.