Cluster Hiring Initiative

Drexel Engineering is thrilled to be entering year two of its faculty cluster hiring initiative. Aligned with the Drexel University 2030 strategic plan, the Drexel Engineering Faculty Cluster Hiring initiative aims at strengthening Drexel's identified areas of excellence. This endeavor will facilitate interdisciplinary hiring and enhance strategic connections across colleges in alignment with thematic areas of the college's strategic plan. We embrace a collaborative approach that leverages our existing strengths and aims to address critical and significant societal challenges through emerging engineering methods and platforms across:

  • Renewable energy and power;
  • Health, wellness, and medicine;
  • Smart, integrated cities; and
  • Resource stewardship and sustainability.
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This is a multi-year process involving faculty across the College of Engineering as well as other schools and colleges throughout Drexel University aimed at enhancing the research impact of the college; addressing enrollment growth and strategic teaching needs; advancing our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and building on our widely-respected strengths in these rapidly evolving fields.

We seek to hire faculty who will catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration across the cluster themes, attract significant external research funding, and enrich our undergraduate and graduate students’ experience.

Drexel University College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at Drexel University invites applicants for tenure-track assistant professor faculty positions across multiple departments in the themes of energy and sustainability; smart, integrated cities; and health, wellness, and medicine.

Drexel University’s College of Engineering strives to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. Inclusion is a core value and essential part of the University founder A.J. Drexel’s mission. The college continues this philosophy through preparing each new generation of students for productive professional and civic lives, while also focusing our collective expertise on solving society’s greatest problems.

To fit our thematic areas, the following departments are conducting a faculty search:

  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Seeking candidates with any research expertise related to the College of Engineering’s cluster hire themes of Energy and Sustainability; Health, Wellness, and Medicine; and Smart, Integrated Cities with preference given to candidates with research in either of the following two areas: Biotechnology and Biomedicine, a focus also part of the University-wide research initiative around Cell and Gene Therapy; and Process Systems Engineering.
  • Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
    Seeking outstanding candidates with research and teaching expertise at the intersections of water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, sustainability, and climate change to build a dynamic and exciting interdisciplinary research program across academic units within the COE as well as other schools and colleges throughout Drexel University.
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    Seeking candidates who can establish a dynamic collaborative materials research program and contribute to the development and delivery of a learner-centered, agile curriculum.


The applicant must have a PhD in Engineering or a related field by the September 1, 2024 start date. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of and commitment to scholarly achievement and excellence.

Supplemental Posting Information

Since its founding in the midst of the industrial revolution in 1891, Drexel University has emphasized its strengths in engineering, science, and technology to train future leaders. In little over a century, Drexel University has transformed itself into a large, comprehensive institution committed to excellence in education, research, and service to engineering society and the broader community. Although much has changed, the original mission of the University still rings true today. To learn more about each of the divisions and programs offered, visit Drexel Engineering.

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world‐class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. For more than 100 years, our renowned Cooperative Education (co‐op) program has enabled students to gain professional work experience before they graduate, setting them apart from their peers.

Committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, Drexel supports engagement along three dimensions: research and academic programs that directly benefit communities, business practices that support equitable local and regional economic development, and public service by students, faculty and staff. Our engagement is long‐term, multigenerational and fundamental to the University’s mission, heritage and future.

At Drexel, we are devoted to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and is based on integrity, trust and respect. We center equity, inclusion and belonging, and incorporate an anti‐racism approach to our strategic plan, organizational systems, policies and structures. 


Applications can be found on Careers at Drexel. In one PDF, candidates should submit the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief research and teaching statement, a diversity statement (a diversity statement that presents and discusses the candidate's past experiences, present efforts, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of their academic careers – please feel free to consult the Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture for Drexel University’s position on equality and diversity), and the names of three external references.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University’s acceptance of the results of the background investigation.