Open Positions

Cluster Hiring in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) at Drexel University welcomes candidates to apply for three available assistant professor, tenure-track positions as part of an exciting College of Engineering Cluster Hiring Initiative in the strategic areas of Energy and Sustainability and Smart, Integrated Cities (reference link).  The department is seeking candidates across all areas of Mechanical Engineering including (a) design, solid mechanics, and manufacturing; (b) control and robotics; and (c) thermal, fluid sciences whose research addresses and contributes to these cluster areas. The department is especially interested in candidates whose research applies machine learning to address these or other cross cutting applications within Mechanical Engineering. Candidates must have earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related field by the beginning of the employment (9/1/2022). We seek candidates who will establish a dynamic, collaborative, and interdepartmental research program.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, brief research and teaching statement, a diversity statement, and the names of three external references by November 1, 2021. A diversity statement should present and discuss, as applicable, the candidate's past experiences, present efforts, and future aspirations to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of their academic careers. Please feel free to consult Drexel University’s position on equality and diversity. Candidates must submit their application materials to Careers at Drexel.

Candidates should demonstrate strong background in one or more fundamental areas of Mechanical Engineering, including but not limited to: Solid Mechanics, Dynamics and Controls, Thermal and Fluid Sciences, and Design and Manufacturing, as well as demonstrate readiness to contribute proactively, innovatively and collaboratively to advancing the department’s core teaching mission. Faculty duties include teaching and developing instructional materials at the undergraduate and graduate levels, carrying out original research and mentoring students and student teams.

The department is home to 26 full-time core faculty and three professional staff and is also served by academic advisors and computing and technical services team in the college. The department’s ABET-accredited BSME enrollment is one the largest among private institutions in the nation, affirming the enduring value of a degree from a leader in co-operative education. The department offers MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering and supports an interdepartmental MS in Robotics. The department’s faculty include ASME, APS, IEEE, National Academy of Inventors, the SAE fellows, and recipients of a number of early career and young investigator awards and a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Faculty contribute in areas such as advanced manufacturing, aircraft mechanics and structures, biomanufacturing and 3D bioprinting, biomechanics, controls and power systems, materials and thermal and fluid systems including cold atmospheric-pressure plasmas and their application in medicine and health. In 2020 the ASME named Drexel among 10 Innovative Engineering Institutes, and department students, an alumna and faculty together founded I Am ME, a new professional student organization focused on promoting increased visibility and opportunity for female mechanical engineers. The department recently launched a strategic planning process to re-invigorate the student experience and to chart a path for the department’s future.

Signature larger-scale activities at Drexel include the Center for Functional Fabrics, the C & J Nyheim Plasma Institute, the Center for Expressive and Creative Interaction Technology (ExCITe), and the AJ Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. The university’s research enterprise, including shared user facilities the Materials Characterization Core, Cell Imaging Center, University Laboratory Animal Resources and University Research Computing Facility, is supported by the Office of Research and Innovation.

MEM traces its earliest roots to the Department of Mechanic Arts, a founding academic division in 1891 within the Drexel Institute of Arts, Science and Industry. The department name reflects its history in fine mechanics and structures, in which Drexel’ first PhD was awarded, in 1967. Generations of graduates have built a legacy of impact in engineering and society and continue to make their mark, including pioneering NASA engineers and three shuttle astronauts, faculty at leading institutions, federal senior executive service professionals in energy and defense, leaders of global manufacturers and suppliers of electrical components, connectors, and systems, bearings, electronics packaging, and of the auto industry and other innovators and entrepreneurs, e.g., co-inventors of the barcode and later the universal product code (UPC) leading to awarding of a National Medal of Technology, and of internet postage technology.

Founded in 1891 by legendary financier and philanthropist Anthony J Drexel, Drexel University is located in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our nation’s first World Heritage City, is a Carnegie R1 institution. The College of Engineering strives to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. The college values inclusion as a core strength and an essential portion of our founder’s mission of preparing each new generation of students for productive professional and civic lives while also focusing our collective expertise on solving society’s greatest problems. 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.

Review of applications will begin in November 2021, and invitations for interviews will be extended shortly thereafter.

Background investigations are required for all new hires and will be conducted after the offer of an appointment is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University’s acceptance of the results of the background investigation.