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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University is seeking outstanding faculty candidates for Professorial and Professional positions. The department has a very strong atmosphere of collegiality, positivity, and success and we invite applicants that can contribute to this environment through teaching, research, and service.

Current department educational initiatives include a focus on technical excellence, innovation, leadership, and global engineering that prepares students to become truly influential engineers. The National Survey of Student Engagement placed BYU in the 93rd percentile for level of academic challenge and in the 91st percentile in fostering active and collaborative learning. The ACT score for the average freshman is at the 91st percentile nationally. Over 75 percent of our BS graduates attend graduate school, and BYU is third on the list of U.S. baccalaureate recipients that go on to obtain engineering doctoral degrees. Student teams from BYU consistently place in the top ten in national and international design competitions. Our students have exceptional experience in leadership and global settings (over 80 percent of graduating seniors speak a second language and/or have lived in a foreign country for over a year), making them well poised to become global leaders. We expect our faculty to challenge these outstanding students to reach their potential. The department currently has 30 tenure track faculty, 1250 undergraduate students, and 150 (30 PhD) graduate students.

The department has fostered an environment where scholarship and mentoring through high quality, meaningful research is a high priority. The department external research budget averages $4M /year. Strong research programs in compliant mechanisms, MEMS, autonomous vehicle control, multidisciplinary and parametric design, global product development, acoustics, combustion, microfluidics, bioengineering, microstructure design, and experimental and computational fluid flow physics currently exist in the department. There are state-of-the-art facilities in supercomputing, electron optics, acoustics, microelectronic fabrication, and manufacturing processes. A new 200,000 square foot engineering building with student collaboration space, teaching and research labs, classrooms, and offices opened in September 2018.

Professorial faculty candidates (Job ID 100693) in all areas of expertise will be considered. Candidates in the areas of design, controls, bioengineering, manufacturing systems and processes, computational science, additive manufacturing, aerospace, and computer-aided design and tool development are especially encouraged to apply. Requirements include a doctorate in mechanical engineering or closely related field and a willingness to fully support and participate in the ideals and mission of BYU. BYU values teaching and successful candidates should demonstrate a desire and ability to effectively teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Meaningful research is highly valued and successful candidates will have a strong research plan and record commensurate with their experience.

Professional faculty candidates (Job ID 100692) in all areas of expertise will be considered. Candidates interested in directing our Capstone program are especially encouraged to apply. BYU’s Capstone course has gained a reputation as one of the finest student mentoring experiences of its type in the country. Additional capstone details can be found at Professional faculty are expected to focus on undergraduate teaching, student mentoring, experiential learning, department citizenship, and maintaining professional currency. Professional faculty typically have twice the teaching load of a Professorial faculty member which should require approximately 65 – 90% of the faculty members total effort. Successful candidates will demonstrate a vision and passion for undergraduate teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development. Successful candidates will have a strong teaching plan and record commensurate with their experience. There is no expectation of externally funded research. Requirements include a doctorate in mechanical engineering or closely related field and a willingness to fully support and participate in the ideals and mission of BYU.

Candidates will be hired at the assistant professor, associate professor, or professor level depending on experience. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 30, 2021. Applications must be submitted online at and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, educational transcripts, and contact information for at least three professional references. Questions regarding the position can be directed to:

Dr. Steve Gorrell, Faculty Search Committee Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Brigham Young University
350D EB
Provo UT 84602-4201

BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the sponsoring church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.