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New Faculty Position Available

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University is seeking outstanding faculty candidates who will challenge our talented student body and contribute to our excellent research programs. Candidates in all areas of expertise will be considered; candidates in the areas of design, controls, bioengineering, manufacturing systems and processes, computational science, additive manufacturing, and computer-aided design and tool development are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates will also demonstrate excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The department has a strong research program with state-of-the-art facilities in supercomputing, electron optics, acoustics, microelectronic fabrication, and manufacturing processes. A new 200,000 square foot engineering building opened in September, 2018 with offices, teaching and project labs, and classrooms. We have excellent research programs in compliant mechanisms, MEMS, autonomous vehicle control, multidisciplinary and parametric design, friction stir processing, global product development, acoustics, combustion, microfluidics, biomechanics, microstructure design, and experimental and computational fluid flow physics. Successful candidates will be expected to strengthen undergraduate and graduate education and to develop an outstanding research program.

Current department educational initiatives include a focus on technical excellence, innovation, leadership, and global engineering that prepares graduating students to become truly influential engineers in their chosen areas of expertise. 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 fifth 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.

Candidates will be hired at the assistant professor, associate professor, or professor level depending on experience. 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. Successful candidates will have a strong research plan and record commensurate with their experience. BYU values teaching and successful candidates should also demonstrate a desire and ability to effectively teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted prior to November 30, 2020. 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