Montana State University Assistant Professor - M&IE in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 19018

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kathy Campbell (406) 994-6755

Classification Title

Working Title Assistant Professor - M&IE

Brief Position Overview

Assistant tenure-track position with primary responsibilities teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses focused in mechanical engineering and/or mechanical engineering technology fields, developing a nationally-recognized, externally-funded research program, and participating in professional/service activities.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number TBD

Department Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Division College of Engineering

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Montana State University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position with primary responsibilities in teaching, research and service/outreach. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the program. Duties will include teaching courses focused in mechanical engineering and/or mechanical engineering technology fields, working on curriculum development, developing a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, and participating in professional/service activities.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Because increasing the diversity of the engineering profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and underrepresented minorities in engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

The new faculty member will be expected to contribute to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, develop a nationally-recognized externally-funded scholarly program in an appropriate focus area, produce scholarly works and collaborate with MSU’s research centers and regional partners. Other responsibilities include advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in accreditation activities and committee assignments, and providing service to the University, State, and profession.

We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, or closely related field by start date.
  2. Record of quality peer-reviewed or other scholarly publications.
  3. Excellent potential for effective undergraduate and graduate teaching in M&IE.
  4. Excellent potential for developing a nationally-recognized, externally-funded scholarly program in an appropriate focus area.
  5. Excellent potential to engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. Academic/professional experience.
  2. Research program that complements and expands current M&IE Department research programs and directions.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the M&IE programs.
  4. Promote the advancement of diversity.

The Successful Candidate Will

The Successful Candidate will have:

  • Broad understanding of the topics found in mechanical engineering and/or mechanical engineering technology.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • The ability to mentor and inspire a diverse student body.

  • The ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, students, and the engineering industry.

  • The potential to provide leadership and to assume responsibility for organizational and program activities.

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department.

  • Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

Work is predominately performed in an office, classroom, and laboratory setting.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The M&IE Department offers ABET accredited BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial & Management Systems Engineering. A degree in Financial Engineering is also available. Graduate offerings include MS degrees in Industrial & Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering with options in Industrial Engineering, Applied Mechanics or Mechanical Engineering. The Department is strong in both traditional and emerging areas of each discipline, with substantial laboratory facilities supporting instructional and research missions. Available to M&IE Department faculty are collaborations with MSU’s Energy Research Institute, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory, Magnetic Resonance Lab, Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility, Montana Microfabrication Facility, Western Transportation Institute, Wind Application Center, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, Thermal Biology Institute, and Center for Bio-Inspired Nano-Materials.

The College

The College of Engineering comprises five academic departments – Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, and is home to the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), Western Transportation Institute (WTI), Montana Microfabrication Facility (MMF), Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), and Army and Air Force ROTC Units. The College enrolls approximately 3,900 students with more than 200 studying in graduate degree programs. Doctoral degree programs include a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Engineering with options in the fields of Applied Mechanics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

With a wide array of research programs in progress, MSU engineering faculty and students have garnered an impressive number of awards. In recent years, MSU engineering students have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including two Rhodes Scholarships, a Marshall Fellowship, a Gates-Cambridge Fellowship, as well as four Goldwater scholarships in 2013. Excitement in the College is building in anticipation of the new Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center (NAIC) expected to be completed in Fall 2018. This innovative facility will transform engineering education and scholarly activity at MSU.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies One (1) or Two (2)

Desired Start Date August 16, 2019

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on December 10, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

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