Assistant (Tenure-Track) or Associate/Full (Tenured) Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Commensurate with experience
Will remain open until filled

Research Focus: Multi-Scale, Multi-Physics Computational Mechanics for Design and Manufacturing

We are seeking applicants with experience and interests in conducting fundamental and applied research in computational mechanics. The ideal candidate will develop and validate novel multi-scale and multi-physics computational mechanics methodologies for simulation of devices, structures and/or manufacturing processes. Applicants are expected to have expertise and interest in developing computational tools that are broadly applicable. We are seeking applicants with proven research experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • multi-scale, multi-physics simulation of design, control, monitoring and optimization of manufacturing processes such as scalable nanomanufacturing, self-assembly, hybrid additive/subtractive techniques and metal printing. 
  • multi-physics, multi-scale simulation of structures and devices in a variety physical domains and/or extreme environments 
  • materials selection and optimization for advanced sensors, actuators and structures using computational- and data science-based methods 
  • multi-scale, multi-physics simulation of technologies to produce complex, highly hierarchical multi-scale materials, components and structures for tunable behaviors
  • verification and validation of novel numerical simulations in emerging areas through direct or collaborative experimental work

The design, engineering, and manufacture of devices, components, and hierarchical structures is becoming more complex and more interdisciplinary. Computational tools associated with understanding, improvement, and application of ideas and designs need to keep up. This work takes place at multiple length scales and in a variety of physical domains and exists at the interface of mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, physics, materials science, data analytics and manufacturing technologies. Furthermore, digital twin design methodologies that are rapidly becoming the norm rely on accurate simulations. These dramatic changes from even five years ago present challenges for traditional academic design and manufacturing programs, but also present incredible opportunities for innovative academicians. The fundamental nature of computational mechanics, and the emphasis on multi-scale and multi-physics allows for a skilled person in this area to bring together the different research areas. 

Applicants are expected to have received a doctorate degree in a relevant engineering or applied science discipline. Successful candidates will develop a vigorous, externally funded research program and maintain a strong, recognized publication record. They will be expected to contribute their leadership and innovative thinking toward promoting excellence in programs within the MAE department, school, and university and in time, to anchor center-type proposals that are home to MAE. They will be expected to facilitate the recruitment and success of students (especially those from underrepresented minorities) pursuing graduate degrees in related programs. Successful candidates will also provide outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and provide service and leadership within the MAE professional community at large.

Applications must include a cover letter, three statements that describe research, teaching, and service interests, respectively, a curriculum vita, up to three key publications, and the names and contact information of at least three references. For applicants to associate/full professor positions, references will not be contacted until later stages of consideration, in consultation with the candidate. A separate statement that addresses the applicant’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion must also be included in the application materials.

Applications must be received by January 7, 2022, to receive full consideration. All positions will remain open until filled.

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Founded in 1965, the Samueli School of Engineering educates more than 4,600 students with an integrative approach that blends fundamentals, research and hands-on experience. With a strong presence in all the fields of engineering and with world-class centers such as the Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI) and the Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation (IDMI), UCI is uniquely positioned to rapidly assume a major role in advanced design and manufacturing research. The school includes six academic departments, where faculty conduct world-class research around the four broad themes of environmental sustainability, human health, materials and manufacturing, and mobility and communications. Among these four priorities for growth, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine identifies the following: “Lead the new industrial revolution in technology and manufacturing – Develop new materials that sustain and enhance key industrial sectors in California, including aerospace, defense, automotive, energy, healthcare and micro/nano-electronics. Assist manufacturers in the implementation of additive and smart manufacturing technologies through integrated research, education and industrial engagement.”

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is part of one of the world’s premier public university systems and is a member of the Association of American Universities. UCI is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) for both Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students and Hispanic students, is ranked as a top ten public university by U.S. News and World Report, and was identified by the New York Times as No. 1 among U.S. universities that do the most for low-income students. The UCI campus is located in Orange County, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 45 miles south of Los Angeles. The City of Irvine is one of the safest communities in the U.S. and offers a pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, and one of the highest-ranked public­ school systems in the nation.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.