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Assistant Professor - Materials

Posting Numberreq2591
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeTenure/Tenure-Track
Hiring DepartmentMechanical Engineering (023A)
Academic LocationSchool of Engineering
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a full-time faculty position. The Assistant Professor hire will be a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. Responsibilities will include teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, advising graduate students, and establishing a strong externally funded research program.

Applicants should hold an earned doctorate in mechanical engineering or a closely related field by the start date of the appointment. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise and achievement in experimental research in advanced materials and manufacturing, and a strong commitment to teaching excellence in the broad areas of materials science and solid mechanics. Candidates for both positions should have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Mechanical Engineering faculty members are active in a number of interdisciplinary research centers and groups, including the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, the Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, the Center for High Technology Materials, and the Center of Biomedical Engineering. Faculty have access to the University's extensive computational resources and world-class experimental facilities to support interdisciplinary research. Through memoranda of agreement, faculty have access to research facilities at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education offering BS (ABET accredited), MS and PhD degree programs. A team of 14 tenure-stream faculty, and several research faculty, support the activities of close to 700 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. We support both a strong core of mechanical engineering and interdisciplinary education that include the Manufacturing Engineering and NanoScience and MicroSystems programs. For further information about the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, see

The University of New Mexico is the premier research university in the state of New Mexico. UNM is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, with nearly 27,000 students on the main and branch campuses with more than 2,900 students in the School of Engineering. In addition to the traditional areas of thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials science, engineering design, dynamic systems/controls, fluid mechanics, and computational mechanics, the Mechanical Engineering faculty and students are engaged in several thrust areas such as Nanotechnology, Energy, Space Systems Engineering, and Bioengineering. Funding agencies for the ME department included, NSF, NIH, DARPA, DTRA, DOE, NASA, local industry, LANL, AFRL, and SNL. The close proximity of AFRL, SNL and LANL is an important catalyst for the department research. Mechanical Engineering faculty members direct or are associated with a number of UNM Research Centers including: Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, Center for Advanced Research and Computing, Manufacturing Training and Technology Center, Center for High Technology Materials, Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, and the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies.

Albuquerque is an ethnically diverse city and has been listed among the smartest U.S. cities and best places to relocate in America. The city has a rich culture and a location offering unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure. The University is located within one hour of Santa Fe, and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges, which offer great opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing. 

Offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility for employment in the United States. The position is contingent upon availability of funding. 

UNM is a recipient of an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant from the NSF to promote and advance women and minority faculty in STEM fields, and SOE is partnering with the ADVANCE at UNM program to help recruit and retain an excellent and diverse faculty. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise and achievement in experimental research in advanced materials and manufacturing
  • A strong commitment to teaching excellence in the broad areas of materials and solid mechanics
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
Application InstructionsFor best consideration, a complete application should be submitted by December 4, 2017 and consists of 1) a letter of interest/personal statement; 2) a comprehensive CV; 3) a research statement; 4) a teaching statement; and 5) the names and contact information (address, phone number and email address) of at least three professional references. The references will only be contacted for applicants who advance to become semi-finalists. All inquiries can be sent to: Prof. Andrea Mammoli (, Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 87131. The University of New Mexico is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. We especially encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 12/4/2017. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.