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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Materials Science and Engineering

Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Nov 4, 2022

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Field of specialization
Materials, Polymers
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, seeks applications for a tenure-line faculty position to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, with a preference on the Assistant Professor rank. The position is scheduled for a start date on or after August 1, 2023. Candidates with technical expertise in soft materials broadly defined, including polymers, materials synthesis, biomaterials, or molecular materials, are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be responsible for carrying out research, service, and teaching in materials science and engineering while supporting diversity, equity and a culture of inclusion.

Applicants for the Assistant Professor rank should have:

• A PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field by the time of appointment

• A robust research and publication track record

Applicants for the Associate Professor or Professor rank should have:

• A PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field by the time of appointment

• An excellent teaching and mentoring track record

• An excellent research and publication track record

• Demonstrated service to the profession

Penn State is one of the largest materials research institutions in the United States, and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is an international leader in materials education and research. The MatSE Department consists of 29 faculty members, 200 graduate students, and 370 undergraduate students. MatSE at Penn State is committed to building an inclusive community with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Research programs span the many sub-disciplines of materials science and engineering with more than $16.5 million expenditure in 2017. Steidle Building, which houses the MatSE Department, recently underwent a $52 million renovation that provided new laboratory space, educational labs, office and meeting space, and state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, the Materials Research Institute (MRI) supports state-of-the-art facilities for characterization, synthesis, nanofabrication, and computation while seeding and incubating collaborations across many disciplines. MRI facilities are co-located with facilities for the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences in the new Millennium Science Complex. Beyond those mentioned above, Penn State hosts several federally and industry sponsored centers, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC), the Department of Energy Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF), the NSF Center for Dielectric and Piezoelectrics (CDP), and the NSF Center for Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MAST).

Additional opportunities for engagement include the Institute for CyberScience, Penn's State's computational research hub, and with the Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE), which works to build teams of researchers from different disciplines to enable new partnerships and new ways of thinking to solve some of the world's most difficult energy and environmental challenges. There are also opportunities for engagement with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, which offers interdisciplinary graduate programs, operates shared core facilities, supports strategic research initiatives through faculty co-hires and cluster hires, and operates the institutes' Centers of Excellence, among many other activities supporting interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research at Penn State.

Applicants must apply online and upload the following application materials:

• A cover letter

• Curriculum vitae

• A research vision statement

• A teaching philosophy statement

• A statement outlining a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in their department/workplace

• Contact information for five references

Please address all inquiries and nominations to Profs. Qing Wang and Enrique Gomez, Chairs of the Search Committee, or to Ms. Peg Yetter at Application review will begin on October 16, 2022, with a start date on or after August 1, 2023.

For more information about the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, visit our web site at

The Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other.

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State boasts a storied history, one that started in 1859 with the University's first earth sciences courses and stretches today to the borders of the Commonwealth and beyond. Talented students come to the college from across the country and around the globe to be part of the discoveries that will shape our planet's future. EMS is located on the University Park campus of Penn State, which is in the town of State College, PA. While we are surrounded by the forested hills of the Appalachian Mountains, we are also just a short 3-4-hour drive from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Apply online at

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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