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Assistant Professor, Polymer Engineering

The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio
The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Closing date
Feb 15, 2024

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The School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (SPSPE) at The University of Akron seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning in August 2024. The ideal candidate would develop an internationally recognized research program in polymer engineering. Examples of specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to, polymer physics, polymer processing, advanced manufacturing, polymer composites, sustainability, and in-situ characterization during manufacturing.


Applicants should have 1) a PhD degree, preferably in engineering (polymer, chemical, mechanical, chemistry or closely related discipline), 2) a record of research accomplishment as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and/or patents, 3) ability to teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

As our university’s strategic plan states, "we promise to increase our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion," and therefore we invite applicants to demonstrate in their application materials how they can contribute, through their teaching, scholarship, and community-engaged service, to these ongoing efforts.

Post-doctoral and/or industrial experience is preferred. The successful applicant will be expected to build an externally funded research program in sustainable manufacturing, contribute to the functioning of the undergraduate degrees offered by the school.


The University of Akron has a world-class history in polymer science and polymer engineering, dating back to 1909. The region is home to over 2400 polymer-focused companies and cultivating these relationships is viewed favorably.


Additional Position Information:

Application Instructions: For consideration, applicants must complete an on-line application at and attach:

  • A cover letter Curriculum vitae Description of research plans (not to exceed 10 pages) Contact information of at least 3 professional references Teaching statement


Application Deadline: January 31, 2024, @12:00am


Compensation: The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave.  In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.


FLSA Status (exempt/nonexempt):

United States of America (Exempt)


Union Affiliation (if applicable):

American Association of University Professors


For assistance with your application or attachments, please contact the Human Resources representative listed:

Derek Brown



Background Check Statement

The University of Akron is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and employees.  The University endeavors to protect the health, welfare and safety of all students, employees and visitors on our campus.  As such, all offers of employment with The University of Akron are contingent upon verification of credentials, and satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. Some positions may require additional credit investigation and a pre-employment driving record search. 


Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of Akron is an Equal Education and Employment Institution. View our Non-Discrimination Statement for more information. Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans.


State of Residence Statement

It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.


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