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Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Company: California State University
Location: San Jose
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 517778
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Jos--
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor

School/Department Name: Davidson College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU's excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2023

Application Deadline: October 17, 2022 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Jos-- State University (SJSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants must have a strong academic background in mechanical engineering, as evidenced by a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, and expertise in the broad area of mechanical design. This position will be required to teach mechanical design courses to students in our bachelor's and master's programs and conduct research in a closely related area. Preference will be given to applicants with a research focus on one of the following areas of design: mechanical systems design, design optimization, design automation, or applications of machine learning / AI in design.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to nearly 900 undergraduate and graduate students, dedicated full-time faculty members, and part-time instructors from Silicon Valley industries who bring current practices. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at SJSU has three stems: design, mechatronics, and thermal-fluid sciences. Design and thermal-fluid sciences are the backbones of all accredited mechanical engineering programs in the country. Mechatronics is a departmental specialty at SJSU and offers our students another fascinating and marketable field of study. Our hands-on curriculum incorporates a multitude of laboratory experiences to put classroom theory into practice. Our award-winning design projects demonstrate how innovative our students and faculty are at designing and building creative ideas that make a difference. We involve our undergraduate and graduate students in our faculty research, advancing the frontiers of mechanical engineering. Additional details about the mechanical engineering department can be found here.

The Mechanical Engineering Department and San Jos-- State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation, and 38% are Pell recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university's commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San Jos-- State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field
Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates with research experience in one of the following areas: mechanical systems design, design optimization, design automation, or applications of machine learning / AI in design.

Key Responsibilities

The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity - in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation - through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
In addition to teaching engineering courses, faculty members in the department are expected to develop curricula and laboratories and should plan to establish externally funded research programs and publish peer-reviewed scholarly work. Faculty members advise undergraduate and graduate students via project mentorship and academic planning.
Faculty will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.

Other Duties

Note that all San Jos-- State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.

Application Procedure

Click to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

letter of interest
curriculum vitae
diversity statement (2 pages maximum) discussing specific initiatives, strategies, and activities that you have accomplished and/or that you plan to accomplish to advance diversity, equity, and/or inclusion
statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages maximum)
research plans (2 pages maximum)
three references with contact information

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair: Dr. Vimal Viswanathan,

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San Jos-- State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley - one of the most innovative regions in the world - San Jos-- State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San Jos-- State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San Jos-- State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San Jos-- State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San Jos-- State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at or by email at .

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at click apply for full job details

Keywords: California State University, San Jose , Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering, Engineering , San Jose, California

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