Assistant or Associate Professor in Mechanical Design

The School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the area of mechanical design and or quality systems. This position will be at the West Lafayette campus.

Teaching Expectations

The Purdue Polytechnic transformation requires faculty with both high technical competence and the ability and desire to teach in active classrooms. We are looking for candidates to teach students in our Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) and related Engineering Technology degree programs. Computer aided design is an important part of our engineering technology programs, with applications in mechatronics, robotics, smart manufacturing, and advanced mechanical systems.

Research Expectations

The applied research portfolio of the School of Engineering Technology spans the gamut of MET, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET), and Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) with focus areas in materials, aluminum and magnesium casting, robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT), mechatronics, manufacturing systems, sustainable silicon and polymer circuitry, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, sensors, energy systems, and healthcare technology. The research focus of the successful candidate is open, but is expected to complement these existing strengths through a focus on mechanical design. The candidate is expected to generate fundable research in their chosen field, and to sustainably support graduate students.  

In addition to teaching and research, the candidate will be expected to aid in curriculum development for the MET and Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) programs. The candidate will also need to participate in our graduate program, teaching new and existing graduate classes, and mentoring graduate students in funded research at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels.

The candidate is expected to interface with external clients, both commercial and governmental, and to establish relationships with companies looking for ways to engage with our students at all levels from undergraduate to PhD. This may take the form of mentoring senior capstone teams as well as graduate research.


Applicants must have a PhD in mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or a related discipline. This position requires the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing for both classroom effectiveness and external engagement.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Purdue University’s School of Engineering Technology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

The Purdue Polytechnic Institutes transformation plan can be accessed at:

Application Procedure

All candidates must apply through SuccessFactors and include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a resume or CV, 3) a clear statement of teaching and research interests, 4) a statement addressing diversity and inclusivity, and 5) the names of three references.

Screening will begin January 1, 2021 and conclude when the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Purdue views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all University related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics. All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or status as a veteran.