Job Information

University of Utah Open in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Open

Department 00067 - Material Science and Engineer

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin August 16, 2021


The Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Utah seeks outstanding applicants with a PhD for one position to be filled prior to the 2021-22 school year for a tenure track professor (open rank). All areas of high impact research are of interest with some priority for ceramics, biomaterials, quantum and low dimensional materials, semi-conductors and photonics, nanostructural materials, and polymers. Candidates with experimental, computational or theoretical expertise in the above areas are encouraged to apply. Capability to effectively teach courses in ceramics is of high importance for consideration. Successful applicants are expected to initiate and sustain a productive research program and have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as university/community service.

The University of Utah’s Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering recently merged to form a truly comprehensive department comprised of 21 current faculty with expertise in virtually every major materials area: ceramics, glass, extractive metallurgy, physical metallurgy, mineral processing, polymers, semi-conductors, nanostructured materials, nuclear materials, and computational materials science. The new Department of Materials Science & Engineering is a member of both the College of Engineering and the College of Mines and Earth Sciences. Abundant collaboration opportunities exist on campus with faculty from chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computing, civil engineering, nuclear engineering, mining engineering, chemistry, physics, and biology. The University of Utah has world class capabilities in characterization, synthesis, and irradiation of materials.

The Department at the University of Utah is committed to broadening the participation in the field of engineering and values candidates with diverse intellectual, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, and who possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

The state of Utah has been nationally recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship, economic growth, and outdoor recreational activities (skiing, hiking, climbing, etc.). Salt Lake City has been recognized as the best city to start a career and offers an abundance of activities/attractions that contribute to excellent quality of life in a very affordable metropolitan area. It features arts, culture, shopping, professional sports, major collegiate sports, and more. The University of Utah is a vibrant, diverse, and secular university with a current student enrollment of about 30,000 located in a beautiful setting on the shoulder of the Wasatch Front. Spectacular outdoor settings are a short drive, bike ride, or walk away from campus.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

To be considered, applicants must provide a curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications, description of teaching experience and interests, and a synopsis of a proposed program of research. Please include a names and contact information for at least three references in your cover letter.

Candidates for tenured positions must have achieved national and international recognition for their scholarship.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants received by January 15th will be given priority consideration.

Open Date 12/10/2020

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00639CF

Type Faculty