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 15, 2020


The Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Utah seeks outstanding applicants with a PhD for two tenure-line assistant professor positions. Highly qualified applicants at all levels will also be considered in the stated areas, including the tenured-associate or tenured-professor levels. The areas of emphasis for this new hire are soft-condensed matter, polymers, biomaterials, photonic materials, semiconductors, and materials for energy applications. Candidates with experimental, computational or theoretical expertise in the above areas are encouraged to apply. 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 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. 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.

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.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. 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. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

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


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

Open Date 09/09/2019

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00476CF

Type Faculty