Faculty Position in Bio-inspired Science and Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of assistant or associate professor in the broadly defined area of bio- inspired science and engineering. Research areas of interest include but are not limited to: Bio- inspired materials, sensors, actuators, control, and systems at any level. The successful candidate may excel in fundamental or applied studies using experimental, theoretical, computational, or any combination of these approaches. We are particularly interested in applicants with an interdisciplinary background in emerging areas who can interact with the diverse research occurring in Mechanical Engineering as well as other departments and programs at Virginia Tech. More information about the Mechanical Engineering Department can be found at

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has 57 faculty with research expenditures in excess of
$15M, and a current enrollment of 342 graduate, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 15th and 16th out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2015 U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. Bio-inspired science and engineering is a growing core strength area at Virginia Tech and a Center for Bio-inspired Science and Technology (BIST) with
more than 40 faculty members from a diverse set of disciplines has been established in 2014. The
mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), College level centers such as the Rolls-Royce and the Commonwealth of Virginia Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS), and the recently established Rolls Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics. Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized as a vibrant and desirable community with an active arts program, a diverse international population, and affordable living.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. Candidates are expected to have a record of significant research contributions, to be capable of obtaining competitive external research funding, and to actively participate in teaching mechanical engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We seek faculty members with strong commitment to fostering excellence and diversity in research, teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates should apply online at to posting number TR0150159. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles, a 2-page research statement, a 1-page teaching statement, and the contact information of five references. Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (

For assistance with the application submission, please contact Ms. Sara Vallejo (, (540) 231-0700). General inquiries about the positions should be addressed to Prof. Bahareh Behkam,, chair of the search committee. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Prof. Behkam.

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