Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Tacoma, Washington State
Nov 09, 2023
Dec 10, 2023
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Educator / Faculty
Full Time
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Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Position Description:

The School of Engineering and Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. This is a full-time position with a nine-month academic year appointment and an expected start date of September 16, 2024. The initial appointment will be for a three-year term, eligible for reappointment after a successful second-year review.


All faculty at the University of Washington (UW) engage in scholarship, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a robust, externally-funded research program, teach a broad range of Mechanical Engineering courses including labs and supporting senior capstone design projects, and participate in service and shared governance. Priority topic areas include, but are not limited to, aerospace, robotics, controls, thermal systems, fluids, or manufacturing.



The base salary range for this position will be $12,556 to $13,111 per month ($113,000 to $118,000 per 9-month academic year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a one-time relocation allowance and startup package. A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at


About UW Tacoma

The University of Washington Tacoma (UWT), one of three UW campuses, is an urban undergraduate and graduate campus that is changing the face of the region economically, culturally, and architecturally. UWT was established in 1990 to serve the South Sound communities. The UWT campus currently serves approximately 5,000 students with a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Over half of UWT undergraduates are first-generation college students. Consistent with UWT’s urban-serving mission, our campus provides a unique environment for its faculty in the development of creative teaching, research, and community collaborations. For more information about UWT, visit


The School of Engineering and Technology (SET), was created in 2001 through a public/private partnership to address the critical industry demand for baccalaureate and graduate-level computing and engineering professionals. SET currently enrolls 990+ students across several established and developing degree programs:

(1) four ABET-accredited undergraduate degree programs in: Electrical Engineering (B.S.), Computer Engineering and Systems (B.S.), Computer Science and Systems (B.S. or B.A.), and Information Technology (B.S.);

(2) two pre-ABET undergraduate degree programs (B.S.) in: Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering;

(3) Master of Science (M.S.) Degrees in: Computer Science and Systems, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Information Technology, and a professional Master’s Degree, in partnership with the Milgard School of Business, in Cybersecurity and Leadership (M.C.L.); and

(4) a doctorate (Ph.D.) program in Computer Science and Systems.


Our M.S. in Computer Science and Systems is also expanding by adding interdisciplinary, data-centric tracks that leverage the research strengths of other academic units on campus, particularly in Data Science, GIS, Bioinformatics, Cybersecurity, Distributed Systems, and Cyber-Physical Systems.


The Mechanical Engineering program in the School of Engineering and Technology was launched in Fall 2020. The program has an emphasis on high-impact practices to support students. More than 50% of students in the program participate in undergraduate research experiences. The curriculum supports high levels of design and open-ended student projects. The program culture is focused on collaboration and community.



An earned Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related field is required by the time of appointment. In exceptional circumstances, candidates in the final stages of the Ph.D. (pending conferral) may be selected and appointed on an acting basis.



Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following via the Interfolio system:

  1. A cover letter describing your academic qualifications, professional experiences, research trajectory, teaching background, and how you will bring value to the curriculum development in Mechanical Engineering.
  2. A teaching statement that presents your teaching philosophy, evidence of your teaching effectiveness, a list of courses you are qualified to teach, including your experience with hybrid teaching, teaching flexibility, and student advising.
  3. A research statement describing your research experiences, including your long-term/short-term goals and plans for research development.
  4. A diversity statement describing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in mechanical engineering or your related field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further University of Washington Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion.
  5. A curriculum vitae
  6. Contact information for at least three references.


Position URL:


Applications must be submitted electronically to [URL]



This position will remain open until filled, however applications received before December 15, 2023 will receive a priority review. This position is contingent upon available funding.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation email. This information will not be shared with the search committee.

Questions related to this position are to be directed to the search committee chairs, Dr. Hee-Seok Kim, and Dr. Matthew Ford,


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.