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Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Department Materials Science & Engr (2804)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a faculty position in electron microscopy of materials. A technical expert is sought to lead and facilitate electron imaging research and program development of a wide range of synthetic materials and naturally occurring materials with impact across the Department, College, and University. This is a tenure-track position intended for the Associate Professor level. The position is to begin in the Fall semester of 2018.

As one of the world’s premier public research universities, the University of Arizona is ranked 19th among public universities and 29th overall in research expenditures by the National Science Foundation. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has established strengths and interests across a wide spectrum of materials systems, phenomena, and applications, including nanostructured materials for optical, electronic, optoelectronic and bioengineering applications as well as high temperature ceramic composites and computational materials science and engineering. The department has a long history of interdisciplinary collaborative research and education. The department supports Inclusive Excellence, the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. More details about MSE can be found vis this link:

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong, high visibility program of high-quality externally funded research and be able to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in MSE. The new hire will serve as a key driver and lead investigator for new federally and state-funded programs and industrial partnerships and collaborations that leverage faculty expertise in MSE faculty and across the College of Engineering and the University. This will include research efforts in planetary materials as well as materials activities in Chemistry and BioChemistry, Physics, Geoscience, Optical Science as well as biomaterials research. The successful candidate will also play a guiding role in the future evolution and implementation of The University of Arizona’s recently expanded Kuiper Imaging Cores Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility that has recently added a new FEI Helios FIB and a state-of-the-art Hitachi HF-5000 Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM).

The candidate is expected to play an active role in the teaching and mentoring mission of the MSE Dept., including in the development of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in electron microscopy (TEM, SEM,) and imaging techniques as well as in student advising and departmental service. In his/her role as a guiding participant in the UA Imaging Cores facility, he/she will provide support in training the next generation of students in electron microscopy materials characterization and will work to expand the user-base for the UA electron imaging core facilities through the development of internal and external (industrial) collaborations.

Finally, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to student mentoring, including those historically underrepresented in higher education, and to contribute to an environment that nurtures collaboration among associated disciplines across the College and University. The successful candidate will also participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service. In these, and other ways, the faculty member will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaboration with community and business partners.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering and demonstrate at least 5 years of post-degree experience in imaging and its application.

Preferred Qualifications

An established history (> 5 years) of successful collaboration and program development activity that includes industrial involvement as well as federally funded academic research.

Established professional or collaborative relationships with the electron imaging industry and demonstrated expertise in the development of new instrumentation and the implementation of experimental analysis techniques and equipment.

Previous experience in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in the microscopy area.

Rank Associate Professor
Tenure Information Tenure Track (T/TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21096
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/13/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Pierre Deymier

Open Date 08/25/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 09/15/2017
Special Instructions Summary

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have an earned doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interests
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents