Faculty Openings (October 2017)

The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania initiated a period of significant growth in 2015 that has resulted in 30 new faculty hires of which four are in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  The department is continuing this aggressive, multi-year hiring effort by seeking a tenure-track assistant professor.  Exceptional applicants for tenured associate and full professor positions may also be considered.

Applicants from all materials-related research areas are invited to apply, especially those with expertise in (1) materials for health sciences, (2) electronic materials, and (3) structural materials.  Additional descriptions of these research areas is given below.

Review of applications will begin immediately with a deadline of January 2, 2018.

Applications must be submitted online and include a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, a short (5 page limit) research statement, a teaching statement and the names of three references (with contact information) who could provide letters of recommendation. The cover letter should describe the applicant’s most significant scientific accomplishment as a graduate student and as a postdoc, the applicant‘s overall goals/vision for a research program at Penn, and the experience and qualifications that make the applicant particularly well-suited to achieve those goals.  For important context consider the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s strategic plan.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • Materials for the Health Sciences:  Materials continue to enable innovation in the health sciences, particularly in the areas of medical and dental implantable devices, advanced imaging and sensing, tissue stimulation, injury reduction and drug delivery.  By the judicious design of the chemical compositions, materials processing methods, investigation of structure-property relationships at micro- and nanoscale, and control of surfaces and interfaces, unique combinations of properties and functionalities can be attained.  Materials performance can be advanced by interfacing with biological components, including cells and proteins, and drawing inspiration from nature.  Fundamental materials research will ignite future breakthroughs in the healthcare community including responsive implants, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, infectious disease, therapeutic delivery, diagnosis and repair of injuries, and next-generation imaging and sensing devices, as well as providing model materials for studying biological systems.  Prof. Vivek Shenoy chairs this search committee.

  • Electronic Materials: Materials with precisely tailored properties will lead to new electronic and quantum device paradigms and applications. The interplay of geometry, topology, mechanical deformations and symmetry breaking fields can drastically modify electronic and photonic properties and produce new phases of matter with precisely tunable responses. For example, the combined effects of symmetry and topology in materials' electronic structures have led to the discovery of topological insulators, topological superconductors, and Dirac/Weyl semimetals. New materials and their heterostructures are a rich and emerging source for exploring new electronic and optical phenomena that are unattainable in conventional material systems. Foundational research on these emerging materials will have significant impact for future applications including quantum computing, optoelectronics and sensing. Research areas of particular interest include (i) atomically precise synthesis, growth or assembly of quantum materials, (ii) designing novel probes such as scanning probe techniques to investigate the electronic and transport properties to evaluate new theories to greatly expand the fundamental understanding of these materials, and (iii) engineering quantum electronic materials with innovative functionalities for future technologies. Prof. Ritesh Agarwal chairs this search committee.

  • Structural Materials: The field of structural materials focuses primarily on the mechanical properties and encompasses metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.  For structural materials the ideal goal of mechanical behavior is to achieve both high toughness and strength, and often combined with the requirement for weight reduction to improve energy efficiency.  Alloying is a common approach to achieve the best possible properties and novel design concepts include disordered alloys, most recently high entropy alloys composed of several components of the same concentration, compounds and composites.   Additional topics of interest include mechanical behavior in extreme situations (high temperature, radiation environments), unusual combinations of mechanical properties and low density materials (e.g., high performance polymers, magnesium alloys).   An essential aspect of modern structural materials research is establishing fundamental links between mechanical properties and atomic structures extending to microstructure, for example defects in alloys and tie molecules in polymers.  Research on structural materials involves experimental techniques such as electron microscopy, synthesis/processing and mechanical testing as well as computer modeling based on fundamental physics and state of the art advancements in continuum mechanics.  The overarching goal in structural materials is to develop novel synthesis and processing approaches to manipulate the mechanisms and structures involved in mechanical behavior. Prof. Vasek Vitek chairs this search committee.