Faculty Openings (September 2016)

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is engaged in an aggressive, multi-year hiring effort for multiple tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level.  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) electronic and optical materials and (2) materials for health sciences.  

Electronic and Optical Materials:  New low-dimensional materials with novel properties will lead to new optoelectronic and quantum device paradigms and applications.  In low-dimensional materials the interplay of geometry, topology, mechanical deformations and symmetry breaking fields can drastically modify their electronic, optical 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 semimetals.  New layered 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, photonics and sensing.  Research areas of particular interest include (i) atomically precise synthesis, growth or assembly of quantum materials, (ii) designing novel materials, probes and device platforms to evaluate new theories and expand the fundamental understanding of these electronic, optical and optoelectronic properties, and (iii) engineering materials with innovative functionalities for future technologies.  Prof. Ritesh Agarwal chairs this search committee.

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, 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.

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 (http://www.seas.upenn.edu/PennEngineering2020/).

Review of applications will begin immediately with a target deadline of November 1, 2016.

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.