Faculty Openings

The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania initiated a period of substantial growth in 2015 including four new hires in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The department is continuing this exciting multi-year hiring effort by seeking multiple tenure-track assistant professors. Exceptional applicants for tenured associate and full professor positions may also be considered.

The primary hiring focus is the research area of materials for health, along with a secondary focus on functional materials. Exceptional applicants in other areas of materials science and engineering may also be considered. Additional descriptions of these focus areas are available below and Penn Engineering’s strategic plan is available online.

Review of applications will begin immediately with a target deadline of November 1, 2018.

Applications must be submitted online and include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement (limit 5 pages), a teaching statement, and contact information for 3-5 references who could provide letters of recommendation. The cover letter should summarize the applicant’s (i) scientific and teaching accomplishments, (ii) vision for their research program specifically at Penn, and (iii) approach to contributing to a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

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.

  1. Materials for Health: Advances in materials science and engineering enable many breakthroughs in healthcare by providing materials with unique structures and innovative functionalities to probe, sense, monitor, repair, reconstruct, protect, and cure. Through materials innovation, including novel synthesis, formulation and processing, and advances in understanding the fundamental structure-property relationships, materials science and engineering is playing a critical role to address pressing needs in medicine and biological sciences. Of particular interest is pioneering work in materials science designed to impact health-related needs including advanced imaging and sensing, connected and wearable devices, tissue engineering, and targeted and long-lasting therapeutics. Materials research at Penn benefits from the close proximity and many interactions with its schools of medicine, nursing, dental sciences and veterinary sciences and numerous research and translational centers, all located on Penn’s compact urban campus. Prof. Shu Yang chairs this search committee.
  2. Functional Materials: New materials provide access to novel structure-property relationships that in turn deliver the foundation for innovative devices for computing, energy storage and conversion, actuation, sensing, health care, and communications. For example, the interplay of geometry, topology, mechanical deformations and symmetry breaking in nano- and microscales can drastically modify electronic and photonic properties and produce new phases of matter with precisely tunable responses. Foundational materials research on these and other emerging materials will have significant impact to emerging technologies including quantum computing, optoelectronics, and sensing. Materials science and engineering areas of interest include (i) synthesis, growth or assembly of functional nanomaterials, (ii) quantum and low-dimensional nanomaterials, (iii) engineering materials with innovative functionalities for future technologies, and (iv) theory and simulation methods applied to materials design. Prof. Christopher B. Murray chairs this search committee.