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Research Assistant Professor

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Position Information

Position Information

Job Title Research Assistant Professor
Department Mechanical Engineering
Department Web Address
Full Time Equivalent


Position Type Academic Faculty
Comp Grade 0(II)
Tenure Track Non Tenure Track
Job Description

The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a non-tenure-track faculty position at the Research Assistant Professor level in the area of Thermal/Fluid Science, including experimental measurements and computational modeling/CFD. This position supports the Nuclear Packaging Safety and Porous Media Heat Transfer labs.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research, manage multiple concurrent projects, teach graduate/undergraduate mechanical engineering courses, advise/supervise student projects and research, and develop research proposals in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Successful candidates will be able to develop existing research areas, collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects, successfully publish work in peer-reviewed academic journals, and secure funding for new avenues of research. This is a full-time 12-month position, and funding and extension are subject to performance and grant awards.

The successful candidate must teach at least 1 credit per year in undergraduate or graduate courses within mechanical engineering department.

Thanks to substantial growth in both student enrollment and tenure-track faculty positions, the College of Engineering has received funding to build a new engineering building, scheduled to be completed in 2020. The new engineering building provides both additional space critically needed by the College and the modern facilities capable of supporting high-tech research and laboratory space. This building will allow the College to pursue its strategic vision, serve Nevada and the nation, and educate future generations of engineering professionals.

The University of Nevada, Reno serves nearly 21,000 students. The university is ranked as a Tier 1 institution by “U.S. News and World Report” and offers an array of degree programs at all levels. Reno is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a 30-minute drive from Lake Tahoe. Reno/Tahoe is recognized as a world-class outdoor recreation area. Additional nearby areas of interest include the Black Rock Desert, Sacramento, Yosemite National Park, Napa/Sonoma, the San Francisco Bay Area. University of Nevada homepage:

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctorate or foreign equivalent in mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline, and 3 years of relevant work experience. The candidate must demonstrate the potential to (1) develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, (2) mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and (3) publish research results in the appropriate scholarly outlets. In addition, the candidate must have demonstrable experience in the following areas:
• Rarefied gas dynamics
• Two-phase flow and phase change in porous media
• Storage and transportation of nuclear fuel assemblies
• Computational Fluid Dynamics

Preferred Qualifications
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Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a letter of application, CV and contact information for three references.

Job Open Date 09/01/2017
Job Close Date 10/15/2017
Open Until Filled No
Search Number 72816
Note to All Applicants

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation or genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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