Assistant or Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering (509559)

  • California State University, Chico
  • Chico, California
  • Jan 12, 2022
Full Time Engineering Public Health

Job Description


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public university, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Chico State operates as part of the 23-campus CSU system, which educates the most ethnically, economically, and academically diverse student body in the nation. The University enrolls over 15,000 students, with over half identifying as first-generation college students.

Chico State is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the intersectional identities of our student body. The ideal candidate will embrace our values predicated on the primacy of student success and the elimination of equity gaps, have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and will contribute to policies, programs, and practices that support an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, veterans, and those with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.

The Position: Assistant or Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering with expertise in thermal/fluid sciences.

Position Starts: August 2022

College: Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC)

Department/School: Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (MMEM)

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Initial Review Date: 02/18/2022; complete applications received after that date may be considered.

How to Apply:

Applicants must provide a current cover letter (including how you have addressed, or plan to address teaching to diverse student groups), a CV, and contact information of three professional references. All applicants must apply online, applications submitted via email or in-person to the department will not be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or closely related area within the thermal/fluid sciences. Candidates nearing completion of the terminal degree may be considered; however, all requirements for conferral of the degree must be met no later than August 17, 2022. Candidates must have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, proficiency in written and oral English, and expertise in thermal/fluid sciences.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with a proven record of effective teaching at the undergraduate level; in particular, experience teaching upper-division thermodynamics, advanced thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Additionally, industrial experience in mechanical engineering, and/or demonstrated success as a mentor or advisor to academic or professional groups or individuals is preferred. Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administration from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Bilingual candidates will be given preference.


This tenure track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching and course development at the undergraduate level (this is primary). Develop an area of scholarship and professional growth leading to dissemination through peer-reviewed forums, pursue external funding to support research, and mentor undergraduate students on research. Student advising, serving on academic committees and industry associations, supporting the Department's industrial advisory board, engaging in outreach and recruitment activities, and contributing to goals of the Program, College, and University. This position includes advising capstone senior design teams, which involves working closely with students and industry sponsors. Teaching assignments are based upon qualifications of the individual and the needs of the department.

Candidates will be responsible for maintaining a collegial and respectful working environment while collaborating with other faculty, staff, and students within the department as well as outside the department and college.

The Department:

The Department of MMEM offers two accredited engineering B.S. degrees: Mechanical Engineering (367 current majors) and Mechatronic Engineering (156 current majors) and a B.S. degree in Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Robotics (22 current majors). The Department also offers a minor in manufacturing (24 current minors). MMEM is one of seven departments in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.

The department prides itself in maintaining rigorous curricula, delivering programs that are practice-oriented with a strong design focus, and having accessible faculty who provide a high degree of personal attention to all students. A major strength of the department is the Capstone Design Program sponsored by industry partners that provides hands-on design projects for cross-disciplinary teams of mechanical and mechatronic engineering and advanced manufacturing students to design, build, and test real-world solutions. The department has several active student clubs and organizations that include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Mechatronic Engineers (AIME), Materials Research Society (MRS), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), and the Alternative Energy Club. The College and Department typically support several major extracurricular student projects such as the Baja SAE competition, the Formula SAE competition, the SMUD Solar Regatta, and National Association of Rocketry High-Powered competition. Chico State has a tradition of performing well in these competitions.

Refer to and for more information about the Department of MMEM and College of ECC, respectively.

Job-related questions should be directed to:

David Alexander, Search Committee Chair
MMEM Department, (530) 898-6491

Mandatory Vaccinations:

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or have received a medical or religious exemption. Selected candidates should be prepared to comply with this requirement.

Benefits Information:

This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible). California State University, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance). For more information, please visit

Additional Information:

All work must be performed within the State of California.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

For disability-related accommodations, please call the ADA Coordinator at (530) 898-5959.

All positions are contingent on funding.

About Chico State:

Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, "Today Decides Tomorrow," is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century.

The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene. We acknowledge and are mindful that California State University, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus.

California State University, Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status and only employ individuals authorized to work in the U.S.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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