Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement

Assistant or Associate Professor
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Search Number     14-138
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year appointment

Tenure track, academic year salary commensurate with academic rank and experience

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served several major airlines.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (M&IE) invites applications and nominations from outstanding individuals for a tenure-track position in Mechanical Engineering at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

The M&IE Department offers ABET accredited BS degrees in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Graduate offerings include MS degrees in Industrial & Management Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering with options in Industrial or Mechanical Engineering. The Department is strong in both traditional and emerging areas of each discipline, with substantial laboratory facilities supporting instructional and research missions. Available to M&IE Department faculty are collaborations with MSU’s Energy Research Institute, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory, Magnetic Resonance Lab, Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility, Montana Microfabrication Facility, Western Transportation Institute, Wind Application Center, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, Thermal Biology Institute, and Center for Bio-Inspired Nano-Materials.

Since increasing the diversity of the engineering profession is a strategic priority for the MSU College of Engineering, women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and

The new faculty member will be expected to contribute to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, develop a nationally-recognized externally-funded scholarly program in the focus area, and collaborate with MSU’s research centers and regional partners. Other responsibilities include advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participation in accreditation activities and committee assignments, and service to the university, state, and profession.

1.   Earned Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or closely related field by date of hire.
2.   Record of quality peer-reviewed and other scholarly publications
3.   Excellent potential for effective undergraduate and graduate teaching in M&IE.
4.   Outstanding potential for developing a nationally recognized, externally funded scholarly program in the area of focus.
5.   Demonstrated ability to engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the department.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Good understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals, including heat transfer, thermodynamics, materials, fluid/solid mechanics, and engineering design.
  • Ability to complement existing focus areas of the Department, College and University, such as Design and Manufacturing (e.g., CAD, design for manufacturability, additive manufacturing), Dynamics and Controls (e.g., mechatronics, robotics, vehicle dynamics), Energy (e.g., building energy systems, energy materials, energy optimization), or Materials (e.g., engineering polymers, biological polymers).
  • Effective teamwork, and interpersonal and communication skills, relevant to MSU students and professional collaboration.
  • Interest in, and ability to lead and conduct, high quality scholarship in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Interest in student success and commitment to quality teaching and curriculum development in area of focus.
  • Commitment to advancing student, faculty, staff, and intellectual diversity.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Screening of applications will begin on November 12, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.

***The screening of applications date has been changed to November 12, 2013, from the original posting of December 16, 2013***


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) Letter of Application that includes:
    • (a.) cover letter describing how the candidate meets each of the required qualifications for this position.
    • (b.) a statement of specific experience, focus, objectives, and strategies to build a sustainable scholarly program. (2 pages maximum)
    • (c.) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, including identification of existing courses within the M&IE curriculum to which the applicant can contribute immediately, and new courses that could be developed and integrated into the M&IE curriculum. (2 pages maximum)
  • (2) Current Curriculum vitae; and
  • (3) Names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-138" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Laura Andersen
    • Search Administrative Assistant
    • Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 173800
    • Bozeman MT 59717-3800
    • (406)994-2204

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted (10/11/2013, ses)