Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
December 12, 2013

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Materials Science
To be Determined

Search Number     14-192
Start Date August 16, 2014
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) Tenure track, academic year appointment

Dependent upon experience and qualifications. A competitive startup package and space is available for establishing additional, discipline-specific research capabilities.

Benefits Eligible

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.

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.

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 Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

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. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." 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.


Montana State University (MSU) seeks to hire a tenure track faculty member in the general field of materials science and engineering. The search will consider candidates at all ranks, but preference will be given to candidates at the Assistant Professor level. Candidate expertise in one of the following areas is preferred: electronic, photonic and magnetic materials; materials for energy storage, conversion and conservation; or biomaterials. Qualified applicants will have earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field.

Duties and

The successful applicant will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program and teach classes in a newly established Materials Science (MatSci) doctoral program. The departmental affiliation of the successful applicant is open to negotiation and will be determined by the applicant’s research expertise and mutual agreement between the applicant, the MSU-MatSci leadership, and the appropriate Department Head and College Dean. In the long term, the successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with other faculty and departments to enhance graduate programs in MatSci at Montana State University.

1.   Ph.D. in Materials Science or Materials Science and Engineering or a closely related field. Postdoctoral experience is highly desirable.
2.   Demonstrated ability or potential to establish an internationally recognized and externally funded research program.
3.   Demonstrated ability or potential for effective teaching in courses at the undergraduate and graduate level offered by the Materials Science Program.
4.   Demonstrated ability or potential to develop new courses that expand graduate education opportunities in materials science.
1.   Interest and ability to establish multidisciplinary collaborative research both on campus and with colleagues at other institutions.
2.   Commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and research.
3.   Commitment to promoting diversity in the classroom and research settings.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Be a dynamic and visionary scientist and educator who will advance MSU's goals of outstanding research, teaching, and service.

  • Have excellent communication skills.

    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 January 21, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
    • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
    • (3) a description of research plans, and
    • (4) a statement of teaching interests, and
    • (5) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three (3) 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 #14-192" in the subject line of the email to

      • Submit materials to:

      • Materials Science Search Committee
      • The Graduate School
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 172580
      • Bozeman MT 59717-2580
      • (406)994-4733 (Fax)
      • Please direct questions either to or Laura Collins at (406) 994-7442.

        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 (12/12/2013/ses)