The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for seven faculty positions in the general areas listed below. These tenure-track or tenured positions could be filled at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level as designated below. Exceptional candidates will be considered for named professorships.

  1. Dynamic Systems and Control (open rank): Robotics and autonomous systems, control and information theory, perceptions and intelligent systems, signal processing and estimation, mechatronics, and system dynamics. Particularly desirable are areas such as control theory, human-machine interaction, modeling and control of social and behavioral systems, bioinspired robotics, and social robotics. Job number TR0170140. Search committee chair: Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (
  2. Robotics Perception (open rank): Perception in robotics, autonomous systems, and intelligent infrastructures. Job number TR0170141. Search committee chair: Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (
  3. Computational Design and Analysis Methods, (Assistant and Associate Professor level): computational mechanics, multiscale (nano-micro-macro scale) modeling, design automation, design optimization, design reliability, design methodology, advanced material modeling, and design for (additive) manufacturing. Job number TR0170139. Search committee chair: Prof. Chris Williams (
  4. Materials and Manufacturing for Energy Systems (Assistant and Associate Professor level): materials, design, and manufacturing with a preferred emphasis in energy storage and batteries, battery technology from a manufacturing perspective that encompasses the automation of the materials, mechanical, and chemical processes involved. Job number TR0170138. Search committee chair: Prof. Chris Williams (
  5. Bio, Micro, and Nano-systems (Assistant and Associate Professor level): emerging areas of mechanical engineering including mechanobiology, interface of mechanics and biology and medicine, BioMEMS/NEMS, cellular mechanics, biomedical micro/nano-devices, biotransport, modeling of biological systems ranging from molecular to genes, organelle, cell, and tissue level. Job number TR0170135. Search committee chair: Prof. Amrinder Nain (
  6. Energy Engineering and Sciences/Combustion (Open rank): turbomachinery, aerospace propulsion systems, gas turbine heat transfer, electronic cooling and thermal management, diagnostic systems, and thermoelectric power generations, biofuels, combustion diagnostics and dynamics, and automobile engine systems. Job number TR0170133. Search committee chair: Prof. Wing Ng (
  7. Nuclear Engineering and Sciences (Open rank): nuclear materials and fuels, particle transport methods, radiation detection, reactor physics, reactor safety, reactor shielding, reactor design, medical and imaging applications, nuclear security and safeguard, nuclear non-proliferation and policy. This position is directly related to VT’s Intelligent Infrastructure Destination Area (a transdisciplinary initiative across many colleges.)  To apply for this position, please refer to Virginia Tech’s cluster hire ad at  and select Mechanical Engineering Department and mention applying to Nuclear Engineering position.

Positions 2 through 7 contribute to the University’s transdisciplinary Destination Area in Intelligent Infrastructure and Human Centered Communities.

Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. We are seeking outstanding candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and developing an internationally recognized research program. Candidates should apply online at to the appropriate posting number given above. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles, a one-page research statement, a brief statement on teaching preferences, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. Review of applications for all positions will begin on December 4, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Positions 2 through 7 contribute the University’s transdisciplinary Destination Area in Intelligent Infrastructure and Human Centered Communities ( The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities (IIHCC) Destination Area. Participation in Destination Area activities and initiatives will be an important component of performance evaluations as well as promotion and tenure processes. The IIHCC Destination area is focused on bringing visionary humanist and technologists together to create the framework for infrastructure innovation and the reinvention of community. Faculty working together in this area are committed to transdisciplinary solutions that exists along the interdependencies between humans, community, and infrastructure with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life around the globe. The initial focus for IIHCC will be on the following themes: 1) Ubiquitous Mobility, 2) Automated Vehicle Systems, 3) Smart Design and Construction, and 4) Energy, along with 5) the area of Materials and Materials Design for these themes.  New resources and opportunities, above and beyond the departmental facilities, will be available to the faculty in these destination areas.

Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population. The Department of Mechanical Engineering, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 59 faculty, research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 340 graduate students with 180 students at doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 14th and 22nd out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2018 U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers, and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College level centers such as the recently established Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics, and the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS); and state level industry-academic research centers such as the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).