Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina, United States
30 May 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy Type Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Salary Range 
Anticipated Hiring Range 
$65,000 - $75,000
Work Schedule TBD
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 140901 - Mechanical & Aerospace Engr
Department Mechanical & Aerospace Engr
Job City & State Raleigh, NC

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) is among the largest and most prominent in the nation. The department offers Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Aerospace Engineering (AE). The department also offers accelerated BS/MS degrees in both programs. Current research specialization in MAE includes dynamic systems and controls, vibrations, biomechanics, design optimization, smart materials and structures, precision engineering, MEMS and NEMS, advanced manufacturing, aerodynamics, UAV flight research, materials, renewable energy, combustion, hypersonics, propulsion, space exploration systems, and computational fluid dynamics.

The MAE department currently boasts 45 tenure-track faculty, six non-tenure track faculty, and 15 staff. The faculty is highly recognized with seven National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipients, four NSF RIA recipients, one NASA Early Career Faculty Award recipient, four ASME Fellows, seven AIAA Fellows, 20 members in the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers, and five named professors. The MAE Department has an enrollment of over 1,100 undergraduates and 400 graduate students and has conferred over 4,000 degrees since 2000. The department is housed in Engineering Building III, a four-story, 250,000-square foot facility built in 2010. An annex houses wind tunnels, an anechoic chamber, internal combustion engine dynamometers, and additional research labs. NC State’s location on Centennial Campus, combined with its proximity to the Research Triangle Park and neighboring universities, provides extensive opportunities for academic and industrial interaction and collaboration.

The mission of the MAE department is to be a flagship engineering department that benefits all people of North Carolina and the global society by making a profound impact on current and emerging science and technologies; fostering exemplary, synergistic multidisciplinary research and education programs in close partnership with industry and government; providing the environment for innovative professional and scholarly development; and graduating highly skilled, ethical engineers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world and be future leaders in technology and society.

Further information on the department can be found at http://www.mae.ncsu.edu.

Essential Job Duties

This individual primary responsibility is to teach four undergraduate laboratory courses; three in the mechanical engineering program (Instrumentation and Solid Mechanics, Thermal and Fluid Systems, and Dynamic Systems and Controls) and one in the aerospace engineering program (Aero Vehicle Structures). The individual will serve as a member of the MAE Laboratory Committee, and work with the committee to ensure that the laboratory courses are kept current and that the laboratory experiments are coordinated with related classes. This will require periodic upgrades and modification of experiments and the ability to work closely with faculty. The individual is expected to adapt to changing departmental and/or curricular priorities, which may include the addition of new laboratory courses or new ways of organizing and delivering existing laboratory experiences. Development of new experimental equipment for teaching students the concepts learned in lecture classes will be a priority. The individual may also be required to teach lecture classes as and when required by the department. Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and computer technology is required. Experimental experience in undergraduate and/or graduate laboratories will be very valuable for success in this position.

The individual will be responsible for training and supervising Teaching Assistants assigned to the laboratory courses, as well as teaching 4 laboratory sections per year, and maintaining and updating laboratory lecture and instructional materials. Duties also include periodic review, inspection and maintenance of all laboratory equipment. This individual will be responsible for ensuring that all maintenance is carried out on schedule, that all equipment is operable and that all supply items are available. The individual will coordinate departmental Open Houses, will also serve as member of the College of Engineering Safety committee and will participate in ABET assessment activities. The individual is expected to adapt to changing departmental and/or curricular priorities, which may include the addition of new laboratory courses or new ways of organizing and delivering existing laboratory experiences. Oversight of laboratories can increase (decrease) with a commensurate decrease (increase) of teaching. Other responsibilities will be negotiated with the Associate Department Head or Department Head. This is an EPA nine-month academic position (with additional compensation for summer teaching).

Other Work/Responsibilities

Minimum Education/Experience

Requires PhD in Mechanical and/or Aerospace Engineering or a PhD in a related area along with appropriate experience.

Departmental Required Skills

The individual is expected to help the laboratory Committee with proposal writing to solicit external funding for upgrading the laboratory experience for our undergraduates. Good oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work with faculty, teaching assistants and undergraduate students are essential.

Must have the ability to develop, coordinate, teach, and assess undergraduate ME/AE courses. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching of undergraduate course(s). Expertise in course(s) topics required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Prior experience and demonstrated competence in instrumentation and electronics, computer interfacing and data acquisition, general laboratory/experimental skills, and the ability to operate machining tools is highly desirable.

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