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The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York invites applications for:

Current Job Openings

  • Tenure-track Faculty Position in Bioengineering Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Upson Hall

    The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Bioengineering.  Candidates must hold a doctorate in an appropriate field and are expected to establish an outstanding, funded research program as well as to contribute fully to both undergraduate and graduate instruction. Applicants at the level of Assistant Professor are preferred, but appointments at other levels will also be considered. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    We seek outstanding individuals engaged in all aspects of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with a particular interest in Bioengineering.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however particular attention will be paid to applicants with overlap with Cornell Radical Collaborations (http://provost.cornell.edu/academic-initiatives/radical-collaboration/) such as digital agriculture, genome biology, infection biology, nanoscale science and molecular engineering, and data science.

    Cornell has a long history of excellence at the interface between bioengineering, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering.  Many faculty engage in bioengineering research in collaboration across the Engineering College, with Cornell hospitals, with the Veterinary School, and with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Cornell fosters interdisciplinary research and an atmosphere of interdisciplinary collaborations through its Centers and Field system and multidisciplinary centers such as the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Cornell also offers opportunities for entrepreneurship and commercialization of technologies developed by faculty through the Cornell Center for Technology Licensing and local incubators such as the McGovern Center for Venture Development.

    The Sibley School and the College of Engineering at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will foster a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities and genders.  We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups in Engineering to apply.  Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches.

    Please submit an application. Applications should include a complete cv; statements of research, teaching, and service; a statement of diversity, equity and inclusion; as well as the names of three references; and 3 recent or significant publications. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019; all applications received by November 20, 2019 will receive full consideration this academic year.  Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.  Inquiries may be sent to Prof. Brian Kirby at kirby@cornell.edu.


    Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


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  • HI-Light Technology Undergraduate

    Upson Hall

    Undergraduate research opportunity in the Erickson Lab

    The Erickson Lab (http://www.ericksonlab.org/) seeks an undergraduate student at Cornell with an interest in reactor engineering and/or photocatalysis. The available position will focus on the HI-Light project, a solar-thermal chemical reactor technology for converting CO2; to fuels like syngas or methanol. Preferences will be given to candidates in the junior/senior level, with background in Mechanical Engineering , Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Applied Physics, Chemistry and relevant disciplines. A lot of hands-on experience will be required. The successful candidate will be working with Elvis Cao, a Ph.D. student in the Erickson lab.

    Interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement outlining their qualifications for the position to xc295@cornell.edu. Included the words “HI-Light Technology Undergraduate” in the subject of your email. The position is available immediately and requires a minimum of three-month commitment.

    About HI-Light: HI-Light is a solar-thermal chemical reactor technology for converting CO2 to fuels like syngas or methanol. The technology seeks to achieve a kind of artificial photosynthesis - combining sunlight, CO2 and chemicals to photocatalytically produce renewable fuels.

    About the Erickson Lab: We are a group of multidisciplinary Ph.D., Post-doctoral, and other researchers with expertise spanning Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics. We have broad expertise in nanotechnology, microfluidics, photonics, and biomedical diagnostics

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  • Post-doctoral researcher in Engineering Education

    Upson Hall

    Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in engineering education in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the redesign and evaluation of two required junior-level mechanical engineering classes, supported by a Cornell University Active Learning Initiative grant. 

    Job Description

    The successful candidate will take a leading role in the redesign and evaluation of two required mechanical engineering courses in the thermal/fluids area. The postdoc will work with a group of faculty and postdocs, including the course instructors, to develop and document course materials emphasizing active and inductive learning and real-life applications. Additional duties include evaluating metrics for the learning objectives of each class, and using those metrics to determine the efficacy of the course interventions. Opportunities for teaching may also be available. This position is part of a Cornell-wide initiative to shift the undergraduate curriculum toward active learning approaches; the wide range of participating departments is summarized. The postdocs will have the opportunity to engage with the Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation and participate in weekly seminars with other Active Learning Initiative postdocs to receive training and support in designing and implementing research-based teaching strategies. We expect the course redesign project to lead to archival publications in the engineering education literature. 


    Employer: Cornell University 

    Location: Ithaca, NY 

    Start date: June 1, 2020 

    Length of appointment: 2 years 

    Time commitment: full time, but will consider part-time appointments. 

    Required Qualifications

    Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, engineering education research, or a closely related field. 


    Preferred qualifications include some combination of the following: 

    • Experience with relevant literature and education research methods 
    • Strong background in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. 
    • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple faculty members and postdocs, adapting to diverse views and approaches 
    • Ability to work independently 
    • Project leadership, time management, communication, and writing skills 
    • Experience with curriculum development, teaching assistant training, or faculty development 
    • Enthusiasm for learning new things (Because this project will involve integrating and applying many different research areas, an ability to grow is even more valuable than extensive experience in any one of the above areas.) 

    To Apply

    Submit a CV, cover letter, a brief teaching and research statement emphasizing relevant background and/or interest in engineering education research, and the names and email contacts of three professional references to Prof. Elizabeth Fisher. The evaluation of applications will start on March 16, 2020. 

    Please also contact Prof. Fisher with any questions. 

    Diversity and inclusion are part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. 

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