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The SIBLEY SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca, New York invites applications for:

Current Job Openings

  • Professor of Practice in Space Systems Engineering

    Ithaca Campus
    Posted:

    The SYSTEMS ENGINEERING program and the SIBLEY SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING at Cornell University invite applications for a Professor of the Practice Position in the area of Space Systems Engineering.

    The Systems Engineering Program at Cornell is an interdisciplinary collaboration between multiple departments in the College of Engineering. The student body includes working professionals with significant systems engineering experience as well as on-campus Masters and PhD students. Distance learning, student projects and research in systems engineering are prevalent.

    We seek a faculty member who can support systems engineering and space technology educational efforts at Cornell, including developing and teaching courses for both on-campus and professional distance-learning students; growing relationships with industry, including student projects; and facilitating connections between Systems Engineering and other departments. Space Systems is of particular interest, including systems architecture, model-based systems engineering, systems analysis and optimization, human-centered systems, or other areas of interest to the Systems Engineering program.

    Applicants should have extensive space systems engineering experience, must exhibit strong promise for excellence in developing courses and in teaching, and should have an advanced degree in a related field (doctorate preferred). Depending on qualifications, we can hire at the rank of Professor of Practice, Senior Lecturer or Lecturer. Although this is intended to be a full-time position, alternative arrangements may be considered. This is a non-tenure track position in the Systems Engineering program at the Ithaca campus, renewable every three to five years.


    The Systems Engineering program, 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 on line at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13479. Applications should include the cover sheet, a complete resume, a statement of research and teaching interests and experiences, the names of at least three references, and up to three publications. All applications received by April 30, 2019 will receive full consideration this academic year. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.


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  • Postdoctoral Researcher

    Upson Hall
    Posted:

    The SIBLEY SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY has an opening for a Postdoctoral researcher in engineering education. 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.


    The successful candidate will take a leading role in the redesign and evaluation of two required mechanical engineering courses, most likely in the solid mechanics 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 developing and implementing 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 here: news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/02/Active‐Learning-Initiative. The postdocs involved in the program will engage with the 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.


    The position is a 2-year, full time appointment beginning June 1, 2019, and is health insurance benefits eligible. Work is conducted on the Ithaca, NY campus. A part‐time appointment could be considered. 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.


    Required qualifications
    The successful candidate for this position is required to hold a 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;
    • a Strong background in solid mechanics;
    • 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 at emf4@cornell.edu. Evaluation of applications will begin March 15, 2019. Please also contact Prof. Fisher with any questions.


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  • Visiting Lecturer

    Upson Hall
    Posted:

    The SIBLEY SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca, New York invites applications for a Visiting Lecturer position.

    The School is currently seeking to fill a Visiting Lecturer position for a one-year, full-time appointment starting on or shortly after August 15, 2019. The likely teaching duties include a required undergraduate course in statics and mechanics of materials and electives in fluid mechanics, finite element analysis, or spacecraft technology. Candidates are sought who have a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related discipline. Experience in instruction at the University level and the ability to teach a variety of classes, especially in fluid/thermal sciences and/or solid mechanics, are preferred. While applicants at the level of Lecturer are preferred, appointments at the Senior Lecturer level will be considered. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the position includes benefits. This is a one-year, term appointment, without tenure; the appointment may be renewed for up to a total of three years after performance review by the Associate Director and dependent upon continued need by the department and the availability of funding.


    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.


    Please submit an application via email to: maesearches@cornell.edu. Applications should include a cover letter detailing the candidate’s background in the areas related to the above duties, a complete resume, and the names of at least two references. All applications received by March 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.


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  • HI-Light Technology Undergraduate

    Upson Hall
    Posted:

    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 (https//elviscao.net), 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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