Open positions

Chair and professor of mechanical engineering

The University of Nevada, Reno invites applications or nominations for the position of Mechanical Engineering Department Chair.  The Department seeks candidates who demonstrate the vision to lead this dynamic academic unit within a rapidly growing R1 research university.  The Chair will operate the Department to enhance and grow its education, research and professional service missions.  The chair must:

  • Strongly advocate for the Department
  • Lead the shared development and realization of the Department’s strategic plans
  • Enhance junior faculty mentoring
  • Build bridges between faculty and Reno’s growing industries, and
  • Foster an environment in which faculty feel they can reach their full professional potential

Candidates must have strong academic background in mechanical engineering or a related discipline, a proven record of academic leadership, a distinguished national and international reputation in research, significant experience in student education and engagement, commitment to support the advancement of fellow faculty members at all levels, and qualifications consistent with an appointment as a tenured professor at the rank of full professor.  The Department expects the successful candidate to maintain an active sponsored research program.

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Assistant professor of mechanical engineering

Candidates with expertise in any area of mechanical engineering will receive full consideration, and those with expertise in fluid mechanics or advanced manufacturing are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Assistant or associate professor of aerospace engineering

We are seeking candidates with expertise in any area of aerospace engineering, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, aero-structures, and flight mechanics/controls.

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Lecturer of mechanical engineering

We are seeking a dynamic, career-oriented individual with demonstrated expertise to teach undergraduate capstone design using project-based learning. The lecturer will also be expected to teach other mechanical engineering courses. This position will be available as early as January 1, 2019. The salary and benefits will be highly competitive.

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About the Department

Mechanical Engineering is one of five departments in the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Department have experienced unprecedented growth over the past decade. The department currently has 23 tenured/tenure track, lecturer and research faculty members, over 750 undergraduate students and over 40 graduate students. To support department growth, the University completed a $14-million renovation of the mechanical engineering building in 2017. 

The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and is ABET accredited. The Department is initiating an aerospace engineering program and recently hired a founding aerospace engineering program director. To support the development of that program, the department plans to hire four more aerospace faculty members in the near future. 

Priorities of the Department are:

  • Promote an environment of diversity and inclusiveness
  • Provide high-quality and globally competitive educational programs
  • Grow its doctoral program
  • Expand funded research, including nationally competitive grants
  • Publish research in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals
  • Enhance collaboration with industry
  • Provide local, regional, national and global outreach, service and leadership.

About the College of Engineering

Thanks to substantial growth in both student enrollment and tenure-track faculty positions, the College of Engineering is constructing a new engineering building, scheduled to open in 2020. The new building provides both additional space and modern facilities capable of supporting advanced engineering research. This building will allow the College to pursue its strategic vision, serve Nevada and the nation, and educate future generations of engineering professionals.

About the University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public research university committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University serves over 21,000 students. The University is a comprehensive doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Through a commitment to student success, world-improving research and outreach benefiting Nevada’s communities and businesses, the University has impact across the state and around the world. For more information, visit

Situated on the banks of the Truckee River, Reno is on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and its magnificent recreational opportunities, 3.5 hours from Yosemite National Park, and 4 hours from San Francisco.  The area has an ethnically diverse population of 450,000; growing engineering, high-tech and arts communities; and an international airport 10 minutes from the University. 

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation.  The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.