Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for two full-time faculty positions with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017, or later. The Department is looking for exceptional individuals in all core areas of Mechanical Engineering with particular emphasis in fluid mechanics (tenure-track Assistant Professor), and micro and nanoscale thermal sciences and their application to energy systems (tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor).

Responsibilities include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, recruitment and supervision of graduate students, and the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related field by the time of employment. A demonstrated record of excellence in research and proven ability as, or potential to develop into, an outstanding teacher are desired. Successful candidates will have a strong record of collaborative, interdisciplinary research, and will be able to leverage synergies within the Department, and College of Engineering. 

Applications must be submitted electronically, and should include:

  • Cover letter (limited to two pages) including (1) most significant scientific accomplishment as a graduate student, (2) most significant scientific accomplishment in your postgraduate career (if applicable), (3) overall goals/vision for a research program at our institution, and (4) experience and qualifications that make you particularly well suited to achieve those goals.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of research
  • Statement of teaching
  • Diversity statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Applicants will also need to arrange for 3-5 references to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf via the recruitment website.

Applications received by Friday December 9th, 2016, will be given priority consideration, but the positions will remain open until filled.  

Please note this is not a pooled search, you must apply to both searches to be considered for both positions.

To apply to the Fluid Mechanics search visit:

To apply to the Nano/Thermal search visit:

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law


About the Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB offers accredited programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). We offer an education that prepares our students to become leaders of the engineering profession and one which empowers them to engage in a lifetime of learning and achievement.

Our department sits at the forefront of several research trends that blend core mechanical engineering topics with exciting multidisciplinary technologies, and our faculty are world-renown for their achievements in our core areas of research:

Recent example advances include the development of micro- and nano-fluidic sensors for high-performance screening in the field, bio-inspired structures and materials, computational methods for materials and quantitative biology, computational, experimental and theoretical advances on multiphase flows from micro- to geophysical scales, and strategies for smart building, smart grids, and their integration.

In future years, broad important goals include the strengthening of our undergraduate design curriculum, and the integration of online learning technologies. We are looking to hire outstanding new faculty to continue the coordination of our efforts in modern mechanical engineering subjects, including energy efficiency, thermal sciences, nano technology, bioengineering, and fluid mechanics.


About UCSB and the College of Engineering

Palm-framed vistas of the blue Pacific and the golden Santa Ynez Mountains. The scent of eucalyptus mixed with the saltwater breeze. Breathtaking natural beauty combined with enormous intellectual vitality. This is the University of California, Santa Barbara, and there is no other campus quite like it.

But there is serious work being done here. Pioneering research is a critical component of the highest quality education, and UCSB’s faculty includes six Nobel Prize winners (five in the sciences and engineering), a winner of the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize, scores of elected members of national and international academies and societies as well as dozens of winners of Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. Our campus fosters a uniquely successful interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial culture, and our faculty’s research is among the most cited by their peers, evidence of the significance and relevance of their work.

The campus is one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. In its 2013 ranking of the world’s top 500 universities, Leiden University ranked UCSB number 2 in terms of impact in the field of the sciences, and in the U.S. News and World Report's 2016 “Best Colleges” guide, the most widely read college guide in the country, UCSB was ranked number 8 among all public universities.

The College of Engineering boasts 26 Interdisciplinary Research Centers, and the campus is home to 11 national institutes and centers. Among these are the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Materials Research Laboratory (both funded by the National Science Foundation), and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (funded by the U.S. Army). The campus is also home to the California NanoSystems Institute, one of the first California Institutes for Science and Innovation. A research partnership with UCLA, the institute is creating revolutionary new materials, devices and systems that will enhance virtually every aspect of our lives.

Within this community of scholars, the life of the mind, the pursuit of knowledge, and the experience of growth, both personal and intellectual, are the hallmarks of daily life. It is our goal at UC Santa Barbara to introduce students to novel ways of thinking, learning, and conducting research. We want to educate and foster the next generation of engineering and science leaders to discover and apply breakthroughs in knowledge and technology. Beauty and brains. Breakthrough research. A focus on applying our discoveries to business and industry. A start-up attitude. This is what UC Santa Barbara is about.