Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure-track) - Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Computer and Data Science
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
The Case School of Engineering (CSE) is seeking qualified candidates to fill a faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor jointly appointed in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and Computer and Data Science (CDS). This is a tenured/tenure-track position and the goal is that this jointly appointed individual will catalyze collaborative research and education, providing momentum for new and emerging joint activities.
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) recognizes current trends present unique opportunities for impact on research and educational priorities that require new approaches to higher education beyond established department structures. In particular, the National Academy of Engineering has identified fourteen societal grand challenges that fall into four cross-cutting categories: sustainability, health, security, and joy of living. To address these grand challenges, we will need to advance the theory, practice, and application of computer systems; discover new computational algorithms, and statistical methods to manage, analyze, and visualize data; and gain an understanding of the multi-scale structure and properties of materials that underpin and control their performance. Therefore, the convergence of Materials Science and Computer and Data Science is necessary to engineer positive societal advancement; both in the direct impact of research efforts and for the training and education of data-literate scientists and engineers.
Computer, Data, and Materials Sciences are at the heart of all modern engineered technologies, and thus the possible list of novel research thrusts is vast. For this position, we are interested in discussing opportunities with candidates who are interested in advancing computer and data science to accommodate the data complexities that arise in materials science. These interests could include data systems for multi-dimensional data streams that evolve over time; automated data curation from unreliable or human-centric (natural language processing) sources; or visualization and extraction of metrics from 1D (spectra), 2D (micrographs), 3D (tomography), and 4D (time-variant) data streams. Materials science data streams could arise from particular challenges of harnessing the data revolution to enable in-line manufacturing and/or lifetime and degradation performance; by advancing techniques of material-state evolution-centric manufacturing; inverse design; physics-informed processing-microstructure-property machine learning modeling; and uncertainty propagation and outlier identification.
Responsibilities and Duties:
As the position is a joint hire, the applicant would have full rights within each department and shared research, teaching, and service commitments. The candidate will be provided mentoring, facilities, and support from both departments.
Research/Scholarship: The candidate’s scholarly research should advance the state of the art in materials science and in computer and data sciences. Responsibilities include working with collaborators to fund research from government, industrial, and foundational grant programs, and the dissemination of findings in avenues relevant to both fields.
Teaching: The position will require that individuals teach three courses per year between the CDS and MSE departments. The individual should be comfortable with teaching fundamental courses in either department and creating specialized advanced graduate courses that draw on both fields. This does not mean that all courses will have to contain content from each discipline; rather, that all courses will provide learning experiences and insight useful for students in both disciplines.
Mentoring: The position will require that the individual advise undergraduate and graduate students in their programs of study within the CDS and MSE Departments,. The individual will work closely with peers in the CDS and MSE Departments to develop cross-functional courses and projects.
Candidates at the Assistant Professor level are required to have received a Ph.D. from an accredited University in Computer Science, Data Science, Material Science and Engineering, or a related discipline; should have demonstrated a record of research and scholarship demonstrating impact in both data science and material science, and show a vision of research and teaching excellence at their convergence; additionally candidates should have experience working with diverse student populations.
An appointment at the level of Associate Professor, in addition, will require evidence of a national reputation for research expertise, a distinguished record of publication, funded research, and successfully applied pedagogies for mentoring researchers and educating individuals from historically excluded and diverse perspectives; providing access to higher education for all.
How to Apply:
Review of applications will begin on October 15 and continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of application, complete vitae, a list of three potential references, and statements of research, teaching, and diversity.
The research statement should provide the committee a clear understanding of the applicant’s plans for future research programs and where they might search for funding.
The teaching statement should provide insight into the applicant’s philosophy for enriching the learning of emerging scholars both in and out of the formal classroom.
The diversity statement should provide a clear record of applicants’ past (if applicable) and proposed efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion of historically excluded individuals in their teaching, research, and service.
Each statement should be no more than two pages.
The full application packet should be sent via email as a single pdf document to:
Simone Quartell Administrative Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering [email protected]
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216.368.3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Case Western Reserve University is the largest private research university in Ohio, with broadly based strengths in:
medicine, nursing, and dentistry;
humanities and social sciences;
mathematics and natural sciences;
CWRU is committed to achieving excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.
CWRU was established in 1967 by the federation of Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology, which trace their origins to 1826 and 1880, respectively.
The University's 128-acre campus is the heart of Cleveland's University Circle -- the region's cultural hub, home of more than 50 cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions. University students and faculty participate in joint programs of teaching and research with several of their University Circle neighbors, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Play House, and the Cleveland Orchestra.
The academic programs of Case Western Reserve University are administered through its schools and colleges: -- the College of Arts and Sciences, Case School of Engineering , Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, School of Dentistry, School of Graduate Studies, School of Law, Weatherhead School of Management, School of Medicine, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
CWRU ranks 12th among the nation's private research universities in federal awards to support research and development. It received more than $200 million in 1998-99 from government, industry, and private sources for research and sponsored projects. These funds support approximately 2,000 research and training projects.
University faculty work through one of the nearly 100 designated research centers and laboratories, many of which are interdisciplinary in nature, in addition to traditional departmental facilities.
Research strengths of the University include biomedicine (including cancer, neurobiology, pulmonary functions, genetics, biomedical engineering); materials (ceramics and composites, polymers, diamond, designed surfaces); sensors (industrial and medical); and interdisciplinary studies (aging, management of non-profit organizations, international health, intelligent systems, regional economics, technology management, and urban poverty).
CWRU enrolls 9,600 students -- about a third in undergraduate programs, and the balance in graduate and professional programs. Approximately two-thirds of all students attend full-time. Students come to CWRU from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and nearly 100 countries. About 70 percent of freshmen are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes; nearly 90 percent are in the top 20 percent.