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mmadigan11
10-19-2006, 01:13 AM
The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Tech
seeks applications for two tenured or tenure-track faculty colleagues. The
ideal candidates are expected to interface mechanics with the domain of
biology (cellular mechanics, soft tissue biomechanics, macro-molecular
biology, biodynamics, biofluids); the domains of nanotechnology or
nanobiotechnology (mechanics of self- assembly, nanocomposites, functional
nanodevices, biological and biomedical applications); or the domain of
energy, with an emphasis on nanoscale and microscale problems or biological
principles (fuel cells, renewable energy, energy conversion, clean energy,
energy storage). However, intellectual depth is more important than the
specific area of specialization, since ESM faculty members are expected to
have a broad scholarly interest in engineering with a special emphasis on
the fundamental mechanics.

A doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant area of science or engineering
is required. Senior applicants must have a distinguished scholarly record
with international visibility. Prior experience working within a
multidisciplinary team is desirable, since such research is highly valued in
ESM. A large number of faculty members from other departments are affiliated
with ESM. Our faculty members work closely with the School of Biomedical
Engineering and Sciences ( www.sbes.vt.edu),
the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (
www.mii.vt.edu), and the Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied
Sciences ( www.ictas.vt.edu). Virginia Tech
is also home to System X, a world-class terascale computing facility (
www.tcf.vt.edu).

Further information about ESM, one of the few departments of its kind in the
US, can be found at www.esm.vt.edu. The
department has a distinguished history. A recent review by a blue-ribbon
panel concluded that ESM has a "longstanding record of excellence as a key
element of the College of Engineering with national visibility". The
department has twenty-five faculty members who support roughly 80 doctoral
students and have research expenditures of above $6M. More information about
Virginia Tech is available on the web at
www.vt.edu, about the College at
www.eng.vt.edu, and about the town of Blacksburg at
www.blacksburg.va.us.

Please apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu to
posting number 061183 and include a resume, a letter addressing the above
requirements, and the names of at least five references. The initial review
of applications will begin December 1, 2006, and will continue until the
position is filled.

Virginia Tech is committed to the principle of diversity and seeks a broad
and diverse spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people
with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in
the application process should notify the department head, Professor Ishwar
K. Puri (esmhead@vt.edu). Virginia Tech is a recipient of a National Science
Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the
participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.