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09-25-2007, 01:07 AM
Faculty Opportunities in the Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Science
and Mechanics

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Tech
seeks applications for three tenured or tenure-track faculty colleagues. The
ideal candidates are expected to interface mechanics with the domain of
biology (e.g., but not limited to human or organismal biomechanics; cellular
mechanics, soft tissue mechanics, macro-molecular biology, biodynamics,
biofluids, cognitive dynamics); nanobiotechnology (e.g., but not limited to
mechanics of self- assembly, nanobiocomposites, functional nanodevices); or
the domain of energy, with an emphasis on biological principles (e.g., but
not limited to fuel cells, renewable energy, energy conversion, clean
energy, energy storage). We are particularly interested in candidates who
have a broad understanding of biological and biomedical dynamical systems.
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 as a member of 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 2004 review by a blue-ribbon panel
consisting of four NAE members 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-four faculty members who support
roughly 80 doctoral students and have research expenditures above $6M. The
ESM undergraduate program was recently ranked as eighth best in the nation.
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 071011and 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, 2007, and will continue until all
positions are 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.