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    The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Tech
    seeks applications for one tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant
    Professor rank. The ideal candidate is expected to conduct innovative
    research in one or more fields of experimental mechanics including dynamics,
    solid mechanics, or fluid mechanics. Most importantly, ESM faculty members
    are expected to demonstrate a broad scholarly interest in engineering with a
    special emphasis on fundamental mechanics.

    A doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant area of science or engineering
    is required. Interest in developing or interfacing experimental mechanics
    measurements and analysis procedures within the domain of energy (e.g., fuel
    cells, renewable energy, energy conversion, clean energy, or energy storage)
    or biology (e.g., cellular mechanics, soft tissue mechanics, macromolecular
    biology, biodynamics, or biofluids) is an asset. Senior applicants must have
    a distinguished scholarly record with international visibility. Prior
    experience working as part of multidisciplinary team is desirable, since
    such research is highly valued in ESM.

    The ESM department ( ) has
    twenty-five faculty members with annual research expenditures of more than
    $6M, used to support more than 80 Ph.D. students in our graduate program.
    Our faculty members work closely with the School of Biomedical Engineering
    and Sciences ( ), the
    Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (
    ), and the Institute for Critical Technologies and
    Applied Sciences ( ). ICTAS is
    home to the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory a new
    facility equipped with more than $10 million in highly specialized
    equipment. Faculty members will also have the potential to develop
    productive collaborations with industrial partners through new state
    initiatives such as the advanced propulsion and advanced manufacturing
    centers being developed in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Corporation.
    Additional information about Virginia Tech (
    ), the College of Engineering ( ),
    and the town of Blacksburg (
    ) is available online.

    Applicants should apply at to
    posting number 081061 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 November 15, 2008, 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, veterans,
    and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring
    accommodations in the application process should notify Anne-Marie Bracken,, 540-231-3243. 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.

    Michael Madigan, PhD
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University