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MEAM Open Faculty Positions

Full-Time Lecturer

THE DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND APPLIED MECHANICS at the UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA invites applications for a one-year-long full-time position at the rank of Lecturer to begin in August 2016. The position is renewable depending on future teaching needs, availability of funds, and performance. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, as well as a strong commitment to outstanding teaching and advising of students at the undergraduate and Master’s level. We particularly seek candidates with teaching, research, and/or practical experience in mechanical design, mechatronics, robotics, and experimentation.

The anticipated teaching load will be four courses per year. The Lecturer’s main responsibility will be high quality student-centered teaching, including course preparation, delivery, and assessment. The Lecturer will also participate in the academic advising of students, and will be given the opportunity to participate in departmental, university, and external service to foster their professional development.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics offers a high quality, rigorous, practice-integrated undergraduate academic program that ranks in the top 20 undergraduate Mechanical Engineering programs in the U.S. Students are of exceptionally high caliber with diverse backgrounds, and are highly successful in subsequent careers in industry, entrepreneurship, government, and academia. We also offer high quality graduate programs at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels. Penn Engineering is part of the University of Pennsylvania – a private, Ivy League school founded by Benjamin Franklin over 250 years ago. Situated on a vibrant, compact urban campus, Penn actively fosters the integration of knowledge through a focus on impact, innovation, and inclusion.

Apply here: http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/894
Application deadline: Friday, July 15, 2016

Educational Laboratory Coordinator

The primary responsibilities are to oversee and manage the instructional laboratory facilities of the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department (MEAM), to collaborate with faculty and staff on lab course development, and support lab-based and hands-on instruction (e.g., lab experiments, design projects, lecture demonstrations). The specific duties include: (1) develop, implement, and oversee safety standards and procedures in the MEAM Instructional Labs. (2) Independently supervise, troubleshoot, and maintain educational laboratories, experimental apparatus, electronic test equipment, 3D printers, and rapid prototyping equipment. (3) Oversee the setup of labs and equipment for specific course activities. (4) Manage and coordinate card swipe access to instructional labs. (5) Arrange for the purchase of equipment, services, and laboratory supplies, maintaining appropriate inventories to support the MEAM curriculum. (6) Assist faculty, staff, and students on the design and fabrication of academic, research, and extracurricular projects. (7) Oversee training of users in safe, efficient use of laboratory instruments and machinery. (8) Assist the shop manager in overseeing the planning and execution of laboratory renovations/upgrades. (9) Assist the department faculty with grant/funding proposals to further develop the MEAM educational laboratories. (10) Generate budgetary quotes and costing reports to the respective clients and business offices.  (11) Keep accurate and up-to-date accounting of facilities and work closely with our business offices to maintain the fiscal health of the laboratory facilities.  A significant fraction of the responsibilities will be conducted by management of student assistants. 

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field and 3 years to 7 years of relevant experience is required.  Previous experience working with manufacturing and design required; experience in additive and advanced manufacturing methods preferred. Also required are the following: strong knowledge of engineering principles; ability to interpret complex information and explain in simple terms; ability to direct and assist students in laboratory experiments; ability to effectively manage student workers/teaching assistants in laboratory coordination and advanced manufacturing services; excellent communication skills both written and verbal; strong interpersonal skills; ability to interact with a diverse population including people in a range of positions from students to faculty; ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment; good accounting and computer skills.

Apply Here: http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/18915

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Further information about the Department is available at http://www.me.upenn.edu. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.