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Non-tenure track Positions in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer 2023

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time lecturer to begin in August 2023. The appointment will be at the rank of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, depending on experience. We particularly seek candidates with teaching, research, and/or industry experience that can be applied to instruction in design, hands-on manufacturing, CAD, instructional laboratory, and design project courses.

The anticipated teaching load is two courses per semester for a total of four courses per academic year. The main responsibility will be high-quality, student-centered undergraduate teaching, including course preparation, delivery, and assessment. Lecturers also contribute to academic advising of students and participate in departmental, university, and external service. Depending on academic needs, Lecturers and Senior Lecturers may have the opportunity to earn additional compensation by teaching during the summer term.

Apply now: MEAM Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Application

Lecturer Position in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics within the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at the University of Pennsylvania seeks outstanding applicants for a lecturer position to teach courses in robotics and autonomous systems. Applicants who can teach core robotics courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in the areas of robot design, development, analysis, control, perception, mapping, and learning are encouraged to apply. Appointments may be at Senior Lecturer or Lecturer rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments. This position is non-tenure track.

Candidates must have a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education in robotics, autonomous systems, and mechanical engineering or related fields, and a strong commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion. The Department maintains close collaborations with all other engineering departments in SEAS and other Schools at Penn including the School of Arts and Sciences, the Perelman School of Medicine, the Wharton School of Business, and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design.  The Department has strong interactions with leading centers including the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, the Penn Institute for Computational Science (PICS), and the Penn Center for Health, Devices & Technology.

Applicants should hold a PhD in an engineering discipline related to robotics and autonomous systems. Applications must be submitted online and should include a cover letter (up to 2 pages), Curriculum Vitae, teaching statement (up to 2 pages), a diversity statement, and names and contact information of 3 references.  Review of applications will begin on December 31, 2022, thus applicants should apply by this date for full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The online application is available at the link below.

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.

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Apply Now: MEAM Lecturer Application


Postdoctoral Positions

There are no open positions at this time.

Staff Positions

Graduate Academic Coordinator

The Academic Coordinator will provide information about the program to prospective students and work with students enrolled in the master’s program. Advise students and serve as the point person for the master’s advising infrastructure; assist with the preparation/maintenance of the master’s curriculum; coordinate application review; create and maintain the course planning guides and conduct graduation audits; maintain records and data for the Master’s program; and manage graduate course waitlists. Collaborate with MEAM and SEAS staff on program advertisement and program recruitment, career development and placement opportunities, and explore updates to the Master’s program in collaboration with the MEAM faculty.  Provide administrative support for the department graduate seminar series and work with the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs to support the PhD program, as needed.

Apply now: Graduate Academic Coordinator

Academic Coordinator

The Academic Coordinator will support activities in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) department and the Engineering Entrepreneurship (EENT) Program, which is based within the MEAM department. The Academic Coordinator will work closely with the faculty of the EENT Program to support academic and outreach aspects of the Program including: providing administrative support to EENT courses; handling course registration and waitlists; handling the EENT Minor and Graduate Certificate programs; updating Program websites; and facilitating alumni relations. The Coordinator will also work closely with the MEAM Department Chair and Director to coordinate outreach activities to MEAM alumni and industry and provide academic program support.

Apply now: Academic Coordinator (EENT)

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