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Employment Opportunities

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of New Mexico invites applications for the position of Department Chair, with a start in the Summer of 2024. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader who can guide the department to a higher level of excellence. The successful candidate is expected to develop and implement a strategic vision for the department that fosters innovation and growth in both research and education, aligning with the plans of School and University. The Chair will be required to lead the department with transparency, collegiality, and a dedicated commitment to diversity. A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a related field is required with expertise in areas, such as (but not limited to) renewable energy, aerospace engineering, intelligent manufacturing, cyber-physical systems, mechatronics, fluid, thermal, solid mechanics, and bioengineering.

The applicant should have a recognized stature in mechanical engineering and an outstanding record in funded research, teaching, and service commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor. An ideal candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to collaborative leadership and a strong track record of impactful research and excellence in teaching. Additionally, the candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities. Prior administrative experience is desirable.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education offering BS (ABET accredited), MS, and PhD degree programs. A team of 15 full-time faculty, several research and part-time faculty, three technical staff, and five professional staff support the activities of over 500 undergraduate students and more than 100 graduate students.

Our research, educational, and outreach programs are enhanced through participation in interdisciplinary programs and research centers on campus and through strong ties and collaborations with the neighboring national laboratories (Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Air Force Research Laboratory). UNM also provides an excellent entrepreneurial ecosystem to translate intellectual property to business.

For best consideration, applicants must submit an application to UNMjobs (req#27931) that includes a cover letter, leadership vision statement, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, statement on diversity and inclusion, and contact information for 3-5 references. The best consideration date is February 5, 2024.

Why New Mexico? You are welcome here

The University of New Mexico is the only Carnegie-classified R1 university in the state and is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution. New Mexico is a majority minority state with a long and rich cultural heritage that prioritizes advancement, equity and accessibility. In the 2023 legislative session, key bills passed included establishing the Native American Voting Rights Act and expanding protections offered under the Human Rights Act. The legislature also affirmed that all New Mexicans have protected access to reproductive and gender-affirming care. The Land of Enchantment continues to welcome all who wish to call it home.