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Assistant or Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Faculty, School of Engineering

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This is an exciting time to be a part of the Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department (MANE). MANE is undergoing unprecedented growth across all three disciplines with a dynamic cadre of recent faculty hires. Faculty have access to world-class research facilities and an atmosphere that promotes interdisciplinary collaborations. Our research addresses some of the world’s most pressing technological challenges—from energy and sustainable development to materials, manufacturing, controls, adaptive and resilient systems, biotechnology, and human health. Approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students are currently enrolled in MANE.

MANE strives to be a welcoming and inclusive community in which all members – faculty, students, and staff – feel a sense of belonging and can thrive in their roles. We value diversity, which broadens our perspectives and enriches our research and teaching activities.

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Job Summary

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) at RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE in Troy, NY, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Mechanical Engineering. Applications will be considered at the Assistant or early Associate Professor levels.

We welcome candidates that will bring additional dimensions to MANE’s research and teaching mission. We are especially interested in applicants working in the area of robotics.  

Candidates must possess an earned Ph.D. or foreign degree equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field. The successful candidate must also be able to demonstrate the potential to carry out the following duties: develop and maintain an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary program of funded research in Mechanical Engineering, to actively contribute to the core graduate and undergraduate teaching mission of MANE, and engage in department, institute, and professional service activities.

Starting Salary/Rate

Expected hiring range:

  • Assistant Professor $95,000-$120,000
  • Associate Professor $110,000-$142,000. 

Pay transparency disclosure: The selected candidate’s salary will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education and other job-related credentials. This hiring range is provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

Application instructions

Follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief online profile and contact information for four (4) professional references. Please be ready to upload the following:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • research statement including future research plans
  • statement of teaching activities and interests

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately. The search will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact

Total Compensation and Benefits Information

Rensselaer’s Total Compensation Program is designed to provide stable pay growth, a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and a comprehensive and affordable retiree medical and prescription plan. Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits program. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a comprehensive health and welfare program as an umbrella of financial security and protection during your employment. For more information, please visit Benefits | Human Resources (

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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