Assistant Professor position in fluid mechanics – Lehigh University

The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in fluid mechanics to start Fall 2023. The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree by the date of hire in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or a closely related field, with a strong background in theoretical/computational aspects in one or more areas of fluid mechanics. The Department is strategically investing in the areas of physics-based machine learning model development or high-fidelity computational techniques, with an emphasis on applications such as: renewable energy, aerospace, and/or biological flows.

Multidisciplinary research programs are an important priority at Lehigh University, and include strong interactions with government agencies, industry, and existing interdisciplinary research institutes (IRIs) on campus. The Lehigh Institute for Cyber-Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE) and the Lehigh Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation (I-DISC) offer opportunities for candidates who have synergistic research areas. The candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous research program consistent with Lehigh’s reputation as a prominent research and educational institution, and to maintain a strong commitment to teaching graduate and undergraduate students in an inclusive learning environment.

Department faculty members maintain dynamic research programs in a variety of areas, including sustainable energy, engineering for health, materials discovery, controls and robotics, bio-inspired engineering, and design of high-performance systems. Annual research expenditures for our faculty currently exceed $5.6 million. Several of our early-career faculty have won one or more young investigator awards from NSF, ARO, AFOSR, and ONR. In addition, our faculty have received numerous awards in recognition of their accomplishments from professional societies (AIAA, APS, ASME) and several federal agencies.

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University is located in the historic city of Bethlehem, PA, in the rapidly growing Lehigh Valley metropolitan area. The Lehigh Valley, with a population over 820,000, is located approximately 1 hour north of Philadelphia and 1.5 hours west of New York City. The University has a current enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students and is planning to increase these enrollments in the next few years. Lehigh is investing substantially in new innovative research and academic programs to enhance its intellectual footprint, including into its new College of Health. These investments, based on initiatives driven by its 550 full-time faculty members, will advance the University’s commitment to research and to enhance student experiences.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We specifically encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities. Applications should be submitted online by December 1, 2022 to be assured of full consideration. Candidates should provide the following:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a research statement (up to 6 pages)
  • a teaching statement (up to 2 pages)
  • a diversity statement (up to 2 pages) describing the candidates prior experiences in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) arena with a vision for how to contribute to DEI efforts at Lehigh University
  • full contact details for 3 professional references

Any inquiries regarding this search should be directed to Barbara McGuire (

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available here. Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found here. Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for spouses/partners of newly hired faculty

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