Job Title: Tenure-Track Position in Solid Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics

Location of Position: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Employing Institution: Lehigh University

Description of Position: 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 in solid mechanics. 

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 ideal candidate’s research area must be synergistic with research thrusts in the Lehigh Institute for Functional Materials and Devices (I-FMD) and/or research thrusts in the Lehigh Institute for Cyber-Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE). The candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous research program consistent with Lehigh’s reputation as prominent research and educational institution, as well as maintain a strong commitment to teaching graduate and undergraduate students in an inclusive learning environment. Department faculty members maintain outstanding international reputations in a variety of areas, including controls and robotics, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermo-heat transfer, biomechanics, and mathematical methods. 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 (ASME, AIAA, APS) and several federal agencies.

Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA, in the rapidly growing Lehigh Valley metropolitan area. The Lehigh Valley, with a population of over 800,000, 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 faculty-driven initiatives, will advance the University’s commitment to research and to enhance student experiences.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a related field, with a strong background in experimental or theoretical/computational aspects in one or more areas of solid mechanics, including, but not limited to: micro/nano‐scale solid mechanics, soft-matter mechanics, soft-robotics, mechanics of materials for renewable marine or wind energy applications, energy production/storage, and additive manufacturing.

Application Procedure: 

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 at by January 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)
  • full contact details for 3 professional references
  • a diversity statement (up to 2 pages) describing the candidate’s prior experiences in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) arena with a vision for how to contribute to DEI efforts at Lehigh University

Contact Information: Any inquiries regarding this search should be directed to Barbara McGuire ([email protected]).


Closing Date: 1/1/2022