Job opening: Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty Position in MSE

Posted November 6, 2023

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate Professor position in Materials Science and Engineering with expertise and potential in the broad area of bulk/thin film metallic materials. Example research foci and applications include nanoelectronics device wiring, packaging and integration, energy generation (e.g., nuclear, thermoelectric, wind, solar) and storage (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors), light-weight high-strength structures, alloy design, microstructure development, additive manufacturing, and environmental degradation. We will also consider exceptional candidates from other related areas. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering or a related field. The successful candidate must also demonstrate the potential and zest to develop and maintain an internationally recognized funded research program, actively contribute to the core graduate and undergraduate teaching mission of the department and the school, and engage in department, institute, and professional service activities.

The MSE Department boasts multiple world leaders in diverse fields of materials science, including electronic materials, glass science, nanotechnology, biomaterials, computational materials science, and materials informatics. Faculty have access to world-class research facilities and an atmosphere that promotes interdisciplinary collaborations across many departments. The Center for Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems provides a complete set of centrally managed materials characterization facilities as well as an extensive clean room for device fabrication and characterization. The New York State Center for Future Energy Systems conducts fundamental and applied research to accelerate the development of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies. The Center for Computational Innovation and the Scientific Computation Research Center house one of the most powerful computers for AI applications - the Artificial Intelligence Multiprocessing Optimized System (AiMOS). The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Center for Engineering and Precision Medicine are engaged in both fundamental and translational biomedical research. The Future of Computing Institute and the Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center provide new and exciting opportunities to manipulate and experience data and cognitive computing.

Founded in 1824, RPI is America’s first technological research university. RPI faculty and alumni include 85 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 8 members of the National Academy of Medicine, 8 members of the National Academy of Inventors, and 5 members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, as well as 6 National Medal of Technology winners, 5 National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With 7,000 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni, RPI is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world.

RPI is located near the beautiful confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers in Troy, New York. Under the visionary leadership of President Marty Schmidt and Provost Rebecca Doerge, RPI is poised for transformative growth and innovation. With RPI’s engagement, the City of Troy is undergoing buoyant commercial and cultural resurgence. Beyond Troy are the vibrant urban areas of the greater Capital Region, including Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga—as well as the beautiful wilderness of the Adirondack region.

Application Instructions: Please submit the following materials via Rensselaer's Online Hiring Portal:

  1. Cover letter,
  2. Curriculum vitae,
  3. Research vision, projects and plans (up to 3 pages),
  4. Teaching and mentoring statement,
  5. Diversity statement, and
  6. Email addresses and phone contact information of at least four referees.

Applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2023. The search will continue until the position is filled.

For more information about MSE, visit: Questions regarding the position can be directed to Prof. Ganpati Ramanath, Chair of the search committee via email at, or via telephone at +1 (518) 495-3011.

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.

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