MFD Job Openings

Current Openings

Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is seeking applications for a teaching position (Lecturer) to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of Chemical Engineering.  This is a full- time, benefits eligible faculty position on the non-tenure track.  The USC Viterbi School is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women, persons from underrepresented minority groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We are interested in exceptional candidates at all levels.

Competitive candidates will have the training and experience necessary to teach effectively in a highly ranked Chemical Engineering department that advances undergraduate students through an accredited BS degree program and graduate students enrolled in MS and PhD programs.  While we are interested in candidates with backgrounds in all areas of Chemical Engineering, we are particularly interested in candidates with a solid background in Thermodynamics, Fluid Flow and Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Transport Phenomena, Separation Processes, Laboratories for Unit Operations Process Dynamics and Controls, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chemical Plant Design, Process Dynamics and Control. 

The position is available August 16, 2019.  This is primarily a teaching position; all candidates are expected to have a strong commitment to teaching. Lecturers spend the majority of time on teaching and teaching-related duties, with reduced obligation for research and University service. Qualified candidates should have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field.   While we seek applications at the level of Lecturer, in exceptional cases, applicants with significant teaching experience may also be considered for a commensurate higher level (e.g., Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor of the Practice, Professor of the Practice).

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter describing applicant’s background, area(s) of specialization and teaching experience;
  • Detailed curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of teaching interests and philosophy;
  • Contact information for at least three professional references, at least two of whom must be familiar with, and able to comment on, applicant’s teaching experience;
  • Applicants may optionally include a research statement;
  • Applicants are encouraged to include a statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion.

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by December 10, 2018. 

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Chair of the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair.  The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women, underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 

Competitive candidates will have an outstanding record of scholarly and technical achievements, a strong commitment to engineering education, effective management and interpersonal skills, and must be eligible for appointment at the full professor level.  A Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Petroleum Engineering, or a related field, is required.  

We seek visionary individuals who will lead the department into the 2020s and guide the further development of our research and educational missions while maintaining their own strong, externally funded, research program.  The position of Chair includes administrative responsibilities and requires active engagement with leadership at the School and University.

The chair position is available starting July 1, 2019.  Candidates should apply at USC Careers.  Applications should include: 

  • A cover letter describing technical qualifications, thoughts on leadership, and vision of the fields moving forward; 
  • A curriculum vitae detailing educational background, research accomplishments and work experience;
  • A statement of current and future research; 
  • A statement of teaching interests and philosophy; 
  • Contact information for at least four professional references; and 
  • A statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion.  

To receive full consideration, all materials should be received by January 2, 2019, but earlier application is encouraged.  All application material will be held in the strictest confidence.  Inquiries should be directed to the Search Committee Chair at the following email address: mfd-chair-search@sipi.usc.edu.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is among the top tier engineering schools in the world.  It counts 189 full-time tenure-track faculty members, 75 full-time teaching faculty, and 44 full-time research faculty.  It is home to the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, a Department of Energy EFRC (Energy Frontiers Research Center), and the Department of Homeland Security’s first University Center of Excellence, CREATE.  The school is affiliated with the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.  As detailed on the website, there are several active research centers at the Mork Family Department.  Research expenditures typically exceed $200 million annually.  Recently, the School was awarded the ASEE President’s Award for its continuing efforts to “change the conversation” about engineering and develop a robust and diverse engineering pipeline nationally.

USC is committed to a vibrant and healthy work environment, being consistently honored as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.  In addition to health, vision, and dental plans for employees, spouses/partners, and dependents, USC also provides services such as the Center for Work and Family Life, access to child care, and the Mindfulness program, as well as cultural events such as Visions and Voices.  Deeply connected to the surrounding community, USC partners with local initiatives and encourages faculty to participate through programs such as Good Neighbors and CS@SC.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. The Viterbi School of Engineering at USC is committed to enabling the success of dual career families and fosters a family-friendly environment.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. We seek outstanding faculty candidates in all areas of chemical engineering, with an emphasis in soft matter. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women, underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The position is available starting August 16, 2019. Candidates should apply at USC Careers. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D., or equivalent degree, by the beginning of the appointment. Applications should include: a cover letter; curriculum vitae detailing educational background, research accomplishments, and work experience; a research plan; a teaching and service plan; and names of at least three professional references. Applicants are encouraged to include a statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. In order to receive full consideration, all materials should be received by December 7, 2018, but earlier application is encouraged.

Postdoctoral Position

A postdoctoral opportunity is currently available in machine learning with application to dynamic subsurface imaging in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Individuals with a Ph.D. computer science, electrical engineering, or applied math are particularly encouraged to apply.  Applicants with a strong mathematical background who completed their Ph.D. in other engineering disciplines will also be considered.

Interested applicants should apply at USC Careers and submit a CV including publication list and a statement of research interests. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six (6) months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to football, basketball and other campus events.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.