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Open Rank Professor - Mechanical Engineering

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Work type: Academic Faculty, Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden, CO
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Mechanical Engineering


Position Title 
Open Rank Professor - Mechanical Engineering
The Opportunity

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a Tenure-Track or Tenured Professor of any rank (Assistant, Associate, or Full) to begin as early as Fall, 2023. While all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, the Department is particularly interested in candidates with experimental research expertise in the broad area of renewable fuels, combustion, engines, and energy storage and conversion. The candidate will be expected to play a leading role in a new initiative at Mines to explore renewable, carbon-neutral fuels (e.g., ammonia, hydrogen, biofuels, and synthetic fuels) and their reaction in combustion engines and other energy conversion devices. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to submissions received by March 10, 2023.  For further information, please contact the search chair, Dr. Jason Porter, at 

  • Develop a strong, visible, and externally funded research program that leads to high-quality scholarly publications.  
  • Play a leading role in a newly funded initiative in experimental research and development for carbon neutral fuels, combustion engines, and energy conversion. 
  • Develop and deliver high-quality instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in Mechanical Engineering.  
  • Supervise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. 
  • Cultivate and promote an inclusive and diverse Mines community through recruiting, mentoring, and service. 
  • Contribute to the Department, University, and professional communities through active professional service.  
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline from an accredited program by the time the appointment begins. 
  • Scholarly activity and potential for research excellence in the broad area of carbon-neutral /renewable fuels and their reaction in combustion engines and other energy conversion devices with experience in experimental research and development. 
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, course development, and student mentoring in Mechanical Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 
  • Commitment to implement best practices in diversity, inclusion, and accessibility to create research and learning environments where all can succeed. 
  • Assistant Professor candidates must demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. 
  • Associate and Full Professor candidates must have an established and currently funded research program with clear potential for continuance, and a proven track record of success in teaching, research, and service. In addition, Full Professor candidates should have an established international reputation.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Research experience and accomplishments beyond a graduate degree program, in academic, research lab, and/or industry, as demonstrated by publication record. 
  • Demonstrated experience in securing external research funding. 
  • Demonstrated teaching ability at the university level. 
  • Prior experience mentoring students in research.  
  • Demonstrated ability for collaborative research, especially in cross-disciplinary teams. 
About the Department, Mines & Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines, Colorado's oldest public university, premier engineering university, and an R1 institution, is located in Golden, Colorado: a picturesque gold rush-era town nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of Denver and 21 miles south of Boulder. The University provides a high quality of life for faculty, who take advantage of ample outdoor opportunities and proximity to Denver, as well as programs at the University and Department to support faculty, including generous faculty benefits, health and wellness programs, and an upcoming Early Childhood Development Center to support campus community members and their families.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is focused on education and both basic and applied research that addresses problems of national interest in the areas of thermal-fluid systems, systems/operations engineering, advanced manufacturing, biomechanics, robotics and automation, and solid mechanics and materials. Our undergraduate enrollment in Mechanical Engineering is 1,607, with approximately 24.2% women and 11.8% underrepresented students. We pride ourselves on a strong project-based spine of undergraduate courses that apply theoretical knowledge and engineering skills in classroom activities and team projects. The ME Department currently has 27 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 14 teaching faculty, 4 professors of practice, and 7 research faculty. We maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$12M in annual research awards) with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Approximately 170 graduate students (17.5% women, 14.6% underrepresented) study within a broad research portfolio. Major specialty programs for undergraduate and graduate students include robotics, automotive engineering, biomechanics, aerospace engineering, energy systems and systems engineering/operations research. More information can be found at and

Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. The 2022 U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best National Universities ranks Mines as the top-ranked university in Colorado, and 33rd in the category of Top Public Schools. In 2022 Mines was ranked 3rd on the list of best engineering colleges by Money Magazine. The school’s proximity to Denver and Boulder provides opportunities for significant collaboration with federal labs (NREL, NIST), industry, and other universities.

Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability, and teamwork focus. Our graduates are in great demand and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. Campus-wide initiatives, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, support best practices for teaching and learning on campus. Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to Earth, Energy, and the Environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission. By our examples and by our encouragement we foster these values throughout our community and among our students, to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

Mines is offering an academic year salary of: 

Assistant Professor: $98,000 - $102,000
Associate Professor: $102,000 - $136,000
Professor: $141,000 - $181,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards
Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes fully paid medical and dental premiums, as well as vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and leading edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information of three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested, and veteran status) and upload the following:

  1. cover letter briefly describing interest in and qualifications for the position
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of research experience and interests (max 3 pages)
  4. statement of teaching, with a description of experience in active learning and online education
  5. statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines 

Research Statement: Candidates should describe their vision for a successful, externally funded research program, articulating a compelling vision for work that connects to and expands ongoing work at Mines to address national priorities in sustainable energy solutions. The candidate should describe their research’s expected impact and its relevance to Mines’ goals (e.g., Earth, energy, and environment). The statement should cover both the candidate's history of successful research and their plans for future research at Mines, as well as their plans for obtaining external funding to support future research.

Teaching Statement: Mines and the ME Department pride ourselves on strong, project-based course offerings that apply theoretical knowledge and engineering skills in classroom activities. Candidates should describe their pedagogical approach, how it reflects best practices in STEM education, and describe any teaching qualifications, including previous experience.

Contributions to Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Statement: Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (for more information visit The diversity and inclusion statement should describe your experience and should propose concrete research, teaching, and/or service activities that will advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines and beyond. Candidates are strongly encouraged to connect their proposed activities to best practices.

For questions about this opportunity, contact Kathleen Feighny, Human Resources, at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to submissions received by March 10, 2023

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