Professor, Nano-Aerosol Technology
Kennesaw State University - Richmond, VA

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Endowed Chair Professorship

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for an endowed professorship in experimental nanoaerosol science and technology. Qualified applicants should hold the rank of full professor or be eligible for promotion to full professor in the near future.

Applicants must possess a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline and demonstrate the ability to teach Mechanical Engineering courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. While candidates with experience in different areas of aerosol science and technology will be considered, preference will be given to those with a focus on nanoaerosol technology and experience in one or more of the following areas: 1) biotransport of inhaled nanoaerosols; 2) particle engineering and functionalization for drug and gene delivery; 3) nanoparticle filtration/separation; and 4) nanoparticle deposition for the formation of sensors, surface active materials, and other applications.

Candidates should have a substantial, well established record of publication and external funding. Particularly attractive is experience with experimental aerosol science, fluid mechanics and instrumentation. The candidate is expected to demonstrate an ability to initiate interdisciplinary research and educational synergies among diverse areas. Collaborations are encouraged with other VCU units such as the Department of Pharmaceutics, Center for Molecular Imaging, and Center for Clinical and Translational Research. As part of the VCU School of Engineering, the successful candidate will have access to the resources of the Institute for Engineering and Medicine, which houses the Nanomaterials Characterization Center. The successful candidate must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department currently has 19 full-time faculty members, with two additional positions to be filled by August 2011. Annual research expenditures are approximately 1.2 Million dollars. The current enrollment is approximately 60 graduate students (PhD and MS levels) and 420 undergraduate students. The Department is committed to developing and maintaining state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation in support of its key research and educational mission.

VCU is located on two downtown Richmond campuses - the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV Campus. As an urban institution of higher learning, VCU and its partners have contributed immeasurably to the development of the fabric of the City of Richmond, transforming it into a center of artistic and cultural growth, business development, and social services. In consequence, the city and its leadership in business, industry, and cultural affairs have given extraordinary support to the university's growth, complementing the support of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a diverse cultural city, surrounded by historic neighborhoods, parks and the scenic James River.

Applicants for this position should submit a curriculum vita, a statement on their teaching plans and philosophy, a description of their current and future research, and the names of four references.

Application materials should be converted into a single PDF file and sent via email to Dr. Hooman Tafreshi, Chair of the Search Committee at htafreshi@vcu.edu.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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