Faculty Search


The Division of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Boston University (BU) anticipates an opening for a faculty position in the area of theoretical digital design of materials at the tenure track, assistant professor level. The ideal candidate would work in an interdisciplinary way with synthetic chemists and growth/fabrication researchers, computational scientists and experimentalists, to create a new type of materials science where one predicts, grows, measures and then uses the comparison between the theoretical prediction and experiment to refine the process until a material with desired properties is realized. The ultimate goal is a paradigm shift from the labor-intensive trial and error approach to material fabrication practiced today to a more efficient integrated rational design path to the creation of new science and novel materials.   Candidates with research interests that transcend the traditional boundaries of MSE are strongly encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will have a primary appointment in one of the departments in the BU College of Engineering and a secondary appointment in the MSE.  Joint appointments with other BU departments and the Division of Systems Engineering are available for candidates with appropriate experience and interests.

Qualified candidates must possess a relevant, earned PhD, and have a demonstrable ability to teach effectively and contribute to the graduate program in MSE, develop funded research programs in their area of expertise, and contribute to the tradition of excellence in research that is characteristic of the MSE field at Boston University. Self-motivated individuals who thrive on challenge and are eager to utilize their expertise to strengthen an ambitious program of divisional enhancement are desired.  Women, minorities, and candidates from other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

MSE at BU is a world-class division with excellent resources that is steadily gaining national and international prominence for its exceptional research and education record. MSE is part of BU’s rapidly growing and innovative College of Engineering. The College of Engineering is comprised of three departments (Biomedical, Electrical & Computer, and Mechanical) and two graduate divisions (Systems, Materials Science & Engineering) consisting of 120 faculty, 75 staff, 1350 undergraduates and 700 graduate students. The College of Engineering has risen rapidly in distinction over the past decade and is currently ranked 38th and in the top 20 in research dollars per faculty member. Significant investments in the MSE area by the College and University have been recently made and will continue. Outstanding collaboration opportunities are available with nationally recognized medical centers and universities/colleges, nearby research centers, and industry throughout the Boston area.

Beyond its research and academic activities, BU has a lively, urban campus situated along the banks of the Charles River in Boston’s historic Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood. The campus and surrounding areas offer limitless opportunities for recreational activities, from world-class art and performances to sporting events and fine dining.

Please visit http://www.bu.edu/MSE for more information about the MSE Division. 

To apply, please visit and follow application instructions online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3031. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preferred deadline for full consideration is December 31, 2013.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.  Boston University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.