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Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering - Biomechanics

Assistant Professor of Biomechanics
22 Sep 2022
22 Sep 2022
Golden, CO
United States
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Colorado School of Mines

Mines is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator that recognizes that diversity is crucial to its pursuit of excellence in learning and research. Mines is committed to developing student, faculty, and staff populations with differing perspectives, backgrounds, talents, and needs and to creating a richer mix of ideas, energizing and enlightening debates, deeper commitments, and a host of educational, research, and service outcomes. As such, Mines values candidates who have experience working in settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job no: 495861
Work type Academic Faculty
Location: Golden, CO
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Mechanical Engineering

Position Title
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering - Biomechanics
The Opportunity

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the area of Biomechanics. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with existing faculty within and outside the Department and grow our capabilities into new research directions. The Department seeks candidates with strong potential to build a successful, externally funded research program and a clear passion for higher education. This position will support Mines being a top-of-mind university for students who are interested in mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and health applications. Faculty will have the opportunity to interface with interdisciplinary programs, including our new interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering, and support our newly launched online Master of Science, non-thesis degree in Mechanical Engineering. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2022, with priority given to submissions received by October 21, 2022. Please contact Traci Case ( with any questions.

  • Develop and maintain a strong, successful, and externally funded research program that produces high-quality scholarly publications.

  • Develop and deliver high-quality instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in Mechanical Engineering. There is a specific need for teaching that will support the undergraduate Biomechanical Engineering Minor, the undergraduate Biomechanics Track in Mechanical Engineering, and the graduate Biomechanics Core in the ME Department.

  • Supervise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

  • Cultivate and promote an inclusive and diverse Mines community through recruiting, mentoring, and service.

  • Establish and/or maintain a high-quality publication record.

  • Contribute to the Department, University, and professional communities through active service.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering, or another closely related field with relevant experience from an accredited program by the time the appointment begins.

  • Scholarly activity and potential for research excellence in biomechanics, as evidenced by publications in respected journals.

  • Commitment and ability to support excellent teaching and curriculum development in Mechanical Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Passion for teaching and instruction with a commitment to learning and implementing best practices in STEM pedagogy 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.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

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 external funding application.

  • Prior experience mentoring students in research.

  • Demonstrated teaching ability at the university level.

About Mines, the Department & Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines is located in picturesque Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. 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 produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus including online courses ( Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access; which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, ensuring shared responsibility (

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 seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as 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 $95,000 - $101,000.

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 currently fully paid medical and dental premiums, 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

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to those submitted by Oct. 21, 2022. The desired start date is August 2023. 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. Candidates should describe how their research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected scholarly and societal impact, its relevance to Mines' goals, and current or future connections to industry and/or opportunities for entrepreneurship. The statement should cover both the candidate's past history of successful research as well as their plans for future research at Mines, and their plans for obtaining external funding for that future research. Candidates should also be sure to describe any transdisciplinary aspects of their research. (For more information visit and

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. Additionally, Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. Candidates should cover their in-person and hands-on teaching pedagogy and be prepared to describe any experience they have in online education.
Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 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.

Contact Kathleen Feighny, Human Resources, at with any questions.
Background Investigation Required
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
This position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or exemption because of a medical or religious exclusion. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire. Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's vaccination guidance.

Advertised: Sep 9, 2022 Mountain Daylight Time
Applications close: Dec 15, 2022 11:55 PM Mountain Standard Time

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