Position Title: Teaching Assistant Professor: Advanced Energy Systems
Location: Golden, CO
Job No: 496103
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Mechanical Engineering
as Advertised: Dec 21, 2022 Mountain Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled
Teaching Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering
The Advanced Energy System (AES) Graduate Program and the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a non-tenure-track Teaching Assistant Professor. The position appointment is within the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department with teaching duties that serve both the AES Interdisciplinary Graduate Program and the ME Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs. We are looking for superb educators who inspire both graduate and undergraduate students, engage in modern pedagogical approaches, and can help advance the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access. Candidates who are excited about contributing to the innovative AES (http://energysystems.mines.edu) and ME curriculums (http://mechanical.mines.edu) are encouraged to apply. The position seeks candidates with both teaching and research/industrial experience in renewable and sustainable energy. Special consideration will be given to candidates capable of contributing to teaching graduate courses in one or more of the following areas:
- Core courses in energy conversion & transportation
- Renewable energy fundamentals and applications (e.g., hydrogen, solar, biofuels, wind)
- Electric grid integration, advanced power generation, energy systems integration, building energy, and distributed energy resources
- Energy storage (e.g., batteries, chemical, thermal) for transportation and stationary applications
- Carbon management, techno-economics, and environmental life cycle assessment that can support energy transition decision making
In addition, candidates will be assessed for ability to contribute to undergraduate teaching and/or senior electives in the ME thermal sciences. The position is anticipated to begin in Fall 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but with priority given to submissions received by January 31, 2023. For further information, please contact the search chair, Dr. Robert Braun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Develop and deliver high-quality instruction to graduate and undergraduate students in the AES Program and Mechanical Engineering.
- Advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in AES and ME.
- Cultivate and promote an inclusive and diverse Mines community through recruiting, mentoring, and service.
- Contribute to the AES Program, ME Department, University, and professional communities through active service.
- Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related energy focused discipline from an accredited program by the time the appointment begins.
- Scholarly activity in the broad area of sustainable energy, as evidenced by publications and/or conference presentations
- Commitment and ability to support excellent teaching and curriculum development in AES and Mechanical Engineering at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
- Passion for teaching and instruction with a commitment to learning and implementing best practices in STEM pedagogy.
- 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.
- Demonstrated teaching ability at the university level.
- Research and/or industrial experience beyond a graduate degree program in the area of sustainable energy conversion that can be leveraged to enhance course content and relevance.
- Commitment to collaborate across campus and contribute to service in the broad area of sustainable energy, including renewable energy and energy storage.
About Mines, The Department & Golden, CO
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. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. A sunny, high-altitude climate with outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities make the Denver area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.
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 Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems Graduate Engineering Program is a uniquely constructed program that seeks to help bridge the interdisciplinary expertise gap through preparing researchers at the doctoral level and energy professionals at the master’s level to address the full complexity of tomorrow’s infrastructure, economic, and energy challenges. We are in Year 4 of the program with over 25 PhD and 35 Master's students. Graduate students work collaboratively with Mines faculty and NREL scientists on cutting edge projects in renewable and sustainable energy. The breadth of potential research topics is considerable and spans topical areas including biofuels, hydrogen and electrochemical devices, solar, wind, building energy systems, grid modernization, energy security and resilience, to name a few. A common thread is the application of science and engineering fundamentals to develop effective solutions in any of the numerous dimensions needed to secure a sustainable energy future. More information can be found at http://energysystems.mines.edu
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 www.mines.edu
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 https://www.mines.edu/president/planning/.
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.
Mines is offering an academic year salary of $76,000 - $84,000.
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.
Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, 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:
- cover letter briefly describing interest in and qualifications for the position
- curriculum vitae
- statement of teaching, with a description of experience in active learning and online education
- statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines
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, 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 https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/). 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.
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