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Strategic Faculty Recruitment


Florida State University seeks to strengthen the research programs among the centers located in Southwest Campus by recruiting six to eight creative, highly qualified faculty who have a proven record of interdisciplinary research across engineering and science disciplines.   These positions are an integral part of the FSU’s efforts to enhance research and education in the STEM disciplines.  These new faculty members will be part of the College of Engineering or the College of Arts and Sciences, but will leverage the existing programs and facilities to substantially strengthen interdisciplinary and synergistic research across the centers. These centers include the Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy (AME) Center, the Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC), the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), The Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP), and the High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI). Each center is equipped with state-of-the art research facilities and infrastructure which enables them to conduct highly interdisciplinary research and provide education and training across traditional discipline boundaries. This search is part of the university’s focus on enhancing interdisciplinary research through these centers and a follow-up to the recent successful strategic hiring of 11 outstanding faculty in the Energy & Materials Initiative.

We seek applicants at mid-career or senior level who have an established record of innovation, sustained externally funded research, a high research profile and excellence in teaching. Evidence of interdisciplinary research is critical.  Though the search is open to highly qualified applicants in a broad range of disciplines, some areas that may offer the best opportunity for interdisciplinary research between two or more centers include:    

  • Advanced diagnostics and with emphasis on flows with applications.   
  • Computational Sciences with emphasis in fluid dynamics, especially at high Reynolds number, and/or fluid-structure interactions at macro through nano-scales.   
  • Dynamics and Controls with applications in flight mechanics and/or control of complex systems such as smart grid infrastructure and advanced manufacturing.   
  • Systems integration of Smart Grid infrastructure, including controls and disturbance propagation; economic analysis related to diverse sources of energy for smart grid implementation.   
  • Advanced materials fabrication and characterization; especially superconductors for applications such as high field, high power and high energy systems and high sensitivity detectors.   
  • Systems optimization, engineering economics and human factors/ergonomics in emerging areas, such as advanced manufacturing, nano-manufacturing and renewable energy.
  • Advanced modeling, structure design and multi-scale manufacturing of composites/nano-composites and smart materials/structures. Applications include sensors, actuators, energy devices, electronics in aerospace, energy and structural health monitoring.

Successful candidates are expected to make significant contributions to scientific leadership in their areas and participate in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  A highly competitive salary and start-up package, high quality research space and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, computing and research facilities in academic and interdisciplinary units will be offered. The home department and research center will be determined by the candidate’s field of expertise but the focus will center on departments primarily within the College of Engineering as well as in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Complementing the above collaborative centers is the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), of which the Applied Superconductivity Center is a division. Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a two page narrative describing their research interests and plans, and a brief teaching statement. Applications must be sent electronically to  Highly ranked applicants will be contacted at a later date for the purpose of requesting letters of recommendation.  Review of applications is expected to begin in early Spring 2015 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Florida State University is committed to the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, and to sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive.  Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.