Faculty Positions - Open Rank

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is seeking exceptional candidates for faculty positions in the broad areas of materials science and engineering, materials chemistry or materials physics.  Applications for positions as tenure-track assistant professors, tenured associate professors and tenured full professors are welcome.  Faculty members in the Department teach undergraduate and graduate courses and are expected to initiate and sustain a vigorous research program. Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications, their teaching experience and interests, and a synopsis of a proposed program of research. Candidates for tenure-track positions must provide names and contact information for three letters of reference.  Candidates for tenured positions must have achieved national and international recognition for their scholarship; semi-finalists will be contacted to provide references once the selection is made.  

The Department presently has 22 faculty and approximately 400 undergraduate and 200 graduate students, with highly ranked graduate and undergraduate programs. Extensive state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities are housed on campus in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, the Beckman Institute, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and the National Petascale Computing Facility.

Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in an appropriate field. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications.  The proposed starting date for these positions is August 16, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received no later than December 5, 2016. The evaluation of applications by the search committee will begin before this date, and interviews may take place during the application period, but no decisions will be made until after the closing date.

Qualified senior candidates will be considered for endowed professorships and chairs as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, which is backed by a $100-million gift from the Grainger Foundation. Over the next few years, more than 35 new endowed professorships and chairs will be established. More information regarding the Grainger Initiative can be found at:

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and upload your letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and synopsis of proposed research program by December 5, 2016.  For any questions concerning the application process, please call (217) 333-1441 or e-mail

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