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The following is the list of current open positions:

Junior tenure track faculty position in Multifunctional Materials and Structure

October 23, 2015

Recent advances in the construction of 3D structures using polymers, metals, and carbon fiber have opened new design space to create specialized engineered materials that can be applied to new or existing components to facilitate reduced weight, localized increase of strength, selected failure mode mitigation, increased spectral energy absorption, and increased structural and multi-physics performance in the presence of stress, thermal, and electrical fields. The traditional approach to design commonly separates the material design from its function. For example, for many mechanical parts a metal or metal alloy is selected to withstand applied loads and more material is added in regions of high stress but there is no design associated with the selected material. Including methods to design engineered materials that are targeted at specific performance constraints allows for an expansive design space that will facilitate significantly enhanced designs resulting in optimal use of material and increased system performance.

The candidate’s research interests should be closely aligned with the goals of the SmartState™ Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures (MFMS) and the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, leveraging McNAIR’s facilities, equipment, and collaboration opportunities. The successful candidate’s research should focus on the development of design systems for multi-functional structures with a focus on those built from composite, multi-functional materials. The goal is to design the best performance and weight structure, while meeting various operational (e.g. aerodynamic performance), structural, manufacturing and cost constraints, in particular the manufacturing costs. To achieve this goal, a digital design environment combining manufacturing simulation, physics simulation (e.g., aerodynamic and structural analysis), and geometry and material specification is being developed in the Center. The research aims at the development of multiple so-called design engines that span the range from conceptual to detailed design. All the while, emphasizing seamless data transfer and collaboration between multiple experts (e.g., stress analysts and manufacturing experts) in the design process.

The new hire will have teaching responsibility at both undergraduate and graduate levels in the mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering programs of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Candidates should preferably have:
- PhD in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field
- Experience with advanced Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization techniques
- Substantial aerospace engineering knowledge including aerodynamics
- Interest in solving real-life multi-physics’ problems
- An understanding of Knowledge Based Engineering concepts in an MDO environment

Application package should include in a single PDF document: 1) vitae, 2) statement of research plans, 3) statement of teaching interests, and 4) contact information for three references. Send application package to Chair, Search committee Junior tenure track faculty position in Multifunctional Materials and Structure, University of South Carolina, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 300 S. Main St., Columbia, SC 29208. Electronic submissions in the form of one PDF file via e-mail to encouraged; please include “Multifunctional Materials and Structures Junior Hire”: in the subject line. The screening of the applications will begin on January 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. University of South Carolina is an AA/EO employer. The search committee is particularly interested in receiving applications from traditionally under-represented groups. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. The University of South Carolina has designated as the ADA Title II, Section 504 and Title IX coordinator, the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs. The Office of the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs is located in Suite 805 of 1600 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC; telephone (803)777-3854.

College of Engineering and Computing SmartState™ Chair Search: Endowed Chair in Advanced Materials for Energy Systems

March 5, 2015

The University of South Carolina is seeking an outstanding leader for the position of South Carolina SmartState™ Endowed Chair in Advanced Materials for Energy Systems. This Endowed Chair will lead/expand development of energy materials and systems research in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University.

The Endowed Chair position will lead an integrated, state-wide SmartStateTM Center focused on Advanced Materials for Energy Systems with researchers dedicated to the design, understanding, and fabrication of engineered energy materials and systems. A primary focus of the Center is to integrate energy research at the University with related activities across the state and to promote economic development in these areas.

The USC Endowed Chair Advanced Materials for Energy Systems has significant institutional support and will have the opportunity to work closely with researchers in the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Arts and Sciences, and other colleges and related Centers and Institutes. These include but are not limited to:, the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell SmartState™ Center (, the Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity (SAGE) SmartState Center (, and the McNair Center ( Current research activities in Energy Materials include: design and manufacturing of heterogeneous, multi-functional materials, membranes, solid oxide fuel cells, energy storage materials and systems, multiphysics based multiscale analysis and design of material systems, material state analysis and prognosis of multifunctional energy materials and material systems, and integrated design and manufacturing of energy materials and systems as well as development of materials for lightweighting of transportation structures.

The USC Energy Materials and Systems Endowed Chair will be based in the College of Engineering and Computing with joint appointments in other units as appropriate.

Candidates must possess a PhD in engineering or a related discipline, a record of exemplary research relevant to materials engineering, demonstrated leadership, and strong potential to support economic development via working relationships with industrial research sponsors. Candidates must have credentials consistent with the tenure at the rank of full professor.

It is expected that the recipient of this endowed chair will maintain a continuing record of scholarly and creative endeavors, demonstrate research leadership in and across academic units, establish collaboration with researchers and scholars both within and outside the university, and generate additional funding from, private, governmental, foundation and other external sources. Further, it is expected that the Chair will participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as the other normal service activities expected of an active faculty member For more information or to nominate a candidate contact Dr. Jamil Khan, ( Applications should include a current CV, a research vision and strategy for the implementation of this vision, and the names and affiliations of at least three references. Applications will be kept confidential within the extent allowed by state law. Applications should be submitted to: Screening of candidates will begin immediately. The post will remain open until the position has been filled.

USC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about the SmartState™ Program, please visit

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