Careers in Mechanical Engineering

Open Positions

Jan and Marcia Achenbach Professor- Full Professor

The Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University invite applications for the newly established Jan and Marcia Achenbach Professorship (at the tenured full professor level).

Candidates are expected to build a world-class research program, and to demonstrate a commitment to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the McCormick School of Engineering. Northwestern University encourages cross-departmental collaborations and offers flexible faculty appointments through joint and courtesy appointments.

Outstanding applicants whose research interests are in the broad area of mechanics, and who will strengthen the strategic priorities of the two departments as well as the interdisciplinary graduate program in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) will be considered.

To ensure timely consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2023.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application materials should be submitted to the Search Committee Chair, exclusively via the web interface at

Candidates should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, statement on diversity (addressing potential contributions to enhancing diversity, equity, and/or inclusion), and the names and contact information for three to five references.


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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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