Assistant or Associate Professor - PITT

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) invites applications at all academic levels for a tenure-track professor position in the areas of Quantum Computing and Quantum Information (QCQI), with interests in computational, algorithmic and theoretical aspects of QCQI. Successful applicants should have the ability to build an externally funded research program, as well as contribute to teaching in the MEMS Department. Applicants should have a PhD or ScD in Engineering or other related fields, including Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics. As a MEMS appointment, preference will be given to candidates with research interests in area of mechanical engineering and/or materials engineering.

While the position is in engineering, the applicant will interact with a relatively large number of quantum researchers in several departments/schools within the campus.  Pittsburgh is now a regional hub for quantum research, with the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute ( having over 100 members.  This is one of a number of positions in quantum that is being advertised by Pitt this year.  To that end, Pitt is strategically investing in Quantum Technologies across its campus, building on existing strengths in physics, engineering, chemistry and computer science.  Therefore, we are seeking applicants who have strong interdisciplinary interests in engineering, and who can and are willing to collaborate with colleagues in other departments.

The MEMS Department currently has 30 tenured or tenure-track faculty members who generate over $8 million in annual research expenditures. The Department maintains cutting-edge experimental and computational facilities in its six core research competencies: materials for extreme environments; advanced manufacturing and design; soft matter biomechanics; computational and data-enabled engineering; nuclear and other sustainable energies; and quantitative and in situ materials characterization.  We are especially interested in developing links between research in quantum computing and these disciplines, and further investing to build a larger group in this area

The successful candidate for this position will benefit from the resources, support, and multidisciplinary research environment fostered by interdisciplinary centers, including the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research Computing (,  and the Petersen Institute of Nanoscience and Engineering (, located within the Swanson School of Engineering. The latter is a user facility, which houses state-of-the-art materials characterization and fabrication capabilities.

Qualified applicants should submit their applications through this posting in the Pitt Talent Center. The application should include the following materials in pdf form: a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching plans, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates from groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply. The candidate should be committed to high-quality teaching for a diverse student body and to assisting our Department in enhancing diversity. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science fosters an inclusive academic teaching, learning, and research culture that supports the success of its diverse faculty and students. 


Monday, January 24, 2022