Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Energy Conversion and Storage Systems


Assistant Professor or Associate Professor or Professor

Discovery Themes Focus Areas

Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability


The Ohio State University department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering invites applications for one tenure-track faculty position in energy conversion and storage systems. Candidates will be considered at any rank, commensurate with experience.  The position is part of a multi-departmental cluster hiring strategy within the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme at OSU. The position is specifically included in a cohort focused on energy storage and conversion and related technologies that connect materials with chemistry and systems. We seek superb candidates who have an interest in and penchant for interdisciplinary research. Successful candidates are expected to join a multidisciplinary group of Faculty that spans across multiple departments, in particular Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. This hire is central to the creation of a new, multidisciplinary energy research hub that is part of a world-class network of laboratories and centers, ranging from electron microscopy to nanofabrication, to energy conversion and storage systems design, integration and control, through multiple testbeds.

This position will be affiliated with the Center for Automotive Research, CAR,, an interdisciplinary research center in the college of engineering. CAR focuses on sustainable and safe mobility, and comprises engine and vehicle dynamometers test cells; flow and combustion laboratories; energy conversion and storage laboratories; electric and hybrid powertrain test facilities; autonomous and intelligent vehicle laboratories; and vehicle and powertrain modeling and control development capabilities. A staff of 50 supports the research and educational activities of over 30 faculty and 80 graduate students. In addition to having achieved a level of academic and scholarly excellence in his or her own field, the candidate is expected to participate in the development of new research programs, and to contribute to the growth of the Center, by participating in research teams, and by developing new facilities and capabilities.

The College of Engineering comprises more than 275 faculty members, offers 15 graduate degree programs in engineering and architecture, and is home to a number of federally-supported research centers, state-supported research and commercialization centers of excellence and industrial consortia.  The College’s annual research expenditures were $126M in 2011, and comprise a key component to the University’s position as 10th among public universities nationally in research expenditures and 6th nationally in industrial research expenditures.   The College continues to aggressively support multi-department, interdisciplinary initiatives in transportation- and energy-related research. Energy and transportation are among the top research and strategic hiring priorities in the College.


Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, or a related discipline. The candidate is expected to build strong collaborations with faculty across the college of engineering, to actively participate in multidisciplinary teaching and research activities, and to work closely with the Center leadership in planning and executing strategic initiatives.  For consideration, please submit curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and addresses of at least three references, in electronic format.


Application Instructions

Applications should be forwarded to:
CAR Faculty Search 
c/o Jennifer Humphrey 
Center for Automotive Research 
The Ohio State University 
930 Kinnear Road Columbus, OH 43212

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF ADVANCE Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.