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Assistant Professor (TT) - Supply Chain Engineering & Analytics - Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Mech & Industrial Engineering
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Engineering

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we are looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse faculty and student community, and who value collegiality, collaboration, achievement, and integrity. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentor under-represented demographics within engineering. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, those who have paused their careers for family or pandemic reasons, or who spent time outside of academia. We are committed to helping all constituents reach their full potential, creating best-in-practice operations to support faculty scholarship and fostering excellence in student experiences inside and outside our department.

UMass Amherst is a leader in providing institutional supports for faculty to combine work and family/personal responsibilities, and was listed among the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For,” UMass is in the top 10% of public research-intensive universities in the COACHE survey for making having and raising children compatible with the tenure-track. For more information on work-life balance at UMass Amherst, see https://www.umass.edu/prospective-faculty/work/balance

The College of Engineering is ranked as the best public engineering college in New England. The Fall 2021 enrollment included 2,179 undergraduate and 662 graduate students. Research expenditures exceeded $60.5 M in the past year and the College is host to 15 research centers. The College has an excellent record of developing new faculty with 12 of our current faculty members receiving prestigious NSF CAREER awards in just the last three years.

 

Job Description

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Supply Chain Engineering and Analytics. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2023.

The position is defined broadly across the entire scope of supply chain management, logistics and manufacturing systems within Industrial Engineering. Special consideration will be given to candidates who can contribute to cross-disciplinary research and educational programs in advanced manufacturing, data analytics, decision sciences, engineering management, and socially-engaged systems engineering. The MIE Department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. We hope this broad category reflects our openness to expand the scope of our department beyond our traditional strengths.

The candidate is expected to teach existing graduate and undergraduate courses in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and will be encouraged to develop creative new curricula in areas of their interest or across disciplines. 

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has 36 full-time, tenure track faculty members and approximately 160 graduate students over 750 undergraduates. The department’s FY 21 research expenditures exceeded $5.5 million. The Department has a long history of successful interdisciplinary research, including the newly formed Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation, Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, Transportation Center, Wind Energy Center, and Center for e-Design. The MIE Department and the College of Engineering have identified Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management as one of their strategic thrust areas of growth. Additional information about the Department can be obtained at mie.umass.edu.

 

Requirements

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering, Operations Management or a closely related field, or anticipate such a degree by August 31, 2023. Applicants must also demonstrate potential for scholarly excellence and developing an externally-funded research program, as well as a commitment to diverse and cross-disciplinary academic and industrial collaborations. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an internationally recognized scholarly presence. Candidates will also be expected to teach existing undergraduate and graduate courses in our curriculum in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management in addition to developing courses in their area of expertise. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Additional Information

The steps of the hiring process are as follows:

  • A minimally qualified pool is identified from the applicants, ideally by the end of November 2022.
  • All remaining candidates are evaluated and a “long list” is identified, which will be interviewed via video conference. Candidates invited to these interviews will be emailed at least one week before the scheduled date.
    • For candidates advancing to the long list: references will be contacted, and candidates will have an opportunity to submit one (1) or two (2) additional scholarly works.
  • A “shortlist” is developed from the long list, and these candidates will be invited to interview on campus. While we anticipate interviews on campus in mid-January 2023, we remain flexible in light of potential health concerns related to travel.

 

Application Instructions

Candidates must provide the following in their application package addressed to “Supply Chain Engineering Search Committee.” Applications will be reviewed starting on November 2, 2022, and the review process will continue until the search is completed. All files must be provided in .pdf format.

  1. A cover letter, addressed to “Supply Chain Engineering Search Committee”. The cover letter should a) introduce yourself, b) briefly describe your research interests, and c) describe your vision for this position. Page limit: 2 pages
  2. A research statement. Candidates should situate their past research in a broader scholarly context and give their research vision for this position. Candidates are specifically asked to mention the types of scholarship they will perform, how that scholarship will be disseminated, and the expectation for how that scholarship will be funded. Statements will be evaluated based on assessment of demonstrated excellence or demonstrated promise of future excellence. Page limit: 4 pages
  3. A teaching statement. Candidates should describe their past teaching experience and express their teaching vision for this position. Candidates are specifically asked to mention existing courses in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management they are qualified to offer and also mention classes they are interested in developing. Candidates should address both undergraduate and graduate classes. Statements will be evaluated based on assessment of demonstrated excellence or demonstrated promise of future excellence.  Page limit: 2 pages
  4. A statement of vision for the candidate’s role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates should list past and planned future actions to support the diversity mission of the College of Engineering and UMass. Page limit: 2 pages
  5. A current curriculum vitae. The CV should be ordered as follows: 1) education, 2) employment, 3) awards and honors, 4) sponsored research (if any), 5) peer reviewed publications, 6) service, and 7) other sections as considered appropriate by the candidate.
  6. Contact information (name, title, email address, institution) for three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted until the second phase of the search.
  7. Optional Supplemental Materials: Candidates can submit up to three (3) recent manuscripts (articles, book chapters, etc.) representative of their research work.

 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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