Assistant Professor- IC Engines & Adv. Powertrain Systems

Clemson, South Carolina, United States

Job description

Clemson University: College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences: Automotive Engineering
Assistant Professor- IC Engines & Adv. Powertrain Systems

Location: 4 Research Drive Greenville, SC 29607

Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering is searching for outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty position, at the Assistant Professor level, related to energy conversion devices, with an emphasis on IC Engines, and advanced powertrain systems.

Research areas of interest include combustion, heat transfer, novel thermodynamic cycles and energy conversion devices, as well as infrastructure level questions, such as the well-to-wheel analysis. Ideal candidates would combine a mix of very advanced experimental research focused on IC engines and powertrains with theoretical and/or computational work. Candidates are expected to establish an internationally-recognized research group and education program around the automotive powertrains, fuels, combustion, energy and environmental impact of transportation.

The position will include a competitive salary and startup package to support the research mission of the Advanced Powertrains Group. Candidates will also interact with existing research groups throughout Clemson University, and participate in interdisciplinary research initiatives.

The Department of Automotive Engineering is a fully integrated tenure-granting graduate department within the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Science at Clemson University. The department offers MS and PhD degrees in Automotive Engineering, and is partially funded with a total of $36 million in endowments. The Department of Automotive Engineering has graduated 438 MS and 52 PhD students since its inception in 2007, and is located on Clemson’s CU-ICAR innovation campus in Greenville, South Carolina. The CU-ICAR campus currently houses 20 companies and has interactions with over 200 industry partners, including top global manufacturers and suppliers. More information about the CU-ICAR campus and the Automotive Engineering Program can be found at and at
Clemson University is a national land grant University, currently ranked by US News and World Report as #23 among US public universities. South Carolina is home to over 300 automotive companies including original equipment manufacturers and suppliers, e.g. BMW, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Bosch, Michelin, ZF Transmissions etc.


  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant technical discipline, such as Mechanical
  • A knowledge and experience base in global automotive and heavy-duty technologies with connections to industry
  • The qualities of an “entrepreneurial scholar.” This means an individual who converts a vision into reality through superior strategic planning and execution skills, while leading the intellectual exploration of new methods related to ICE powertrains, and energy and environmental impact of transportation
  • The ability to build a research program, produce scholarly publications and have a strong dedication to undergraduate and graduate level teaching

How to apply

To apply, submit the following via Interfolio: a resume/CV, statements of research, teaching interests, and the name and contact information of at least three references. The position shall remain open until the position is filled.
Questions should be directed to Melissa Ioannidis (

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.PI102300386 

One of the country’s most selective public research universities, Clemson University serves a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body. Ranked as the 20th best national public university by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, we remain committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life. In fact, 91 percent of our seniors say they’d pick Clemson again if they had it to do over.