Instructor or Assistant Professor



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Job description

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth invites applications for two full-time Instructors (job code 9404) or Assistant Professors (job code 9403)for the 2023-2024 academic year. This is a limited, non-tenure track appointment for one year, although with possible extensions as needed by the department. Although other areas may be considered, the preferred areas of teaching are in system dynamics and controls, kinematics and mechatronics, automation and/or systems integration. We are committed to attracting diverse candidates as we believe that diversity benefits the engineering profession as well as enriches the classroom and other student experiences at the University.

The successful candidate is expected to teach in both lecture and laboratory sections at the undergraduate level. A full-time instructional load is up to 4 lecture and laboratory sections per semester (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024). We reserve the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Appointment Dates

August 21, 2023 – May 19, 2024

Essential Qualifications

  • MS degree for the Instructor position;
  • PhD degree for the Assistant Professor position;
  • Degrees should be in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or a closely related field and earned by the start of the appointment from a regionally accredited university; and
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota Duluth by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications (at either rank)

  • Previous experience with teaching engineering courses in the subjects listed above at the college/university level, including labs;
  • Professional work experience in a non-academic engineering position;
  • Experience demonstrating the ability to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity;
  • Ability to contribute across multiple degree programs;
  • Licensed professional engineer; and
  • Demonstrated excellence in effective written and oral communication skills.

About the Department

The MIE Department is part of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at UMD and is fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC-ABET) and offers Bachelor of Science degrees in both Industrial Engineering (BSIE) and Mechanical Engineering (BSME). The department also offers graduate degrees in the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) and the Master of Environmental Health and Safety (MEHS). Our students are talented and engaged, both inside and outside of the classroom, and have an impressive track record in regional and national design competitions such as the United States Air Force Research Laboratories design challenge, the SAE Clean Snowmobile challenge, and high-powered rocketry competitions (e.g., the Spaceport America Cup).

Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.


The University of Minnesota recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage applications from scholars who identify as women, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, Black, Latinx, Asian American, Hawaiian/Island Pacific, mixed race and/or with disabilities. We favor candidates who can contribute to the college’s distinctive educational objectives in promoting interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:

About University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD’s many research institutes and labs and the University consistently ranks among the top Midwestern regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue. UMD is one of five coordinate campuses within the University of Minnesota system and with a total enrollment of approximately 11,000 students. UMD is the second largest research university within the U of M system and is a Master’s intensive regional comprehensive land and sea-grant state university. UMD is affiliated with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and School of Medicine and is home to the Natural Resources Research Institute, the Large Lakes Observatory, and the Advanced Materials Center.

SCSE is the largest college at UMD comprising approximately 3200 undergraduate students, 240 graduate students, 180 faculty, and 80 permanent staff. The college includes the science departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics, as well as the ABET-accredited departments of Computer Science, Electrical, Chemical, Civil and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

All employees at the University of Minnesota Duluth are required to report complete vaccination against COVID-19 or submit documentation requesting a medical or religious exemption on their first day of employment. To learn more, please visit the University’s Safe Campus webpage.

About Duluth

Duluth, with a population of approximately 85,000 people, is located at the western tip of beautiful Lake Superior — the largest freshwater lake on earth by area. A dynamic city on a hill, Duluth was named Outdoor magazine’s Best Outdoors Town in 2014, celebrating its access to the outdoors and to Lake Superior. Duluth is home to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails – including the Superior Hiking Trail (a 300+ mile trail intersecting Duluth), and the Duluth Traverse (an 85-mile multi-use biking and hiking trail stretching across town). In addition to the outdoors, the Twin Ports area has vibrant music, arts, crafts and craft brewing scenes, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. Duluth is a truly wonderful place to live, with great schools, health care, and affordable housing. It mixes a historic small-town feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings. Duluth is a popular tourist destination, with 3.5 million people visiting the city annually and having a $780 million economic impact. And, as a major shipping port, over 1,000 vessels from around the world pass each year under its iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. Duluth is also the site of a major US EPA Research Laboratory. More information about Duluth can be found at

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online. To apply, go to and search for job ID 355360. First, submit the application with cover letter and CV/resume in PDF format. Then return to the “My Job Applications” page to attach the additional documents, also in pdf format.

Complete applications include the online application, cover letter, resume/CV and additional attachments as follows:

(1) Statement of Teaching Philosophy,

(2) Statement of Commitment to Diversity and

(3) Current contact information for 3 professional references.

Even if you provide this information within the application, you must also attach the requested additional documents. Please do not miss this important step in the application process. Applications missing any of these documents may not be reviewed. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please e-mail [email protected] or contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at (612) 624-3316.

Review of applications may start as early as May 12, 2023 and continue until filled. Questions should be addressed to Tracy Shaw at [email protected].

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