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Assistant Professor- Mechanical Metamaterials

Syracuse University
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Syracuse, New York

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Location: Syracuse, NY

Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

Hours: As determined by the department/Chair.

Rank: Assistant

Campus: Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code: Not Applicable

Job Description

The Department of Physics at Syracuse University is seeking applicants in the field of Mechanical Metamaterials. The opening is for a tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor, although exceptional senior candidates will be considered, and will start in Fall 2022. This position is part of an ambitious Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative in the broad area of BioInspired science and technology. As an integral part of this investment, Syracuse University is actively recruiting multiple candidates for tenured/tenure-track faculty positions for a cohesive research cluster in the focus areas of Smart Materials. Faculty hired into this position will build on our existing strengths in the focus areas and affiliate with a newly formed multidisciplinary BioInspired Syracuse Institute for Material and Living Systems that spans multiple departments in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Further information on the Institute and hiring initiative can be found at We are particularly interested in candidates working within the focused areas of Smart Materials with initiative to enhance collaboration and promote world-class interdisciplinary research to quantitatively understand complex biological systems, and rationally design programmable smart materials to address grand challenges in health, medicine, and materials innovation.


A completed Ph.D. in a relevant field of study or the expectation of completion of the Ph.D. by October 2021 is required. The Physics Department is committed to professional development for junior faculty, and provides excellent mentoring and support.

Job Specific Qualifications

Applications are solicited for the broad research area of mechanical metamaterials. Researchers with interests that align well with current expertise at Syracuse in active matter, phase transitions in biological materials, biophysics of cell signaling and ion channels, extreme mechanics, or programmable materials are particularly welcome. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in Physics or a related field. We are interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to be effective with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members. Candidates from groups historically excluded in physics and/or experience in mentoring students from these groups are particularly encouraged to apply.


The hire will be expected to establish a successful research program and to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty service assignments, such as committee service, are expected as well. Faculty hired into the BioInspired Institute cluster will have access to the Institute's junior faculty mentoring network, internal funding opportunities, and public outreach resources. Additionally, graduate student and postdoctoral trainees may participate in our extensive Professional Development Program.


Physical Requirements

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Application Instructions

For full consideration, qualified candidates must complete an online application at, attach
  • a cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (Under Writing sample URL)
  • Research statement (Under Other document)
  • Teaching statement (Under Teaching philosophy
  • Diversity statement (Under Writing sample)

About Syracuse University

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About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University's contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Open Until Filled: Yes

Priority Consideration: 11/01/2021

Job Category: Faculty

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