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The Materials Science & Engineering department at the University of Washington has a tradition of interdisciplinary collaborations and strong partnerships with other academic institutions, the national labs, and industry. Major areas of research include biomedical imaging, biomimetics, drug delivery, printable solar cells, rechargeable batteries, chemical separation membranes, and manufacturing processes. The University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

Faculty positions

The University of Washington’s Materials Science and Engineering Department seeks candidates for a full-time tenure-track faculty position with a nine-month service period in the area of Electron Microscopy science to begin September 2020 or on a mutually agreed date thereafter. Faculty duties include research, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and mentoring of students. Commensurate with experience and qualifications, appointment at the level of both associate Professor and tenure track assistant professor will be considered. Candidates will be expected to maintain an active research program with the core principles of electron microscopy study of materials science. The research topics may include but are not limited to: new imaging method development and implementation, quantum materials, energy materials, and biomaterials, which provides insight into the fundamental physical properties.

The University of Washington has a number of university-wide initiatives underway or in development, on topics that include Materials [NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC), DoE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT) — a joint research institute between the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington], Energy / Environment [Clean Energy Institute], Manufacturing [Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC)], Health, and Data Science. Individuals who can connect to these initiatives are encouraged to apply.

The University of Washington, located in Seattle, the heart of the high-tech pacific northwest, is one of the world’s preeminent universities, ranking in the top 10 of US News World Report ranking of Global Universities. The department currently consists of 18 active core teaching and research faculty, over 150 undergraduates and 90 graduate students.


Candidates should hold a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Materials Science and Engineering or a related field.

Application instructions

Applicants should include the following documents and information with their letter of application: A detailed resume, a list of publications, clear and concise statements of teaching, research interests and objectives (three pages maximum), and the contact information of five referees.

Apply for assistant professorship

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019. Evaluation of applicants will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the details of this search or position should be directed to the search committee by email to Prof. Xiaodong Xu at xuxd@uw.edu.

The Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time research faculty position (12 month service period) at the rank of Research Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to supervise graduate and undergraduate students, provide classroom instruction for graduate and undergraduate courses, if needed, engage in relevant service activities, and collaborate with other members of the Materials Science and Engineering faculty. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. This position is not tenure-track. The anticipated start date will be January 2, 2020.


An earned Ph.D. or Sc.D., or foreign equivalent, in engineering, physics, chemistry or related discipline is required. The successful candidate is expected to show multiple years of support at the time of hiring and to obtain significant research funding from government agencies and/or private industry after the start of his/her association with the Department because the position is self-supporting entirely through external grants or contracts. To be considered, applicants must have demonstrated the ability to carry out theoretical and/or experimental research in materials science and engineering.

Application instructions

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. For any administrative issues related to this search, please contact the Department’s Search Committee at search@mse.washington.edu.

Apply for research professorship

Staff positions

To find open staff positions in MSE and other departments, please search the UW employment website. The keyword “engineering” will help you find openings in the 10 engineering departments on campus. Learn more about working at UW.

Student positions

UW students are eligible for work study positions.