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Graduate Assistant

Graduate assistantship and summer research position(s) may be available started this spring, summer, or fall 2018. Research areas may include: (a) experimental and/or theoretical and computational optics and lasers; (b) cryogenic memory cell and memory cell array design, and (c) studying nonlinear dynamics systems and techniques to design potentially unconventional signal processing methodologies. Research work will be performed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and at the University of Tennessee (UT). Both experimental and theoretical/computational work is of interest. Interested applicants may e-mail questions and/or applications to Professor Yehuda Braiman ( For additional information, please visit the following WEB site:

Assistant/Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applicants for at least one tenure-track position at the rank of  Assistant or Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering.  Candidates applying for this position are expected to have a strong commitment to teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, demonstrate research capabilities that will enable the development of externally funded research programs, and produce archival publications in leading scholarly journals. It is highly desirable for candidates to have an undergraduate degree from an aerospace engineering program.  A PhD is required in Aerospace Engineering or a related field of engineering.

It is expected that the candidate will develop graduate courses in his/her area of research to complement the departmental growth as well as teach undergraduate courses in core areas of aerospace engineering such as astronautics, orbital mechanics, and/or spacecraft- and aero-design.  All outstanding candidates possessing a strong background in fundamental science and engineering relevant to aerospace engineering will be considered, as at least one position is anticipated.

The College of Engineering is undergoing a period of substantial growth in both physical infrastructure and research expenditures as it seeks to become a Top-25 ranked Public Institution.  The College presently has seven departments with 163 faculty, 3,340 undergraduates and 1,134 graduate students. The Department currently has 34 tenure track faculty and enrolls some 1,267 undergraduate and 194 graduate students. Departmental research expenditures are currently at >$10M per year. Extensive opportunities for collaborative research exist at UTK and the surrounding region (UTSI, ORNL, AEDC, AMDEC, NASA-Marshall). More information regarding the Department may be found at

Review of applications will begin Nov. 30, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated start date of the new position is August 1, 2018.  Salary is commensurate with the position and experience of the applicant. Applications should include (1) a concise letter of intent outlining the applicant’s research and teaching goals and objectives; (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research and teaching interests; and (4) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references.  The preferred method of application or nomination is by email to  As an alternative, materials may be mailed directly to:

Dr. J.I. Frankel, Professor
Search Chair, Aerospace Engineering
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
402 Dougherty Engineering Building
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN  37996-2210


Research Associate II in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Fluid Structure Interactions in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering.

Position Available Immediately and Open until Filled.

A self-motivated candidate is sought for leading research in Computational Fluid Dynamic and Fluid Structure Interaction modeling. The candidate is expected to closely collaborate with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to perform research on the analysis and design of novel Small Modular Hydro (SMH) turbines. Under general supervision, the research associate will focus/research on: identifying the design space, requirements and restrictions, hydroelastic and fluid flow modeling with additional work on adjoint-based design optimization. Research will be directed toward utilization of renewable resources. The ideal candidate will be willing to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, collaborate with ORNL scientists, and perform cutting-edge research in computational modeling. Potential candidates should have a PhD in mechanical or aerospace engineering or in a related engineering field, and excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Hands on experience in CFD code development as well as modeling using commercial and open-source software is required. The candidate should also be eligible to obtain on-site access to ORNL.

Potential candidates should provide a single pdf package with an introductory letter, a CV, a short statement of research interest and career goals, and the contact information of three references, via email.

Applications should be sent to: Tammy Johnson (




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