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Requisition ID:  19789


Job Summary

The School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track position of Lecturer, effective Fall 2022.  The initial appointment will be for one year, and based on performance and availability of funds, the position is expected to be continued.  

Job Duties

The position of full-time Lecturer includes the following duties:

  • For each semester, teach two or three undergraduate/graduate lectures and/or undergraduate laboratory courses primarily in the academic areas of either the Heat & Mass Transfer and Fluid Mechanics areas (specifically ME 20000 Thermodynamics I, ME 30800 Fluid Mechanics, ME 30801 Fluid Mechanics Lab, and ME 31500 Heat Transfer among others) or the Design and Solid Mechanics areas (specifically ME 27000 Statics, ME 27400 Dynamics, ME 32300 Mechanics of Materials, ME 33201 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory and ME 35400 Machine Design among others) as well as other areas as needed.
  • Successful candidates must exhibit a passion for teaching undergraduates and are expected to be highly motivated instructors. 
  • Successful candidates will also be expected to contribute to ongoing curriculum development.
  • Assist in services to the School of Mechanical Engineering as needed.


The candidate must have at the minimum an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with comparable professional or teaching experiences in colleges.  Preference is for candidates to have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field.   


Preferred: Demonstrated successful college-level teaching backgrounds, as well as experience mentoring young engineers; and demonstrated experience in student-centric interactive teaching styles (e.g., cooperative learning methods, flipped classrooms, etc.) as well as effective use of technology in the classroom.

Benefits Eligibility

This is a benefits-eligible position.

Lecturers employed half-time or more are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Insurance: Health, vision, dental, long-term disability, term life, and accidental death/dismemberment as approved by the Board of Trustees. Additional types of voluntary insurance plans may be offered as determined by Human Resources.
  • Retirement: defined contribution and/or mandatory plans as approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Leaves: Paid and unpaid leaves of absence including paid parental leave
  • Paid holidays as approved by the Board of Trustees and the President, and in accordance with University pay practices.
  • Tuition remission 

Background Check

A background check is required for employment in this position.


Candidates must have the ability to work in the US without immigration sponsorship from Purdue University.

FLSA Status


Application Process

The application must include 1) a cover letter, 2) a statement of teaching interests, 3) names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of at least three references, 4) a complete Curriculum Vitae, and 5) a separate statement outlining contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Candidates should submit application materials electronically via The job requisition ID number for this position is 19789.

Provost Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate DEI Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.


For additional information, contact Professor Jun Chen via email at

EOE/AA Statement

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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