Assistant / Associate Professor in Nonwovens Science and Engineering

North Carolina State University

United States

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The NWI is a unique, interdisciplinary hub dedicated to research, innovation and science for engineered fabrics and the hub of an innovative global partnership between industry, government and academe. The NWI faculty, staff, and students work closely with partners within the nonwoven complex and beyond, and the Institute hosts the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics. Based on NC State’s world-renowned Centennial Campus, the NWI has established unique state-of-the-art capabilities for product development, pilot manufacturing, analytical services, and materials testing, to address the diverse needs of the nonwovens industry. NWI-affiliated faculty are multidisciplinary and represent a diverse set of STEM disciplines (

Essential Job Duties

North Carolina State University (NC State) invites applications a tenured/tenure-track position focused on the science and engineering of nonwoven materials. This position was created in support of a multidisciplinary University-level Faculty Cluster Hire initiative in the area of Nonwoven Science and Engineering. This focus area will advance the interdisciplinary field of engineered fibrous structures and promote a cleaner, safer and sustainable environment.

Candidates shall have expertise within one or more of the broad areas of fiber and polymer science, polymer chemistry, soft materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, cellulose/paper science and engineering, or mechanical engineering. Successful candidates will be affiliated with NC State’s Nonwovens Institute (NWI) and participate actively in ongoing Nonwoven Science and Engineering programs, as well as Faculty Cluster activities. Detailed information regarding NC State’s Faculty Cluster Hire initiative is available online (

NC State seeks applications for a tenured/tenure-track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in areas relevant to nonwovens and applications utilizing nonwovens. This position will be based in an NC State department appropriate for the position. The successful candidate is expected to be an active participant in research, training and education activities consistent with the missions of the NWI and the host department.

NC State seeks individuals with the following characteristics:

1. Research scholars with active research programs, the desire to train and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and manage a productive and safe laboratory. Successful candidates will secure extramural funding and communicate research findings in peer-reviewed and other scholarly publications as well as at local, national, and international meetings. Particular research areas of interest include fiber and polymer science and engineering, filtration and separation, fluid mechanics, biomechanical engineering, soft materials, micro and nano-science, as well as related and/or complementary areas. It is essential that candidates seek and value a collaborative environment.

2. Educators dedicated to teaching excellence in areas relevant to Nonwovens Science and Engineering. Candidates will be student-centric and dynamic in the classroom, and will participate actively in didactic program assessment and accreditation. The primary teaching responsibility of this position will be appropriate for the candidate’s background and department affiliation.

3. Individuals that will support the recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students, serve on departmental, college, and university committees, as well as be active participants in professional societies and organizations.

4. Leaders who have the capacity to learn, and contribute to building, the NWI business model and to represent NWI with other University leaders to both advance the NWI vision and mission, and ensure compliance with University policies and State Laws. Candidates must extend this leadership to growing collaborations between industry, academics, and government, as well as the growth of NWI industry membership and investment in research at NWI and NC State by industry and the federal government, including both basic and applied research.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Minimum Education/Experience
Applicants must have a doctorate in fiber and polymer science, engineering or in a closely related field. Candidates will contribute positively to the mission of the Nonwovens Institute (NWI) and strengthen programmatic links to fiber and polymer science, materials engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and cellulose/paper science and engineering. Successful candidates will be innately collaborative, will maintain an externally funded research program, and will work to enhance the mission, vision, and values of the NWI ( and NC State.


Special Instructions

Interested parties should apply online with a letter of interest, a research and teaching vision statement, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of at least three references. Application review will begin September 1, 2019; however, all applicants will be given full consideration as long as the position is posted.

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