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Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 31st 2018
The position is open to the ranks of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. Applicants at the Associate and Full Professor rank should show national and international prominence in the nuclear engineering community and are expected to assume a leadership role in the program. Applicants with a PhD and having university/industrial/national laboratory experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants must have a doctorate in nuclear engineering or a related field. They will be expected to develop a strong research program and contribute to the educational mission of the nuclear engineering program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are seeking applicants having strong interdisciplinary interests across all areas of nuclear engineering.
Candidates with expertise in any of the following areas: nuclear materials and fuels, particle transport methods, radiation detection, reactor physics, reactor safety, reactor shielding, reactor design, medical and imaging applications, nuclear security and safeguard, and nuclear non-proliferation and policy are encouraged to apply.
This position Supports the strategic goals of the university and/or the college in teaching, scholarship, and service; could be related to IIHCC (Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities) Destination Area. Depending on the specific specialty of the recruited faculty, this could contribute to the University’s new initiative in Energy and also be complementary to the college’s cross-disciplinary research in Energy within IIHCC Destination Area. The position is further described at For questions about the position and the nuclear engineeringprogram (NEP), applicants should contact Prof. Haghighat (; (517) 858-3333), Director of NEP. NEP is a rapidly growing component ( of Virginia Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Department (, which has over 1100 undergraduate and 340 graduate students, and 57 faculty members.
Applicants would join an existing team of NEP faculty, who work in close collaboration with a number of faculty members
from Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, and Physics.
NEP currently awards PhD, MS, and Masters of Engineering (MENG) in Nuclear Engineering (NE), it also offers an
accelerated MENG in NE for the USNA, and a Graduate Certificate. An undergraduate minor in NE is under development.
NEP offers degrees at two campuses including: Blacksburg, VA, and National Capital Region (NCR) in Arlington, VA.
Virginia Tech is the only university offering degrees in Nuclear Engineering in the Washington DC Metro area. This
provides unique opportunities for NEP for forming alliance with different organizations and universities in the area; e.g.,
over past 3 years, the Program has signed a CRADA with the US Naval Academy (USNA), and established the accelerated
MENG degree for the USNA graduates. The Program operates several facilities including Multiphase Flow and Thermal-
Hydraulics Laboratory; Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Fuel Cycle; Molten Salt Loop (MSL) & High Temp Water Loops;
Radiation Measurement and Simulation Lab. It also houses the Virginia Tech Transport Theory Group (VT3G), the MARS
(Multiphysics for Advanced Reactor Simulation) multidisciplinary Center, and collaborates with the VT Center for Neutrino
Virginia Tech is one of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a board member of the Virginia Nuclear Energy
Consortium (VNEC) Authority, and a member of the separate VNEC nonprofit organization. Prof. Haghighat is founding
Chairman of the Board of the VNEC nonprofit.
Review of applicants will begin December 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University has a strong
commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women,
minorities, and persons with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE
Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers
( Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should apply online at and link to posting number TR0170144.