Faculty Openings

Nuclear Engineering Department Head

The Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering seeks a visionary leader and highly accomplished scholar to serve as Nuclear Engineering Department Head and invites applications, inquiries and nominations. The new Nuclear Engineering Department Head will have a unique opportunity to grow the department as it roughly doubles its number of faculty, and to establish its fundamental direction. Since 1997, the department has been merged with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Effective July 1, 2019, the head will reestablish a standalone department of nuclear engineering – the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering, named after nuclear engineering alumnus Kenneth Lindquist and his wife and fellow Penn State graduate, Mary Alice Lindquist. This move will allow the College to further strengthen and grow an already nationally respected undergraduate and graduate degree program and research agenda in nuclear engineering. The nuclear graduate program is ranked ninth by U.S. News and World Report. Penn State offers nuclear engineering students unique opportunities to learn and conduct research in state-of-the-art experimental facilities and a working nuclear research reactor under the supervision of internationally known faculty. Faculty and alumni have made exceptional contributions as innovative scholars, educators and practitioners. The new head will be well supported in building upon the considerable strengths of the department to further extend Penn State’s impact on the field of nuclear engineering. Nuclear engineering is one of 13 departments and degree programs within the highly ranked Penn State College of Engineering. Under the leadership of Dean Justin Schwartz, who joined the College in August 2017, the College has outlined a bold vision for the future that emphasizes impact on society and embracing the challenges facing humankind, redefining multidisciplinary activity and engaging globally. Plans include expanding research and graduate education, taking a national leadership role on diversity and inclusion and creating a master plan for buildings and infrastructure. As a member of the College’s leadership team, the head will play a critical role in the realization of the College’s vision and execution of the plan. Reporting to the dean, the head is responsible for visioning, strategic planning, operations, finances, academic affairs and external relations and advancement. The successful candidate will be committed to enhancing the department’s education, research and service missions and will possess the scholarly record, leadership skills and strategic capacity to create and advance the department. Additional essential qualifications include successful administrative experience in a university, industry or government environment; the ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external constituencies; and a commitment to equity and inclusion. The successful candidate will have the credentials to receive tenure as a full professor in the College. Penn State is a public, land grant, research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a threefold mission of teaching, research and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery. Annual enrollment at its 24 campuses totals more than 100,000 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the United States.

How to apply for this position

Nominations, confidential inquiries and applications (to include a CV and letter of interest) should be submitted online and sent via email to the university’s consultants, Suzanne Teer and Melissa Fincher, at PennStateNucEHead@wittkieffer.com. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 21, 2019. A comprehensive leadership profile can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.

Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty Openings

The Nuclear Engineering Program at The Pennsylvania State University is pleased to invite applications for tenure-track positions in nuclear engineering at all ranks. All areas of nuclear engineering shall be considered. We have interests in nuclear power topics such as reactor physics and fuel management, thermal-hydraulics, nuclear materials, instrumentation and controls, nuclear safety, advanced reactors and nuclear fuel cycle analysis as well as nuclear science, nuclear security and nonproliferation. More »

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Openings

There are no listings at this time.

Departmental Working Environment

The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering is a vibrant one which is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. The department distinguishes itself from other programs with a strong focus on experimental research in power, science, security and safety. The actively growing department leads four educational programs for students pursuing a bachelor of science, a master of science, a master of engineering or a doctoral degree. The department also houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear reactor. The construction and operation of the reactor introduced nuclear engineering to Penn State, and, in doing so, harnessed research and educational opportunities as key strengths for the department. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at nuce.psu.edu.

Department of Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519