Johns Hopkins University — Teaching Track Faculty Member for Capstone Senior Design Course

Division/Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Position Time (Full Time or Part Time): Full Time
Position Location (city, state, zip): Baltimore, MD, 21218

Position Description:
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a full-time, teaching track faculty position. This is a career-oriented, renewable non-tenure line appointment with a clear teaching-line promotional pathway for applicants eager to work in an innovative environment. 

The individual selected for this position will be the primary instructor for the Department’s two-semester capstone senior design course. The goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to synthesize and apply their theoretical knowledge, acquired during their first three years of course work, to solve real-world practical problems. This position offers a breadth of opportunities from teaching and mentoring to maintaining a prototyping lab to sourcing projects from external partners. In addition, the University will be opening a new multidisciplinary design center within the next five years, and this facility will greatly enhance the way engineering design is taught at Johns Hopkins. The individual chosen for this position will be encouraged to develop their own unique vision for how mechanical engineering students and faculty can fully leverage this fantastic new facility.

Major responsibilities of the position include:

  • Developing and growing relationships with industrial, governmental, and clinical project sponsors and partners.
  • Securing and preparing design projects for 50-60 students prior to the start of each new academic year. 
  • Creating learning experiences and curriculum that support students in the engineering design process, ranging from technical concepts to interpersonal skills on teams.
  • Managing and advising multiple small teams of engineering students on their assigned projects, and overseeing budgetary and other financial matters related to their projects.
  • Maintaining the course manufacturing and prototyping equipment and facilities, and ensuring that all students are properly trained to use them safely.

We seek an individual with a master’s degree or higher in an engineering discipline or related field. At least 5 years of relevant experience, including experience outside of academia, and with a variety of mechanical and electrical systems, is also desired. Additionally, we seek someone with demonstrated excellence in teaching, mentoring, and project management.

Application Instructions:
We will begin reviewing applications on October 31, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Please submit the following documents to Interfolio:

  • Cover letter describing fit for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement describing your approach to engineering design
  • Statement describing your teaching philosophy
  • Copies of recent teaching evaluations if applicable
  • Samples of curriculum and/or professional design work

We will request three letters of recommendation and references for candidates who progress further into the hiring process. 

The preferred start date for this position is January 03, 2023. Questions can be sent to  with the subject line “Senior Design Instructor Position Inquiry.” For more information, please visit us online at:

Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.

The Whiting School of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering are committed to building a diverse educational environment.