Department of Automotive Engineering

Position Announcement - BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Manufacturing

The Clemson University Department of Automotive Engineering invites applications for the BMW Chair in Automotive Manufacturing.  This endowed chair is part of the State of South Carolina’s Smart State Program (see and is one of the most prestigious chairs in the United States.  It is a high profile position with great opportunity to interact with the top echelons of industry, academia, and government.  Targeted areas of research expertise include but are not limited to advanced manufacturing systems, assembly technologies, automation, process control, sustainable manufacturing and lightweight materials processing. 

Individuals with exceptional credentials in manufacturing both in industry and academia are invited to apply.  Applicants must have a proven track record of scholarship, innovation, and working with industry.  A doctoral degree in a relevant field of engineering is required.  The successful candidate is expected to provide thought leadership in manufacturing at the national/international level.  He/she is expected to work closely with industry and be a researcher, entrepreneur, mentor, and educator.  The starting date for this position is negotiable.

The Automotive Engineering Department at CU-ICAR offers unique MS and Ph.D. graduate degrees in automotive engineering emphasizing product development and vehicle systems integration.  The Department currently has fifteen faculty including three endowed chairs.  The program is housed in a dedicated state-of-the-art facility, the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center, which is located at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, South Carolina.  Faculty and students have access to full-scale automotive test equipment, one of the nation’s top academic high speed computing facilities, and advanced materials testing laboratories.  For more information, visit the Department of Automotive Engineering or CU-ICAR websites.

Clemson University is a national land grant University, currently ranked by US News and World Report as 25th among public institutions.  In 2008, the university was named the ‘Best Place to Work in Academia” in The Scientist Magazine.  South Carolina is home to over 300 automotive companies including original equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

Applicants should email a resume/CV, statements of research, teaching interests, and the name and contact information of at least three references to:

Applications are currently being accepted, and those received by February 1, 2013, will be assured full consideration.  However applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.   Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.  Clemson University is interested in candidates who can contribute to the cultural diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.