Open Rank Faculty in Dynamic Systems & Control

Virginia Tech

Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty Position in Dynamic Systems and Control

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for a faculty position in the area of Dynamic Systems and Control. This position will be at Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. Exceptional candidates will be considered for named professorships.

The successful candidate for this position will have expertise in any emerging field of control and dynamical systems with emphasis on areas including but not limited to robotics and autonomous systems, control and information theory, perceptions and intelligent systems, signal processing and estimation, mechatronics, and system dynamics. Particularly desirable are areas such as human-machine interaction, modeling and control of social and behavioral systems, bioinspired robotics, and social robotics, just to mention a few, which are complementary to already existing expertise in the Department.  Within the aforementioned areas, the selection criteria will place more emphasis on the strength of the scholarship and less on the specific area of the candidate.  We seek the strongest candidates in these areas with experience in theory, modeling, computation, experimentation or a combination thereof.

Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, underrepresented minorities, and people 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 (

Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population. The Department of Mechanical Engineering (, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 61 faculty, research expenditures of over $16M, and a current enrollment of 340 graduate students with 180 students at doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 13th and 16th out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2017 U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers, and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), College level centers such as the Rolls-Royce and the Commonwealth of Virginia Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), the recently established Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics, and the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS).

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline.  We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in research and teaching.  The successful candidate will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and developing an internationally recognized research program. Candidates should apply online at posting number TR0160124. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles, a one-page research statement, a brief statement on teaching preferences, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 2, 2016, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

For assistance submitting the application please contact Ms. Brandy McCoy ([email protected]), (540) 231-6661. General inquiries about the position should be addressed to the search committee chair, Prof. Alexander Leonessa ([email protected]).