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Open Rank Faculty in Dynamic Systems & Control

Virginia Tech

Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty Position At Virginia Tech Main Campus in Blacksburg Virginia


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for an open rank tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Dynamic Systems and Controls (at Assistant, Associate, or Full professor level) to start in August 2017. The primary areas of interest include perception, sensor systems, robotics and autonomous systems, intelligent systems, signal processing and estimation, and other related areas. We are looking to hire preferably a senior leader in the area of perception which can develop a strong internationally recognized sponsored research program and continue to develop a group in this specialty for the Virginia Tech’s Destination Areas as described below. Joint or courtesy appointment with other departments such as ECE or CS are possible depending on the qualifications. Job number TR0160179. Search committee chair: Prof. Saied Taheri ([email protected]).


This position is part of a large cluster hire of faculty across the university for VT’s newly developed Destination Areas. VT’s Destination Areas represent difficult problems of present and future national and global importance for which VT is investing resources to build and support world-class groups of faculty that transcend our disciplinary strengths. This position will serve the Destination Area in “Intelligent Infrastructure for Human Centered Communities” which aims to design, develop, and understand social, technical, economic, cultural, political, and information paradigms to support sustained and adaptive human societies. Other related Destination Areas which this position could serve are “Data Analytics”, “Decision Sciences and Integrated Security”, and “Adaptive Brain and Behavior.”


Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, 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 (www.advance.vt.edu).


Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or a closely related discipline. We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and developing a strong externally sponsored research program. Candidates should apply online at http://www.jobs.vt.edu to the appropriate posting number given above. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles and other scholarship activities, a brief statement on teaching preferences, a one-page research statement, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (http://www.me.vt.edu/), 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, the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS), and state level industry-academic research centers such as the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).