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Robotics Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Jul. 10, 2018
Title Robotics Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice
University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Department School of Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2018
  • Troy, NY
    United States
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Robotics
    Engineering - Other

The School of Engineering at RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE in Troy, NY invites applications for a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice positions in Robotics starting in fall 2018. We seek outstanding and candidates to expand existing robotics course offerings and help establish a robotics curriculum.

Candidates are expected to have background and experience in teaching, research, and practice related to robotics systems, software, design, and analysis. Knowledge in contemporary robotics tools for middleware, embedded system, visualization, simulation, motion planning, sensing and control is preferred. Additional experience in related areas such as manufacturing, human-machine interaction, machine learning, computer vision, artificial intelligence, cognitive science is highly desirable. In addition to contributing to the robotics curriculum, there will also be ample opportunities to participate in active research programs in robotics and automation, and research centers such as Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) and the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL).

As a Lecturer, candidates must have Ph.D. or foreign degree equivalent in a field related to robotics, have related professional experience, and possess evidence of effective teaching. As a Sr. Lecturer, candidate must meet the criteria for a Lecturer, and have substantive professional experience in a related field. As a Professor of Practice, candidates must meet the Lecturer criteria, and have obtained unique professional experience, having performed distinguished research and/or having served as a senior executive in a related discipline, and a portfolio of work as typically attained in 10 or more years of progressively responsible leadership in one’s field.

The successful candidate will teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses, advise students, and serve the academic department as assigned. At the Sr. Lecturer and Professor of Practice levels, candidates will also be expected to develop and maintain a research portfolio. A Professor of Practice may serve as a Principal Investigator.

The School of Engineering has approximately 160 faculty, 3000 undergraduates, and 480 graduate students, and is in a period of growth. These positions are expected to complement and augment existing strengths in robotics, automation, mechatronics, and manufacturing. Successful candidates will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and laboratory sessions in robotics and related areas, and to participate in activities that strengthen the School of Engineering, Rensselaer and the broader Rensselaer community.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private research university in Troy, New York, situated at the beautiful confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. Founded in 1824, it is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. With the university’s involvement, the City of Troy is in the midst of a period of buoyant commercial and cultural resurgence. Beyond Troy are the vibrant urban areas of the greater Capital Region, including Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga-as well as the beautiful wilderness of the Adirondack region.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals who apply before July 31, 2018 will receive first consideration. To apply, visit (use the apply for this job link found on this page). You will be expected to complete a short online application, and to upload cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, accomplishments and goals (no more than three pages), a one-page description of research interests, and names and contact information for three professional references. You may direct questions about the position Prof. John Wen at

  • We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Information

  • Professor John Wen
    School of Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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