Assistant Professor (tenure-track) – Robotics/Biomimicry
The University of Akron
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Akron invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with an emphasis on robotics and biomimicry (the imitation of systems and/or elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems) at the Assistant/Associate Professor level beginning in August 2019.
Applicants are expected to contribute to the core teaching, mentoring, and research missions of both mechanical engineering and biomimicry. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an independent, externally-funded research program and teach classes in mechanical engineering and the biomimicry program at the graduate and undergraduate level. He/she would be expected to develop new specialized courses, work collaboratively with diverse populations, supervise graduate research and contribute to departmental, college and university services.
Applicants should preferably have a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering (or another relevant discipline) with expertise in at least one (preferably more than one) of the following areas: robotics (including rigid and soft robotics), control systems, and/or biomimicry. Rank will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience. Prior experience and a commitment to continue working with or teaching diverse groups and diverse students will be valued.
About Department of Engineering:
The College of Engineering is one of the largest colleges at the university with approximately 3,000 undergraduates and nearly 400 graduate students pursuing B.S. through Ph.D. degrees. Mechanical engineering accounts for roughly half of the students in the college of engineering. The Biomimicry program draws talent from a variety of departments spread all over the university and is a unique model for collaborative research. For additional information regarding the programs and the university, visit our web sites at http://uakron.edu/engineering/ME and https://blogs.uakron.edu/biomimicry.
Located in Akron, Ohio, The University of Akron (UA) is one of the largest employers in the region and offers an array of employment opportunities. Here you’ll find a metropolitan setting that places you in the heart of a dynamic, regional economy, and in sync with the pulse of business, government and the community.
We’re committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff by including individuals from varied backgrounds and characteristics, including age, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, national origin, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background. We’re also committed to offering competitive salary and benefits packages to qualified candidates.
Application deadline: Screening of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
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Job ID # 11279