Lecturer/Instructor, Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering Technology (ICET)
The Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering Technology (ICET) Program in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University seeks a teaching-focused faculty member at the lecturer or instructor level who enjoys working in an applied setting. The ICET curriculum includes topics commonly found in mechanical and electrical engineering programs. All ICET courses are taught using a studio format where systems-level projects are implemented as students learn fundamental topics. Example projects include a mobile robot, a film canister oven, a pen plotter, a thermoelectric energy system, a pneumatic control system, a CNC router, and multiple PLC projects where students utilize their training for measurement and control applications. While most of our students major in one of eight engineering disciplines, the ICET Program provides an applied degree option for those who learn better by doing. The ICET Program has doubled in size over the past year and is catching the attention of regional and national employers.
In particular, we are looking for a faculty member who enjoys working closely with students, enjoys learning about technology solutions, is well-grounded in engineering fundamentals, and would enjoy teaching using a project-based approach. The ideal candidate will have earned a doctorate in Engineering, Engineering Technology, or a related field. Candidates who have earned at least 18 graduate semester hours in a related discipline and have significant industrial experience in instrumentation and/or controls are also encouraged to apply. Specific areas of expertise sought include PLC applications, electromechanical systems, and the integration of industrial measurement instruments, actuators, and networks. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to developing student projects and application-focused curricula. Our existing faculty is mainly composed of teaching-focused faculty members who collaborate to improve and grow the ICET Program.
The person acting in this role will split their time between ICET instructional duties and technical responsibilities at Louisiana Tech’s Institute for Micromanufacturing, located on the same campus and within a walkable distance from ICET’s home building. The Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM) at Louisiana Tech University belongs to a small number of university-based centers committed to research, education, and training in advanced multiscale fabrication and devices. Housed in its own dedicated facility built in 1995 with the help of federal and state investments, the IfM is the premiere research center on Louisiana Tech’s campus and plays an indispensable role in supporting basic and applied research across a multitude of disciplines. The IfM offers over 20,000 sq. ft. of R&D space including 5,000 sq. ft. of permanent clean room facilities for the design, fabrication, and testing of application-specific microsystems as well as dedicated faculty, graduate student, and technical staff offices. In this role, the candidate would utilize their training and general mechanical/electrical skills to troubleshoot, maintain, and optimize these tools and their associated infrastructure. Experience with microfabrication equipment is preferred but not required, as many utilize components and subsystems standard across many types of manufacturing hardware (relays, pumps, control systems, power distribution, etc.).
The College of Engineering and Science's vision is to be a world leader in integrating engineering and science in education and research. The College opened a new $40M integrated engineering and science education facility in November 2019 and is undertaking an aggressive recruiting campaign to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber. To build a diverse workforce the College encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. Louisiana Tech is a doctoral-granting public institution that enrolls over 11,000 students from 47 states and 64 foreign countries.
To apply, submit a single PDF document that includes a 1) cover letter with a description of teaching experience and interests, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) the contact information for at least three references to R-841 at https://ulsltu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LATECHCareers. Review of applications will continue until suitable candidates are identified. The anticipated starting date for the position is September 1, 2023.
Louisiana Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer and places a high priority on the creation of an environment supportive of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.