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Job ID: 112847

Assistant/Associate Professor
Virginia Tech

Date Posted Sep. 24, 2018
Title Assistant/Associate Professor
University Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, United States
Department Electrical & Computer Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 10, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenured/tenure-track position in Computer Engineering, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, specifically in the area of perception for autonomous systems, including (but not limited to) deep learning, knowledge representation & reasoning, reinforcement learning, reasoning under uncertainty, and their applications to perception in robotics and autonomy. This position is based in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, nationally recognized, funded research program. There are rich opportunities for collaboration with existing strengths across the University. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in service and outreach activities for the Department, College, and/or University. More broadly, the successful candidate should contribute to Virginia Tech’s growing strength and leadership in Machine Learning research, education, and outreach.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field, completed prior to employment
  • Effective communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching, or evidence of high potential for such excellence
  • Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of research and scholarship, and to identify potential funding sources to support such research
  • Willingness and ability to work in a technology-based research and education environment, such as is characterized by use of learning technologies, distance learning, online courses, video-conferencing, and network and grid-based collaborative research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in the role of PI or Co-PI on funded research projects
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines
  • Interest or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or graduate, in research
  • Interest or experience in working effectively with a diverse student population

The ECE Department
The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering with a current enrollment of approximately 1,400 undergraduate and 550 graduate students primarily at the Blacksburg, VA campus. A graduate program and research activities are also located in the National Capital Region with full-time ECE faculty who interact closely with the programs in Blacksburg.
The Department has 81 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members and a dozen non-tenure-track faculty. Recognition of faculty accomplishments includes 3 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 31 Fellows of the IEEE and other professional societies, 22 NSF CAREER awardees, and 4 DoD Young Investigators. The latest graduate ranking by U.S. News & World Report places the graduate programs in EE at 18th and CPE at 17th.

The department has some of the nation’s best programs in the areas of power electronics, power systems, autonomous systems, wireless communications and networking, space science and remote sensing, embedded systems, fiber optics and photonics, and computational biology. The department has additional emerging areas of strength in biomedical applications, integrated microsystems, and nanotechnology. The Department is the beneficiary of the Bradley Endowment valued in excess of $15 million. For additional information about the department and the College of Engineering, please visit and

The University
Through a combination of its three missions of discovery, learning, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech is the Commonwealth’s senior land-grant institution located in Blacksburg in the scenic mountains of southwestern Virginia, about 40 miles west of Roanoke. Highly selective in admissions, the University enrolls approximately 27,000 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students, and more than 2,600 faculty members and researchers. The university offers more than 100 bachelor’s degree programs through its seven undergraduate academic colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Services, Natural Resources, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. On the postgraduate level, the university offers 150 master’s and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School, a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and a medical degree from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. For more information about the university and the Town of Blacksburg, please visit and, respectively.

The Application Process
Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a research statement, a teaching statement, and a list of at least three references electronically to Apply to posting number TR0180119. Please follow carefully the instructions found on the employment web site regarding the application submission process. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept paper applications. Paper applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date is August, 2019.

  • Applications from women and other underrepresented populations in engineering are especially encouraged. Virginia Tech has a program designed to support the retention and advancement of female faculty; see Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify K. Atkins, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (540) 231-4136 or TDD/PC 1-800-828-1120 or Voice 1-800-828-1140.

    Virginia Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Information

  • Kathy Atkins
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Virginia Tech - Electrical & Computer Engineering
    1185 Perry Street
    302 Whittemore (0111)
    Blacksburg, VA 24061


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