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Assistant/Associate/Professor in Robotics
University of Utah

Date Posted Nov. 23, 2020
Title Assistant/Associate/Professor in Robotics
University University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Mar. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2021
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  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Robotics
    Mechanical Engineering

The University of Utah Robotics Center ( is seeking outstanding candidates with research interests and expertise in robotics and related systems, for an open-rank tenure-track appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (, with an anticipated Fall 2021 start date. Candidates are expected to have earned a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in mechanical engineering or a closely related field. Candidates must have a demonstrated track-record of high-quality research as evidenced by scholarly publications, and they must exhibit strong potential (junior faculty) or an established record (senior faculty) of extramural funding. Candidates must be qualified to teach courses in the core curriculum of an undergraduate mechanical-engineering program, and to teach existing courses or develop new courses that support the Robotics Track at the graduate level. Candidates are expected to foster an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to broadening the participation in the field and values candidates with diverse intellectual, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, and who possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The Robotics Track is a joint graduate program across multiple departments in the College of Engineering in which students can pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The Robotics Center is a collaborative environment with shared facilities and equipment, and with active collaborations across departments, with the medical school (, and with local industry.

The University of Utah is a tier 1 research institution that is home to more than 30,000 students, world-class faculty and researchers, a medical campus, and many start-up companies. The Department of Mechanical Engineering currently has 38 tenure-line faculty members, over 1,000 undergraduate and 240 graduate students (145 Ph.D. students), and continues on a steep growth trajectory. Funded by the State of Utah’s Engineering Initiative, the Department expects to hire nine additional faculty members over the next three years.

Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2020. Applications must be submitted electronically at and should include a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s qualifications, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, statement of research interests, an example publication, and contact information of three references.

  • The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

    The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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Contact Information

  • Tiffany Benson
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Utah
    1495 E 100 S
    1550 Mek
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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