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Assistant Professor in Marine Robotics
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Date Posted Feb. 2, 2023
Title Assistant Professor in Marine Robotics
University University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI, United States
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Continuous – application review begins March 5, 2023
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Robotics
    Mechanical Engineering

Title: Assistant Professor (Marine Robotics)

Position Number: 83205

Hiring Unit: College of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering

Location: Manoa

Date Posted:  February 1, 2023

Closing Date: Continuous – application review begins March 5, 2023

Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Monthly Type: 9-Month

Tenure Track: Tenure

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Funding: General Funds


Additional information

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), College of Engineering (CoE), Department of Mechanical Engineering, invites applications for a full-time, general funds, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, pending position clearance and availability of funds,  in the area of Mechanics: Marine Robotics to begin on August 1, 2023 or as soon thereafter as possible.

The position is open to all applicants specializing in the areas of ocean technologies with a preference given to those with background and experience in marine robotics. Emerging research areas and cross-disciplinary activities are particularly encouraged.

The University of Hawai‘i is a Carnegie R1 (i.e., highest research activity) doctoral university with is recognized as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant university. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering, and its undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The CoE closely collaborateswith John A. Burns School of Medicine, Cancer Research Center, Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education (C-MORE), Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Ocean Resource Engineering (ORE), College of Natural Sciences, Hawai’i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL), Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics & Planetology (HIGP), School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), Information Technology Center, College of Social Sciences, Institute for Astronomy (IfA), and Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA). The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering, and its undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The department has active research programs in biomedical engineering, soft materials, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), high-performance computing, microscale and nanoscale heat transfer, microfluidics, acoustics, boiling and two-phase flow, multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization, space and ocean science & exploration, aerospace engineering, robotics, uncrewed autonomous systems (UAS), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), dynamical and control systems, composites and nanocomposites, nanomaterials, micro/nano devices, nanomanufacturing, renewable energy, smart structures, corrosion, and tribology. For more information on the department, please visit .

Duties and Responsibilities:

To teach and develop assigned mechanical engineering undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars including courses in the area of mechanics;

To develop an extramurally funded research program that results in publication in leading scholarly journals;

To supervise independent study activities;

To serve as an academic adviser to students;

To serve on Departmental, College, and University committees;

To render service to the professional or lay community that is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty;

To participate in curriculum development activities including the development of curricular materials and special instructional methods;

To serve on thesis and dissertation committees for advanced degree candidates;

To present research work in leading scholarly conferences; and

To perform related tasks as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field from a college or university of recognized standing (All-But-Dissertation, ABD, cases will be considered, but dissertation must be filed before start of employment);

Background related to marine robotics, mechanics, and control systems.

Coursework and/or research experience in the areas mentioned above;

Demonstrated ability as a teacher;

Demonstrated scholarly achievement;

Strong commitment to teaching and research excellence and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others; and

Ability to engage successfully in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment.

Desirable qualifications:

Experience in emerging research areas and cross-disciplinary activities.

Expertise and experience in the areas of marine robotics with emphasis on, but not limited to, one or more of the following: autonomous control systems, underwater navigation, applied estimation, underwater motion planning, system design and development, systems integration, sensing, decision making, AI, big data analysis, machine learning, AUVs and other autonomous vehicles, and relevance to Hawai’i coastal and oceanographic topics.

Research focus on or experience with Hawaii and/or the Asia/Pacific region.

Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Pay range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


To Apply:

Applicants are invited to apply via online at


The applicant should submit (1) a cover letter specifying the position and the research area(s); (2) a statement on research interests, activities, and plans; (3) a statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans; (4) a statement of contribution to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; (5) a curriculum vitae detailing research and teaching accomplishments; (6) copies of up to 4 relevant publications;  and (7) the names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of at least four professional references (for short listed applicants, the committee will solicit letters of recommendation from these  professional references). Finalists must be prepared to submit unofficial copies of graduate transcripts of terminal degree. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment.


All applications received prior to March 5, 2023 will receive full consideration but the review process will continue until the position is filled. Applications will continue to be accepted, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


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Dr. Dilmurat Azimov (email:, Chair of the Screening Committee.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Dilmurat Azimov
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
    2540 Dole Street
    Holmes Hall 302
    Honolulu, HI 96822


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