Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering: Design

Position Description:

Tufts University Department of Mechanical Engineering is searching for a faculty member at the assistant or associate level (tenure track) in the area of design, with a complementary focus on controls/robotics applications. Exceptional senior candidates may be considered. The candidate would have a role in two of the four core disciplines of the department (design and controls/robotics) and should be capable of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in both areas (e.g., courses in design methodology, machine design, controls, and robotics). Research thrusts may include those tied to product design, human factors, and/or robotics, including soft robotics. Additional information about the department can be found at .

Tufts' School of Engineering (SOE) distinguishes itself by the interdisciplinary focus and integrative nature of its engineering education and research programs, within the intellectually rich environment of both a "Research I" university and a top-ranked undergraduate institution. The past ten years have been a period of extraordinary growth for SOE at Tufts, with recruitment of over half of its current tenured and tenure-track faculty members and a more than three-fold increase in research productivity. Tufts offers the best of a liberal arts college atmosphere, coupled with the intellectual and technological resources of a major research university. Home to seven graduate and professional schools across three campuses, Tufts University prides itself on its culture of cross-school partnerships. Located on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus, only six miles from historic downtown Boston, SOE faculty members have extensive opportunities for academic and industrial collaboration, as well as participation in the rich intellectual life of the region.


The successful candidate will join an active department that offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs, and thus must demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as the potential to develop an internationally recognized research program. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate courses. While a doctorate is required, industrial experience is desirable. All candidates must have extensive knowledge in the design process and should have demonstrable experiences and expertise in the two areas of design and controls/robotics (submission of an electronic portfolio of design work is encouraged). Candidates should submit a clear statement explaining why they are interested in Tufts and how their skillset will fit well into the department ecosystem and fulfill the needs outlined in this job opening description. Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate attention to diversity and inclusion as it relates to teaching, research, and scholarship throughout their application.

Application Instructions:

Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Gary Leisk, search committee chair, at Candidates should submit their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and objectives, and contact information for three references online through Interfolio at Evaluation of the candidates will start at the end of October 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

EEO statement:

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617.627.3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at .


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