Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

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Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Department of Chemical Engineering and Robotics Engineering Program invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates should be interdisciplinary-minded and have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Materials or a closely related discipline. We especially encourage applicants with an expertise in soft robotics, with backgrounds or interests in studying chemical and biochemical processes and approaches for the advancement of robotics science, engineering and applications. Some examples may include, but are not limited to: active matter and responsive soft materials; assembly engineering of nano- and microscale building blocks to design and control material properties; using chemical means to provide new power, sensing, actuation, control, or computation methods for soft robots and intelligent devices; employing chemical or biochemical synthesis and analysis methods for design of soft robotic systems; and machine learning to automate processes.

WPI's Chemical Engineering Department, with 17 faculty, 400+ undergraduate and 50+ graduate students, is ranked number 6 (out of 150) in the nation by College Factual - USA Today, with cutting-edge and growing research programs in molecular bioengineering, sustainability, functional materials and catalysis.

WPI's Robotics Engineering (RBE) Program is the first in the nation and in the world to offer BS through PhD degrees in robotics. The RBE Program, with 38 core and affiliated faculty, 370 undergraduates and 170 graduate students, was awarded the inaugural ABET Innovation Award for its truly interdisciplinary, project-based, curriculum that integrates a variety of disciplines including Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Our combined collegial and diverse faculty work collaboratively in providing exceptional teaching and mentoring in the context of progressive interdisciplinary research to solve some of the most complex societal problems. With research funding from the NSF, NIH, AFRL, ONR, DARPA, NASA, DOE and industry, we offer an incredibly vibrant environment for faculty and students alike. The Chemical Engineering department is housed in state-of-the-art facilities located at both Goddard Laboratories and the interdisciplinary WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park. Robotics laboratories comprise a number of different platforms including the new PracticePoint, a soon-to-be completed healthcare robotics R&D facility designed to promote collaboration between WPI faculty, the medical robotics and cyber-physical systems industry, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

WPI's reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its faculty. WPI is one of the nation's oldest and premiere technological universities, founded in 1865 and located one hour west of Boston in Worcester, a growing scientific and technological hub of innovation. WPI is a highly selective private university with an undergraduate student body of over 4,000 and 1,900 full-time and part-time graduate students. Its innovative project-enriched, interdisciplinary curriculum engages students and faculty in real-world problem solving, often at one of WPI's global project centers. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks WPI among the top 100 national universities and WPI was recently ranked No. 1 for “faculty who best combine research and teaching” (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016).

Applicants must apply on-line at Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with complete publication list, statement of research background and interests, statement of teaching philosophy and interests, statement of leadership experience (for tenured candidates) and the names and email addresses for at least five references. For additional information contact Professor and Head Susan Roberts at [email protected]


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  • Candidates should have a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Materials or a closely related field. Applicants at the tenure track level must show potential for an innovative and sustainable research and teaching career. Applicants at the tenured level must have a demonstrated record of outstanding research, excellent teaching and established leadership. WPI expects faculty to be involved in a balance of research, teaching and service activities, including mentoring student projects at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.

    Posting Date: 08/30/2018

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    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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    Posted: 8/31/2018
    Application Due: 7/2/2019
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