Assistant or Associate Professor in Autonomy and Robotics

Job description

The College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky seeks candidates for up to three tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant professor level in the areas of autonomy and robotics. Exceptional candidates at the associate professor level will also be considered. These faculty positions will be in the Department of Mechanical Engineering or the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering with joint appointments possible. This faculty search is focused on identifying highly qualified candidates with demonstrated expertise in autonomy or robotics, which may include but is not limited to applied robotics; machine learning for robotics; next-generation sensing, control, and communication systems; networked robotics; unmanned systems; and human-robot systems. Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will possess a strong record of research accomplishments and the capability to develop an active and nationally recognized research program.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has 34 tenured and tenure-track faculty and over 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Electrical & Computer Engineering has 25 tenure-track faculty and over 600 undergraduate and graduate students. These departments' faculty members are engaged in federally funded research projects from agencies such as NSF; NIH; NASA; DOE; DOD; DARPA; NIST; and USDA. The departments also have research centers and consortiums that collaborate extensively with industry. Externally funded research in these departments exceeds $13 million/year in new awards.

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering's research activities focus on the areas of power and energy; cybersecurity and embedded systems; computational electromagnetics; nanoscale technology; signal and image processing; and machine learning. The Department of Mechanical Engineering's strategic plan focuses on the areas of aerospace engineering; autonomy, robotics, and controls; bioengineering; energy; and manufacturing. While this search is targeted at the areas of autonomy and robotics, candidates that can bridge multiple focus areas are encouraged to apply.

Lexington is situated in the heart of Kentucky surrounded by gently rolling bluegrass hills, enjoys a mild climate, and has a vibrant entrepreneurial community and outstanding healthcare facilities. The University of Kentucky is the flagship university for the Commonwealth and is one of only eight universities in the United States that house colleges of agriculture, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy on a single campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

Applicants should submit the following:
• cover letter,
• full curriculum vitae,
• research plan and teaching statement (please upload under Specific Request 1), and
• the names and contact information for five references. Please include this when prompted in the application. This information may be used to solicit reference letters within the employment system.

For full consideration, please submit an application by November 15, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to either of the search committee chairs, Dr. Dan Lau ([email protected]) or Dr. Jesse Hoagg ([email protected]).

Job Title
Assistant or Associate Professor in Autonomy and Robotics

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
8H000:College of Engineering

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline

Required Related Experience

A strong record of research accomplishments and the capability to develop an active and nationally recognized research program

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
    • Academic Jobs Online
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • Academic Keys
    • Latinos in HIgher Education
    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • None of the above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
Optional Documents





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    Posted: 12/5/2018
    Application Due: 1/17/2019
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