Open Rank - Autonomous Platforms

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Working Title: Open Rank - Autonomous Platforms

Position Type: Teaching and Research Faculty

Department: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 12-03-2018

Posting Summary:
The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia is seeking candidates for an Open Rank tenure-track or tenured faculty position. Candidates with expertise in Autonomous Platforms are encouraged to apply, particularly to address problems related to ground, air, sea and space systems such as:

- Safe and reliable on-demand mobility platforms for transportation of people and/or cargo
-Technology and control for robotics and autonomous machine systems
-Dynamic scalability of software and autonomy algorithms for cyber-physical systems
-Autonomous platforms for in-space assembly and operations
-Autonomous platforms for Earth and Space Science measurement and operations
-Energy-harvesting and energy-efficient technologies for autonomous systems

A PhD in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a closely related field by the start date of appointment is required, in addition to a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a world-class sponsored research program centered on the mentoring of graduate students, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, perform service for the institution and professional organizations, and participate in outreach and academic self-governance. Rank, tenure-status, and compensation are contingent upon experience. Preference will be given to candidates whose research would complement or expand the School of Engineering and Applied Science's current strengths (

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is nationally recognized for its active interdisciplinary research and superior education programs and has built up strong thrusts in bio-inspired engineering, automobile safety, hypersonic propulsion, jet engine propulsion, rotating machinery, nano-scale heat transfer, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing. Applicants with a passion for making a positive impact on the world in a collaborative environment are strongly encouraged to apply. Secondary appointments within other departments of the School are available. Collaboration with the Linklab, a multi-departmental research center, is a possibility.

To apply, visit and search for posting 0624558. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach a cover letter stating your interest in the position, along with research and teaching statements, a CV, and names and contact information of 3 professional references.

Review of applications will begin on or about January 7th and will continue until the position is filled.

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The MAE Department is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups; furthermore, UVA is an active dual career employer and a NSF ADVANCE institution.

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, UVA is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff and is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.

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Posted: 12/4/2018
Application Due: 1/4/2019
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