Tenure-track Faculty of Open Rank

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Job location: Worcester

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-02-17
Req: R0000731

Tenure-track Faculty of Open Rank




Robotics Program


Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI


The WPI Robotics Engineering (RBE) Program (www.wpi.edu/+RBE) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position of open rank.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field, including Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering. Candidates with expertise in machine learning and perception in robotics are particularly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will expand and synergize with our existing research strengths in autonomous and connected vehicles, multi-robot systems, swarm robotics, planning, dynamics and control.

We are looking for individuals who value innovation, creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. Applicants must show potential for or accomplishments in an innovative and sustainable research and teaching career. WPI expects faculty to be involved in a balance of research, teaching, and service.

WPI Robotics, an ABET-accredited program, counts approximately 370 undergraduate and 180 graduate students and offers robotics engineering BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees. In 2016 the program was awarded the inaugural ABET Innovation Award for its truly interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum that integrates Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The 18 core and 20+ affiliated robotics faculty members have research support from NSF, NIH, AFRL, ONR, NASA, DARPA, and industry funding. Our robotics laboratories include numerous and diverse robotic platforms. In addition to existing robotics facilities, faculty will have access to PracticePoint, a healthcare robotics R&D facility that is designed to promote collaboration between faculty, the medical robotics and cyber-physical systems industry, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and physicians. We expect our faculty to contribute to the exceptionally close-knit, collaborative, and collegial atmosphere we currently enjoy.

WPI’s reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its faculty. A highly selective, private technological university and one of the nation’s first, WPI believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low — faculty members, students, and other partners work together in a diverse and inclusive community on the real-world projects and purposeful research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. We are most proud of a recent No. 1 ranking for “faculty who best combine research and teaching” (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016). Located one hour west of Boston, the university campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts. The second largest city in New England, Worcester is a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation.

Applicants should submit a recent curriculum vitae including a complete publication list, separate statements summarizing teaching and research experiences, interests, and leadership (particularly in the area of robotics), and names and email addresses of at least three references. Applicants should describe within their research and teaching statements how they contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments.

Applications should be received by December 10, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply early.


United States of America (Exempt)

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: 10/2/2019
Application Due: 12/1/2019
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