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Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering

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Job Summary

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Columbus State University (CSU) invites applications for a full time tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering. Columbus State is leading the region with a new Bachelor's and Master's of Science degree in Robotics Engineering and is one of the few pioneering institutions offering this exciting opportunity with a 4+1 option. This innovative program was designed in partnership with industry and military experts. Preferred start date: January 1, 2021.

Special Applicant Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for an interview. Applicants must  meet the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

All applications and required documents must be submitted using Columbus State University’s online employment site and a complete packet must be submitted for full consideration. If applicable, any international transcripts must be evaluated by an approved foreign credential evaluator prior to submission.

*Please note: Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.


Columbus State University expects faculty to be involved in a balance of teaching, research, and service activities. The successful candidate will be able to foster an environment of professionalism and collaboration; demonstrate an exceptional ability to function as part of a team with University faculty and the local community; and engage in practices that support the University's focus on student engagement and active learning.

The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Robotics Engineering, oversee student research, and advise students. Candidates must be able to develop and design new courses and laboratories in Robotics Engineering. Current teaching load is 12 hours per semester.

The selected candidate is expected to produce peer-reviewed publications.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. from an ABET-accredited program in an Engineering field related to robotics, with a background in Mechanical Engineering or a closely-related discipline. ABD applicants near completion will be considered and may be hired at the Lecturer rank but the doctorate must be completed by December 30, 2021.The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to equitable and inclusive practices. Candidates must have effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and a demonstrated proficiency in the use of AutoCad, SolidWorks, CADD/CAM, or other 2D and 3D modeling software, 3D-printer (wood, metal, or plastics), as well as programming languages including C, C++, Matlab, and Python for synthesis and application of robot systems.

Preferred Qualifications
    Demonstrated expertise and achievement in computer vision, machine intelligence, embedded systems design, and/or artificial intelligence with application in robotics

    Expertise in the application of robotics including, but not limited to human-robot interaction, robotic manipulation, soft robotics, applications of robots in space, or military applications of robotics

    Significant experience designing, building, and operating robots.

    Experience with community outreach

Required Documents to Attach
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts (Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be received prior to an offer being extended)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Statement of Service
  • Three references with e-mails and current telephone numbers
About Us

Founded in 1958, Columbus State University, with an enrollment of nearly 8,000, is part of the University System of Georgia. CSU offers more than 70 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is ranked among the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Columbus, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community - https://visitcolumbusga.com.

Columbus State University has a nationally recognized track record of partnership and outreach through efforts such as the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and its own residence – the Spencer House – in Oxford, England. The University has two primary campus locations in Columbus, Georgia: the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and a beautiful campus in historic downtown Columbus overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The Columbus region, with more than 350,000 residents, is home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. For additional information about the University visit our website at www.ColumbusState.edu.

Inclusion is one of Columbus State University’s values. The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan specifically states that we will work “to attain a level of diversity among faculty and staff that more closely reflects the student population.” The range of diverse students at CSU is reflected by the diverse student organizations, including Collegiate 100 Men of CSU, Collegiate Women of Columbus State University, Minority Association of Premedical/Prehealth Students, Pride +, CHispA, and others.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Floyd Jackson, Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907; Phone: 706-569-3031; or email to [email protected]

Conditions of Employment

A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.




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Job No: 220591
Posted: 9/4/2020
Application Due: 11/3/2020
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