Instructor/Senior Instructor/Assistant Teaching Professor

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Job location: Worcester

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-03-04
Req: R0001244

Instructor/Senior Instructor/Assistant Teaching Professor




Robotics Engineering Department


Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) invites applications for a full-time teaching faculty position in the Robotics Engineering Department (RBE).


The individual selected for the position will contribute to WPI’s unique interdisciplinary and project-oriented robotics curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to teaching, curriculum development, and advising, this position offers the opportunity to mentor student research projects.

A qualified candidate will hold an advanced degree (Ph D or MS) or equivalent in robotics or a related discipline and must be able to demonstrate excellence in undergraduate or graduate teaching in robotics-related topics, such as robot kinematics, dynamics, control, sensing and perception, manipulation, motion planning, or navigation. Given the hands-on nature of the robotics curriculum, significant practical experience in robotics is desired and may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.

The vision of the RBE department is “to become an exemplary, internationally recognized, multidisciplinary center for education, research, and innovation in Robotics.” Since RBE’s inception in 2006 as an interdisciplinary program, it has grown to be a department offering 25+ courses, 18 labs, 18 faculty & 20 associated faculty, over 400 undergrad and over 200 grad students, and over 1000 alumni. We were the first to offer an undergraduate degree in Robotics Engineering and we have since then expanded to offer MS and PhD degrees. Research is funded by agencies such as DARPA, AFRL, ONR, NIH, NSF, NASA as well as industry. With Robotics Engineering being inherently multidisciplinary in nature, our faculty regularly collaborate with affiliates from Mechanical, Electrical & Computer, and Biomedical Engineering as well as Computer Science, Physics, Humanities & Arts and Social Science & Policy Studies.

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 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's campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a statement regarding contributions to diversity, and names and email addresses for at least five references. Please direct queries to the search committee at Review of applications will begin in March 2021 and will continue until the position closes.


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: 3/1/2021
Application Due: 4/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time