Assistant Professor specializing in Autonomous Systems-Robotics Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio

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Job No: 498976
Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering - 220430
Applications close: August 22, 2021


The University of Dayton Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position specializing in autonomous systems-robotics. The position begins January 1, 2022.

The University of Dayton and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers new faculty an opportunity to join a community deeply committed to their success and to education at all levels. It also encourages collaborations in teaching and research within the department, across the University, and externally. Additionally, the Dayton area offers unique opportunities for engineering faculty to engage in community transformative teaching and to collaborate with premier researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory located at Wright-Patterson AFB and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI).

The University of Dayton is a Catholic and Marianist institution founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary. At the University of Dayton, we value the diversity in experiences and perspectives of all community members because doing so is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.

For the robotics-autonomous systems specialization, the successful candidate will teach both required major courses and elective courses within the Robotic Systems Minor, such as Mechatronics and Introduction to Robot Design. The successful candidate will develop an active research program including mentoring graduate students, seeking research funding, and publication and presentation of research. The successful candidate will contribute to University and professional service activities.

Further information about the University and the Department can be found at:

Minimum Requirements

All applicants must be nearing completion of all requirements for their Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a related field.
● Effective written communication skills
● Demonstrated commitment to understanding and promoting inclusive excellence
● Articulated potential for teaching excellence particularly employing active and experiential learning pedagogies
● Articulated potential for performing scholarly research involving autonomous systems, robotics, or mechatronics

Preferred Requirements

While applicants may not possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following qualifications:
● Successful experience teaching courses concerning autonomous systems, robotics, or mechatronics
● Successful experience performing scholarly research involving autonomous systems, robotics, or mechatronics
● Successful experience writing funding proposals
● Commitment to the breadth of education including educating the whole person in the Marianist tradition
● Successful experience in engaging individuals from diverse backgrounds
● Commitment to service to the community, university, and profession
● Effective oral communication skills
● Effective interpersonal skills

Special Instructions

Interested persons must submit a cover letter addressing all qualifications met, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and three two-page statements. The statement of teaching interests and philosophy should address potential for teaching excellence particularly employing active and experiential learning pedagogies. The statement of research interests and vision should address potential for performing scholarly research involving autonomous systems, robotics, or mechatronics. The third statement should address as to how you would promote inclusive excellence through your research, teaching, and service. If the Ph.D. is not completed, a letter from the research advisor is required stating that the candidate will be nearing completion of all requirements.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST, August 22, 2021.

Closing Statements

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at:

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