Open-Rank Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

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MAE Research Professor in Autonomous Automobile Safety

The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks candidates for a new Open-Rank Research Professor (Academic General Faculty, Research Track) position, specializing in Autonomous Automobile Safety, for the Center for Applied Biomechanics (CAB) in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. The Research Professor will be expected to lead a dynamic team, develop and maintain an energetic and well-funded research program, advise MS and PhD students, and collaborate with the Center’s other researchers in continuing to lead the field of automobile safety, with a focus on the growing level of autonomy in vehicles. Rank is dependent upon experience and qualifications.

The CAB is one of the largest university-based automobile safety and injury biomechanics research centers on earth. It was founded in 1989 and has grown steadily since. Currently the Center operates with a staff of approximately 50 researchers and support staff, including 9 Principal Investigators from SEAS and the School of Medicine, in a dedicated, state-of-the-art, 35,000 ft2 facility with world-class computational, experimental, mechanical, and biological resources. UVA and SEAS have made it a priority to encourage interdisciplinary research and the Research Professor will strategically position the Center's automobile safety research programs and enhance CAB’s reputation as a world-leader in the field. This position will also benefit from new opportunities in Engineering, Health and Cyber-Physical Systems across grounds to provide transformational investments in the quality of UVA's research.

Candidates must possess a PhD in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related field, and be internationally recognized for research excellence in at least one area of autonomous automobile safety including

  • active, passive, and integrated safety,
  • the biomechanics of injury prediction and mitigation,
  • crash avoidance and automated driver assistance systems,
  • safety robustness,
  • crash epidemiology and statistical modeling,
  • human factors, or
  • human machine interface.

The candidates who have a proven record of extramural research funding and experience in managing such projects are preferred. Preference will also be given to candidates who have a demonstrated record of collaborative relationships across engineering departments, with other universities, and with medical school researchers.

Apply online at and attach a cover letter, statement of research interest (which identifies research experience, expertise, excellence and vision) as well as a statement of commitment to inclusive practices that create climates in which all stakeholders can reach their maximum potential (which identifies previous and ongoing work demonstrating this commitment and a vision for future work), an academic CV, and contact information for three professional references.

**Please note that all required documents MUST be uploaded in the resume box.***

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

Review of applications will begin on June 20,2022, but the position will remain open until filled.

Questions about this position can be directed to Search Committee Chair, Jason Kerrigan at

For technical questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

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With one of the highest graduation rates of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the Department and the University of Virginia are fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minoritized groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspective and lived experiences.

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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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