Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics & Automation)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Vermont (USA)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont (UVM) seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor position in Mechanical Engineering, with an expected start date of no later than August 21, 2023. Candidates are expected to hold a baccalaureate degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering or a closely related field.

The Department is seeking outstanding individuals whose research focus lies at the forefront of robotics and automation, applied broadly but not limited to unmanned vehicles, aerospace, agriculture, biotechnology, human-machine interaction, and manufacturing. The new faculty member is expected to maintain an active program of externally funded research, graduate student advising and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The University of Vermont is steadily growing its research enterprise, topping $250 million in research expenditures last year. UVM’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is a very active contributor in this growth thanks to innovative research and a high level of collaboration across campus, nationally and internationally. Applicants who could develop multidisciplinary programs in collaboration with current faculty and research labs and centers, for example, the Spatial Analysis Lab (a member of ASSURE), the Vermont Complex System Center, and the research groups of the Larner College of Medicine, are of interest.

UVM is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching, service and research, scholarship, or creative arts. We are an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to be accountable leaders in a diverse and changing world. Members of the UVM community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Openness, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Innovation, and Justice. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground. To that end, candidates must provide a diversity impact statement as part of the application detailing how they will further the diversity of the unit through their teaching and service at the University.

UVM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.

The University of Vermont, established in 1791, is a comprehensive research university with a current enrollment of 12,000+ undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. The scientific and academic environments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and throughout the UVM community are dynamic, highly collaborative, and multi-disciplinary. Reflecting our innovative and collaborative spirit, our faculty actively collaborate in their teaching and research with faculty in other UVM Colleges and Schools, plus the UVM Medical Center shares our campus. The successful candidate will be joining UVM following a period of unprecedented growth that has led to the successful completion of world-class STEM facilities, and the development of ABET-accredited BS degree, and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

The University is located in Burlington, Vermont, and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Burlington, a city of 43,000 in a metropolitan area of 214,000, is often rated as one of the best small cities in America. Widely known for its music and food scene as well as its outdoor and adventure lifestyle (Outside Magazine and National Geographic), Burlington has also been hailed as a top technology hub (Forbes) and a city of the future (Business Insider). Furthermore, Burlington’s vibrant entrepreneurial and high-technology ecosystem has been recognized by the National Science Foundation’s US Ignite program, the national TechHire City network, and the Kauffman Foundation. While located in the idyllic rural state of Vermont, our frontier paradise is only a two-hour drive to Montreal and a four-hour drive to Boston. In addition, Burlington International Airport offers direct flights to numerous North American destinations.

Applications must be submitted online at www.uvmjobs.com (position #006150). Applicants should provide (1) a cover letter that highlights their relevant experience; (2) a current curriculum vitae identifying specific areas of expertise; and statements of: (3) research interests and teaching interests; and (4) diversity impact and (5) the names and contact information for three references including at least one who can comment on teaching and mentoring abilities (these must be entered into the application system by candidates and requests for references will be managed by the application system). Applications without each of these components will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by December 1, 2022, when the review of submitted materials will begin. A background check will be conducted on each final candidate and salary will be made at a level appropriate to the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. For further information, please contact Yves Dubief at Yves.Dubief@uvm.edu or Douglas Fletcher at Douglas.Fletcher@uvm.edu.