Mechanical Engineering – Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Robotics

The University of Utah Robotics Center ( is seeking outstanding candidates with research interests and expertise in robotics and related systems, for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant or associate rank in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a Fall Semester 2018 starting date. Candidates with exceptional background and experience may be considered at a higher rank.

Candidates must have an established record of published research, must exhibit strong potential for extramural funding within their area of expertise, and are expected to develop a vigorous research program. Candidates must also be qualified to teach courses in the core curriculum of an undergraduate mechanical engineering program, and to teach existing courses or develop new courses that support the Robotics Track. The Robotics Track is a joint graduate program between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Computing. Graduate students can pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the Robotics Track, while undergraduates may elect to pursue an emphasis in Robotics. The Robotics Center is a collaborative environment with shared facilities and equipment, and with active collaborations with the medical school and local industry. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants are expected to have an earned Ph.D. or Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field prior to start date.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering currently has 38 tenure-line faculty members, over 1000 undergraduate and 245 graduate students. With funding from the state’s Engineering Initiative, the Department expects to hire up to nine additional faculty members over the next three years. The University of Utah is a tier 1 research institution that has ranked in the top 5 nationally for start-up companies in the last 5 years. The University of Utah campus is situated in Salt Lake City, a diverse, cosmopolitan city with a population of 1M nestled against the backdrop of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. Salt Lake City residents have unparalleled access to national parks (8 within a few hours drive), skiing/ snowboarding (7 resorts within 30 minutes), hiking, fishing, biking, rafting/kayaking, NBA basketball, MLS soccer, PAC-12 sports, and numerous cultural events including opera, dance, symphony, theater, and outdoor concerts, amongst others. In addition, faculty members enjoy the convenience of an international airport located only 15 minutes from campus.

Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2017 and continue until positions are filled. Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s qualifications, current curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests and teaching philosophy, and contact information for a minimum of three references.

To apply, upload all documents at the following link:

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For application submission questions, please contact department manager Sheila Olson ( at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1495 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with reasonable notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see: