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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 239792-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Engineering, Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to fill six new faculty positions in two focus areas (1) machine learning, AI, and data-driven approaches to modeling, simulation, and design; and (2) robotics, controls, and automation. This recruitment is part of college-wide effort in the robotics and autonomous systems area.

The first focus area is tied to the topics of data-driven approaches, artificial intelligence, and machine-learning as manifested in design, modeling, and simulation within Mechanical Engineering. The department is particularly interested in candidates whose research in this focus area can address fundamental challenges in topics including but not limited to: topological design; human-centric product design; simulation of large-scale, complex dynamical systems; design of cyber-physical systems; control of dynamic systems; multi-physics modeling and simulation; reduced order modeling; and high-dimensional optimization.

The second focus area of interest is tied to the broad topics of robotics, controls, and autonomous systems. The department is particularly interested in candidates whose research is focused on the design, modeling, dynamics, and control of robotic systems. Research in these areas would lead to breakthroughs in challenging applications such as: autonomous robots and vehicles operating in complex and unstructured environments; manipulation in complex tasks; mobility in water, air, land, or space environments; and human-robot cooperation. The department is particularly interested in candidates who, by drawing on a strong analytical foundation, would leverage the experimental assets in the College of Engineering?s new Robotics and Autonomous Systems facility to solve societally impactful engineering problems.

The department is particularly interested in candidates who transcend the traditional boundaries of Mechanical Engineering and can bring into the research effort insights from Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related disciplines to holistically address high impact societal problems related to the areas described above. When applying, the candidates are encouraged to specify in the cover letter which of the above two areas his/her research is better aligned with. Candidates can also choose to specify both areas if appropriate.

The UW-Madison College of Engineering strives to foster a respectful, diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Candidates with specific goals and plans that advance this mission are strongly encouraged to apply.

Principal Duties:

Teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses; mentoring graduate students and supervising their research; developing and directing a strong, extramurally funded research program; participating in departmental and university faculty governance; and contributing to professional and public service.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidates will have a distinguished academic record, exceptional potential in establishing a world-class research program and a commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction.

Additional Information:

The department is strongly committed to having a diverse faculty and student body. Women and under-represented candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply directly to the website by clicking on "Apply Now." Upload a SINGLE PDF document containing a cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae (CV). The CV should include a complete list of publications, as well as research, teaching and diversity statements describing how the applicant's research and teaching goals fit the solicitation described above. Submitted materials should include candidate's previous activities or plans in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion in relevant sections of the application. Applicants should also provide names and contact information for three references.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is December 20, 2021, however, applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled.


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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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