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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 268940-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to fill new faculty positions in two focus areas: (1) autonomous systems; and (2) robotics.

The first focus area is tied to the topic of autonomous systems within the context of 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: sensing; perception; data- and learning-driven automation, and computational tools to enable autonomous systems. Research in these areas is anticipated to lead to breakthroughs in applications such as: autonomous vehicles operating in complex and unstructured environments; autonomous control of infrastructure; autonomous control of multiple interacting systems; automation in manufacturing; automation in agriculture.

The second focus area of interest is tied to the broad topic of robotics. The department is particularly interested in candidates whose research is focused on: manipulation; human-machine interaction; robot dynamics, structures, materials and actuators; and robot control. Research in these areas is anticipated to lead to breakthroughs in applications such as: manipulation in complex tasks (e.g. material handling, agriculture, medicine); mobility in water, air, land, or unstructured environments; movement in spaces from nano-scale to macro-scale; and human-robot cooperation.

If appropriate to their work, candidates should describe their plans to leverage the new experimental assets in the College of Engineering's Robotics and Autonomous Systems facility to solve societally impactful engineering problems. The Robotics and Autonomous Systems facility has an aerial vehicle proving ground, a high-fidelity motion capture system, and space for potential test routes and terrain challenges for autonomous ground vehicle prototyping.

The department welcomes candidates who transcend the traditional boundaries of Mechanical Engineering and can incorporate 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 their research is better aligned with. Candidates can also choose to specify both areas if appropriate.


Teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering, 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


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


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.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 21, 2023


ACADEMIC (9 months)

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.

How to Apply:

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 goals fit the solicitation described above. Submitted materials should include candidate's previous activities and/or plans in the areas of equity, inclusion and diversity 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 January 12, 2023, however, this position will remain open and applications may be considered until this position is filled.


Catherine Carter
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)



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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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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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