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Faculty Positions Available in Autonomy and Robotics at University of Kentucky

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(This advertisement is posted on behave of Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Kentucky)

The College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky seeks candidates for up to three tenure‐track faculty positions at the assistant professor level in the areas of autonomy and robotics. Exceptional candidates at the associate professor level will also be considered. These faculty positions will be in the Department of Mechanical Engineering or the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering with joint appointments possible. This faculty search is focused on identifying highly qualified candidates with demonstrated expertise in autonomy or robotics, which may include but is not limited to applied robotics; machine learning for robotics; next‐generation sensing, control, and communication systems; networked robotics; unmanned systems; and human‐robot systems. Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will possess a strong record of research accomplishments and the capability to develop an active and nationally recognized research program.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has 34 tenured and tenure‐track faculty and over 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Electrical & Computer Engineering has 25 tenure‐track faculty and over 600 undergraduate and graduate students. These departments’ faculty members are engaged in federally funded research projects from agencies such as NSF; NIH; NASA; DOE; DOD; DARPA; NIST; and USDA. The departments also have research centers and consortiums that collaborate extensively with industry. Externally funded research in these departments exceeds $13 million/year in new awards.

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s research activities focus on the areas of power and energy; cybersecurity and embedded systems; computational electromagnetics; nanoscale technology; signal and image processing; and machine learning. The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s strategic plan focuses on the areas of aerospace engineering; autonomy, robotics, and controls; bioengineering; energy; and manufacturing. While this search is targeted at the areas of autonomy and robotics, candidates that can bridge multiple focus areas are encouraged to apply.

Lexington is situated in the heart of Kentucky surrounded by gently rolling bluegrass hills, enjoys a mild climate, and has a vibrant entrepreneurial community and outstanding healthcare facilities. The University of Kentucky is the flagship university for the Commonwealth and is one of only eight universities in the United States that house colleges of agriculture, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy on a single campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

To apply, please visit the UK Jobs site here: Applicants should submit the following:

  • cover letter
  • full curriculum vitae
  • research plan and teaching statement
  • the names and contact information for five references

For full consideration, please submit an application by November 15, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to either of the search committee chairs, Dr. Dan Lau ( or Dr. Jesse Hoagg (


The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.

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