Assistant Professor in Mechatronics and Robotics - #605475, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Northern Arizona University
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • Sep 16, 2021
Full time Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems Engineering & Applied Sciences Sciences and Technology: other

Job Description


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in mechatronics and robotics to build on the unit’s commitment to fostering interdisciplinary research that can address challenges facing our society and innovate through a balance of fundamental and translational research.

We seek a candidate who could contribute to the launch and growth of a Mechatronics and Robotics degree, and whose areas of specialty complement the expertise available in the department in the areas of solid mechanics, dynamic systems, robotics, computational mechanics, multifunctional materials and adaptive systems, as well as thermal and fluid sciences. Individuals with expertise in the broad field of mechatronics and robotics, and with a special focus on human-robot interactions, medical robotics and devices, dynamic systems and controls, haptic interfaces, and in other emerging areas are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Robotics Engineering, or a closely related field, with the potential to develop an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary research program and to actively contribute to the mission of the Department, College and University.

The successful candidate will: develop and maintain an independent research program, self-sustained, supported by extramural funding; publish and present research findings in high impact journals and meetings; contribute to the teaching mission of the department, including mentoring of undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows; develop undergraduate and graduate courses to support existing and new degree programs, and perform service for the department, university, and profession.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Robotics Engineering or closely related area conferred before August 15, 2022


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise in the broad field of mechatronics and robotics with particular emphasis on human-robot interactions, medical robotics and devices, dynamic systems and controls, haptic interfaces, or other related emerging areas.
  • Research expertise that complements that of existing faculty in the ME department. 
  • Established record of scholarly productivity, as evidenced by scholarly publications in high profile journals
  • Established record of competitiveness for extramural funding and the promise of future excellence
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • University-level teaching experience with evidence of effectiveness and promise of future excellence
  • Ability to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Application Details

Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin on October 4th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled or closed. Only applications received by the review begin date are assured full consideration.

Annual Salary:

Salary commensurate to qualifications and experience.

Additional Information:

Applications must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests/achievements; (5) names and contact information for three references; (6) copies of transcripts; and (7) if available, examples of teaching effectiveness. Submit all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF file and apply through:, select Faculty and administrator openings, select the appropriate job title, and then select "Apply" on that page. Attach your single PDF file to your application. Only complete application packets submitted through the NAU HR portal will be reviewed.

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NAU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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Application Deadline

Open until filled.