Assistant/Associate Professor - Smart Manufacturing

  • Purdue University, Polytechnic Institute, School of Engineering Technology
  • West Lafayette, IN, USA
  • Nov 22, 2021
Full time Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


The School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with a 9-month academic appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the area of smart manufacturing. The position will support strategic focus areas of the School within smart manufacturing from the context of digitalization and Industry 4.0. This position will be at the West Lafayette campus.

Teaching Expectations

The Purdue Polytechnic transformation requires faculty with both high technical competence and the ability and desire to teach in active classrooms. The successful candidate will teach students in the accredited Manufacturing Engineering Technology program, with a focus on the Smart Manufacturing Industrial Informatics (SMII) major that will be offered beginning Fall 2022. Relevant, recent industrial experience or prior teaching experience are highly desirable.

In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to aid in curriculum development for the SMII major. The candidate will have a strong background in Industry 4.0, functional and technical knowledge of smart manufacturing and cyber-physical manufacturing systems with expertise in AI/ML, data analytics, data-driven modeling and optimization leading to “manufacturing intelligence” to improve efficiency and productivity of manufacturing operations. The successful candidate will also participate in our graduate program, teaching new and existing graduate classes, and mentoring graduate students at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels.


Research Expectations

The applied research portfolio of the School of Engineering Technology crosses the disciplines of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Industrial Engineering Technology, with focus areas in materials, robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT), mechatronics, smart and additive manufacturing, energy systems, healthcare technologies, and supply chain systems.

The successful candidate for this position is expected to conduct research to support the development of Smart Manufacturing initiatives of the School of Engineering Technology. The scope of the research includes but is not limited to areas such as smart automation; smart production monitoring and control; smart asset management and maintenance; AI/ML powered digital twins, predictive/prescriptive analytics; augmented reality and human-machine interaction; cloud computing applications in cyber-physical production systems; and smart supply chain. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, externally funded research program in a chosen research area, and to sustainably support graduate students.


The successful candidate is expected to interface with external clients, both commercial and governmental, and to establish relationships with companies looking for ways to engage with our students at all levels from undergraduate to Ph.D. This may take the form of mentoring senior capstone teams as well as graduate and undergraduate research.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Purdue University’s School of Engineering Technology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates must address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Candidates with the proven ability to contribute to an inclusive workplace are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Purdue Polytechnic Institutes transformation plan can be accessed at 



Preferred and Required Qualifications


Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, industrial engineering, or a related discipline. Candidates must demonstrate effective English-language oral and written communication skills through documented classroom effectiveness or external engagement activities.

Application Details

Application Procedure

All candidates must apply through SuccessFactors and include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a resume or CV, 3) a clear statement of teaching and research interests, 4) a statement addressing diversity and inclusivity, and 5) the names of three references.


Screening will begin December 1, 2021 and conclude when the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. 



Purdue University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Purdue views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all University related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics. All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or status as a veteran.


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Application Deadline

Open until filled