Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering

California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 26, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Mechanical Engineering Department at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the field of mechatronics .

Department Summary
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to about 800 undergraduate and graduate students, dedicated full-time faculty members and part-time instructors from Silicon Valley industry who bring current practices. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at SJSU has three stems: design, mechatronics, and thermal-fluid sciences. Design and thermal-fluid sciences are the backbone of all accredited mechanical engineering programs in the country. Mechatronics is a departmental specialty at SJSU and offers our students another fascinating and marketable field of study. Our hands-on curriculum incorporates a multitude of laboratory experiences to put classroom theory into practice. Our award-winning design projects demonstrate how innovative our students and faculty are at designing and building creative ideas that make a difference. We involve our undergraduate and graduate students in our faculty research, advancing the frontiers of mechanical engineering.

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Required Qualifications

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at San José State University (SJSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants must have a strong academic background in mechanical engineering, as evidenced by a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in mechanical engineering or closely related field, and expertise in mechatronics. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in a field of mechatronics such as robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, human-machine interface, etc.

Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching in classroom and in hardware laboratory settings using a variety of pedagogical techniques and technological tools to reach a diverse population. They should also demonstrate potential for excellence in scholarly research, with an expectation of peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations. The position requires excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.


  • Providing quality education is a high priority for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Faculty must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, assessment and advisement.
  • In addition to teaching engineering courses, faculty members in the department are expected to develop curricula and laboratories and should plan to establish externally funded research programs and publish peer-reviewed scholarly work. Faculty members advise undergraduate and graduate students via project mentorship as well as academic planning. Faculty will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments.

Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date – August 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents by February 1, 2021 for full consideration:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • research plans
  • maximum 2-page statement explaining prior experience with diverse populations and plans to help under-represented groups succeed
  • three references with contact information

Inquires may be directed to the Department Chair Nicole Okamoto at or (408) 924-4054.

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Advertised: October 26, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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