Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering - #21-02
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Hire Number: 21-02
Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track
Effective Date of Appointment: August 23, 2021 (Contingent upon Provost’s approval and budget considerations)
Salary: Dependent upon qualifications
About the College:
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About the Department:
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Teaching responsibilities include instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses and participation in and supervision of student design projects. Candidates are expected to supervise Masters theses and provide academic and professional advisement to undergraduate and graduate students. Initiation and maintenance of creative scholarly activities as well as an externally funded research program are expected. Active and effective participation in curriculum development, assessment and accreditation, and other departmental activities as well as participation in professional and student organizations (e.g., ASME, ASEE) are normative expectations.
The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she is housed for recommending tenure and promotion.
A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline from an accredited institution. The candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to effective teaching covering the core content of Mechanical Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are expected to have experience with modern analysis and simulation tools, a broad background in Mechanical Engineering, and the ability to develop and supervise hands-on projects for the senior design culminating experience. In addition to having a solid competency in the core discipline of Mechanical Engineering, the successful candidate must demonstrate training and experience in the design and development of mechanical systems, control systems and robotics. The candidate must have strong research capabilities in one or more areas: autonomous vehicles and mobility, design and control of collaborative human-robot systems, multi-robot systems, as well as soft and bio-inspired robotics. Demonstration of research in mechanical autonomous vehicles with artificial intelligence, machine learning or path planning is desirable.
The ability to develop and conduct an effective multidisciplinary research program in the general area of mechanical control systems is expected. Dedication to student advisement and supervision of students is essential. Demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral communication in English is required. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach, mentor, advise and effectively work with students from diverse backgrounds.
We are seeking highly qualified candidates committed to a career in research and teaching. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, developing new student design projects, and building a strong externally sponsored research program, in line with the university and college goals.
CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to participate in the assessment of learning outcomes, and to identify multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.
Screening of applications will begin November 20, 2020. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.
How to Apply:
Applicants must submit a cover letter that contains specific content that addresses: 1) how you would make a unique contribution to the department; 2) your teaching experience and philosophy 3) a preliminary plan for establishing your independent research program; 4) your experience working with a diverse population. Your complete application will contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and at least three letters of reference from professional associates. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.
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CSUN’s Commitment to You:
CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. As both an AANAPISI & HSI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution & Hispanic Serving Institution), CSUN welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.
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The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
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.
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Department of Mechanical Engineering at (818) 677-2187.
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