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Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty Position -Robotics, Autonomous & Dynamic Systems (RADS)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia
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Nov 12, 2022

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for one tenure-track or tenured faculty appointment at assistant or associate levels in Robotics, Autonomous & Dynamic Systems (RADS) Thrust Area, and crossing over to Bio, Micro, Nano System (BMNS) Thrust Area. Although all applicants with complementary expertise in these two thrust areas will be considered, preference will be given to surgical and medical robotics first and then other bio-inspired health related dynamical and control systems.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering (, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 68 faculty, 33 affiliate faculty, annual research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of about 140 doctoral student,140 Master students, and nearly 1200 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 19th and 19th out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2021 U.S. News and World Report.


Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.  Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.


Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C., area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College-level centers such as the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).


Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline by the start time of their appointment. 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, and developing a strong externally sponsored research program.  Applicants must apply online at (posting number 522090). Application materials include a cover letter, CV, three separate statements limited to three pages each ((i) teaching interests and philosophy, (ii) research interests, and (iii) contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion), up to three relevant research publications, and contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will commence on November 7, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the positions should be directed to Dr. Saied Taheri at For assistance submitting the application please contact Mrs. Miriam Snyder (540) 231-8250.


The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increasing faculty, staff, and student diversity, ensuring a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate, advancing our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence, and promoting sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. If you are a person with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Mrs. Miriam Snyder



The Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering Department serves its students, alumni, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation through a variety of academic, research and service activities. Our mission is to: Serve our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation through a variety of teaching, research, service, and scholarly activities. Dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship and to upholding the highest standards in the overall quality of our programs, we prepare engineers for successful careers in industry, government, and academia. We emphasize engineering principles, hands-on projects, open-ended problem solving, and the essential skills of teamwork, communication, and ethics, and integrate these into the education of each of our students.

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