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Assistant Professor (Mechanics: Autonomous Systems)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Date Posted:
November 28, 2017
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins February 01, 2018
Salary Information:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Monthly Type:
9 Month
Tenure Track:
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
General Funds

Other Conditions:
  • University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), College of Engineering (COE), Department of Mechanical Engineering, invites applications for a full-time, general funds, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, pending position clearance and availability of funds, in the area of Mechanics: Autonomous Systems to begin on August 1, 2018 or as soon thereafter as possible. The University of Hawai‘i is a Carnegie R1 (i.e., highest research activity) doctoral university with is recognized as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant university. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering, and its undergraduate program is ABET accredited. The Department has active research programs in robotics, UAS, AUV, ocean and space science & exploration, control systems, dynamical systems, multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, renewable energy systems & sustainability, nanotechnology, corrosion, boiling and two-phase flow, microscale heat transfer, and high-performance computing. For more information on the Department, please visit The applicants should identify potential collaboration(s) with one or more of the following units: Ocean Resource Engineering (ORE), Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL), and Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology (HIGP). For more information on college research themes, please visit
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. To conduct assigned mechanical engineering undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars including courses in the area of mechanics;
  2. To develop an extramurally funded research program that results in publication in leading scholarly journals;
  3. To supervise independent study activities; To serve as an academic adviser to students;
  4. To serve on Departmental, College, and University committees;
  5. To render service to the professional or lay community that is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty;
  6. To participate in curriculum development activities including the development of curricular materials and special instructional methods;
  7. To serve on thesis committees for advanced degree candidates;
  8. To present research work in leading scholarly conferences; and
  9. To perform related tasks as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. An earned Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field (particularly in mechanics and autonomous systems) from a college or university of recognized standing (All-But-Dissertation, ABD, cases will be considered, but dissertation must be filed before start of employment);
  2. Coursework and/or research experience in mechanics;
  3. Demonstrated ability as a teacher;
  4. Demonstrated scholarly achievement; and
  5. Ability to communicate effectively with others.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Experience in emerging research areas and cross-disciplinary activities. Expertise and experience in autonomous systems with emphasis on one or more of the following topics: optimization, control systems, system design, systems integration, sensing, decision making, AI, big data analysis, machine learning, mission planning, internet of things, navigation, motion planning, AUVs and other autonomous vehicles, and relevance to Hawai‘i.

To Apply:
Applicants should follow the instructions at the following website to electronically submit their materials: The applicant should submit a cover letter specifying the position and the research area; a statement on research interests, activities, and plans; a statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans; a curriculum vitae detailing research and teaching accomplishments; copies of up to 4 relevant publications; official transcripts (copies/web versions acceptable, however official transcripts will be required upon hire); and the names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of 4 professional references (for short listed applicants, the committee will solicit letters of recommendation from these professional references).
  1. Dr. Marcelo Kobayashi;

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