[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Faculty Position in Machine Perception for Autonomous Systems at Virginia Tech

Pratap Tokekar tokekar at vt.edu
Fri Sep 22 07:19:42 PDT 2017

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at
Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenured/tenure-track position
in Computer Engineering, at the rank of Assistant or Associate
Professor, specifically in the area of perception for autonomous
systems, including (but not limited to) deep learning, knowledge
representation & reasoning, reinforcement learning, reasoning under
uncertainty, and their applications to perception in robotics and
autonomy. This position is based in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a
vigorous, nationally recognized, funded research program. There are
rich opportunities for collaboration with existing strengths across
the University. The successful candidate will also be expected to
teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in service
and outreach activities for the Department, College, and/or
University. More broadly, the successful candidate should contribute
to Virginia Tech's growing strength and leadership in Machine Learning
research, education, and outreach.

Required Qualifications

* An earned Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, or a related field, completed prior to
* Effective communication skills
* Demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching, or
evidence of high potential for such excellence
* Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of research and scholarship,
and to identify potential funding sources to support such research
* Willingness and ability to work in a technology-based research and
education environment, such as is characterized by use of learning
technologies, distance learning, online courses, video-conferencing,
and network and grid-based collaborative research

Preferred Qualifications

* Prior experience in the role of PI or Co-PI on funded research projects
* Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a
variety of disciplines
* Experience in working with students as academic or career advisor,
overseeing student internships, or service-learning activities
* Interest or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or
graduate, in research
* Interest or experience in working effectively with a diverse student

The ECE Department

The ECE Department offers B.S., M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degree
programs in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering with
enrollment of about 1,500 full-time undergraduate students and 600
graduate students.  In addition to the main Blacksburg campus, an
active research program and a full- and part-time graduate program are
located in the National Capital Region (metropolitan Washington, DC
area), with 12 full-time ECE faculty who interact closely with faculty
in Blacksburg.

The ECE Department has 78 tenured or tenure-track faculty members and
research expenditures exceeding $49 million annually.  The department
has programs that are among the nation’s largest and strongest in
power electronics, power systems, autonomous systems, wireless
communications and networking, cybersecurity, space science and remote
sensing, embedded systems, fiber optics and photonics, and
computational biology.  The department has additional emerging areas
of strength in biomedical applications, integrated microsystems and
nanotechnology.  The department is the beneficiary of the Bradley
Endowment valued in excess of $15 million.  For more information about
the ECE Department and the College of Engineering, please visit
www.ece.vt.edu and www.eng.vt.edu.

The University

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching
and learning, research, 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. We seek candidates who
adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental
to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to
create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its
members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates
to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

The Application Process

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum
vita, a research statement, a teaching statement, and a list of at
least three references electronically to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting
number TR0170126. Please follow carefully the instructions found on
the employment web site regarding the application submission process.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept paper applications. Paper
applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be
considered. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018, and
will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate
candidate. The anticipated start date is August, 2018.


Applications from women and other underrepresented populations in
engineering are especially encouraged.  Virginia Tech has a program
designed to support the retention and advancement of female faculty;
see www.advance.vt.edu.  Individuals with disabilities desiring
accommodation in the application process should notify K. Atkins,
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (540)
231-4136 or TDD/PC 1-800-828-1120 or Voice 1-800-828-1140.

Virginia Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pratap Tokekar
Assistant Professor
ECE, Virginia Tech

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