Department of Mechanical Engineering - Open Rank Professor, Robotics Research Specialty

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Mechanical Engineering

Position Title: Department of Mechanical Engineering - Open Rank Tenured/Tenure-Track Professor - Robotics Research Specialization
The Opportunity: The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for an open rank tenured or tenure-track faculty position with a robotics research specialization.  Mines has a highly-collaborative robotics research focus shared by five faculty members in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. Our current research expertise spans the following area: human robot cooperation, interaction, and teaming; robot planning and manipulation; long-term autonomy, perception, and GPS denied navigation; surgical automation; industrial inspection, repair, and additive manufacturing. Mines is looking to expand the current research agenda in the areas of advanced robotic locomotion, soft robotics, swarming systems, next-generation automated industrial systems, advanced manufacturing, or applied micro/nano-robotics.  Applicants must hold a PhD in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, and post-doctoral experience is preferred.

Successful candidates will be excited to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of engineers and leaders, and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research. We highly value applicants with the ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and secure research funding from a diverse array of sources (e.g., federal, state, industry and private). We seek candidates who can contribute to the education and preparation of our students. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional educational experiences and seek applicants who can contribute to our students’ development and preparation. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

About Mines, the Department, and Golden, CO:

Colorado School of Mines is located in picturesque Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of Denver and 21 miles south of Boulder. The school’s proximity to Denver and Boulder provides opportunities for significant collaboration with government labs and industry, as well as other universities. 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is focused on education and both basic and applied research that addresses problems of national interest in the areas of thermal-fluid systems, operations engineering, advanced manufacturing, bio-mechanics, robotics, and solid mechanics and materials. Undergraduate enrollment in mechanical engineering is 1,379 full-time students, with approximately 21 percent women and 18 percent underrepresented students. We maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$12M in annual research awards), with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Approximately 187 graduate students (19 percent women, 18 percent underrepresented) study within a broad research portfolio. Major specialty programs for mechanical engineering undergraduate and graduate students include aerospace, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and automotive engineering.

Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus ( Our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship supports students and faculty as they attempt to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access and supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, and ensuring shared responsibility (

Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the above values facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement, we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared passion for inquiry and innovation. For more information visit

How to Apply:

Apply by December 1, 2019 for full consideration, applicants who apply after this date may or may not be considered.  

The application must include:

  1. a curriculum vitae, statement of research (3 pg),
  2. a statement of teaching (1pg),
  3. a statement of contributions to diversity and Inclusion (1 pg),
  4. and a cover letter expressing interest in the position with names and contact information for at least 3 references.

Contributions to D&I: Candidates should submit a 1-page statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit The diversity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

Research Statement: Describe how your research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected impact, its relevance to broader grand challenge themes (e.g., energy, health, sustainability, etc.), and current or future connections to industry and opportunities for entrepreneurship. Please be sure to describe any transdisciplinary aspects of your research. (for more information visit and

Teaching Statement: Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. We are committed to high quality, exciting online instruction. In addition to your teaching philosophy and experience, describe any experience you have in online education.

Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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