Assistant Professor in Machinery Systems Engineering

University of Wisconsin Madison

United States



The Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking candidates for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level specializing in advanced agricultural machinery systems and automation engineering.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.



The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a nationally recognized research program through extramural funding. Research areas may include, but are not limited to:

* Advanced machine development, machine design, automated and autonomous machines, robotics, and innovative machine forms applied to environmental and agricultural systems.

* Digital agriculture through the integration of machines, mechatronics, sensors, machine learning and control, and data analytics.

* Physical systems modeling of soil-machine or crop-machine interaction using advanced discrete element modeling or similar techniques.

Candidates should demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach in their research and a willingness to work with other faculty members engaged in a college-wide data science initiative. The candidate should demonstrate the potential to develop, externally fund and maintain an active research program. The candidate should be able to teach core engineering courses in the Machinery Systems area and have a passion for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The Department of Biological Systems Engineering is committed to advancing diversity in all areas, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter and indicate their experience, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

This tenure-track position will be a nine-month research and teaching appointment. In addition, the appointment requires a commitment to outreach and service to the university and external stakeholders. The position's principal duties will include:

* Developing an externally-funded research program and publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals;

* Teaching undergraduate/graduate courses in Biological Systems Engineering and contributing to other courses in the curriculum;

* Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students; and

* Contributing to outreach and service functions of the Department, College, University and professional societies.

The position carries a commitment to the three functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach/service, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank.



UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.



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Apply online at "Jobs at UW" (, under job number 96291. Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system.

To begin the application process, please click on "Apply Now."

A review of applications will begin in December 2018 with an appointment start date of August 2019. Applicants will be asked to upload the following materials:

(1) cover letter,

(2) curriculum vitae,

(3) a statement indicating your interest in this position and your research and teaching philosophy,

(4) transcripts, and

(5) the names and contact information of three references.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding an applicant will be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

The deadline for ensuring full consideration is January 11, 2019, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

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