Space Systems and Robotics Faculty - West Virginia University

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications and nominations for multiple tenure-track faculty positions in the general areas of Space Systems and Robotics. The research track record of the successful candidates in these areas is considered to be more important than his/her particular focus or expertise in a highly specialized subject. These positions are anticipated to be filled starting in August 2018 at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending upon qualifications. 


Eligible candidates must hold an earned Doctorate degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, robotics engineering, or a closely related field, at the time of appointment. The successful candidate must have the ability to (1) teach lecture, laboratory or design courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, (2) develop and sustain an independent, nationally recognized, externally-sponsored research program, (3) collaborate within multi-disciplinary teams of faculty and other researchers across colleges and institutions, and (4) perform professional service activities. A notable record of peer-reviewed publications and other scholarly activities, effective communication skills, and evidence of potential to attract competitive research funding are required for these positions. Candidates for the rank of Associate Professor must also have an outstanding record of teaching, research and service.


West Virginia University is the comprehensive Land Grant University of the State of West Virginia with a main campus enrollment of over 29,000 students, and a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (i.e., R1 University). Morgantown and its vicinity have a population of about 137,000 residents and are ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities, such as the NASA's Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V), U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The city is located within reasonable driving distances from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. Additional details on the area and the university are available at and


The WVU Statler College currently has eight academic departments with over 4,700 students and 135 faculty members. It is nationally recognized for high quality teaching and research, as well as for its excellent faculty and students. The MAE Department has 35 tenure-track or tenured faculty members, over 700 undergraduate and 135 graduate students. It offers degrees at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels, including dual B.S. degrees in both aerospace and mechanical engineering. Members of MAE faculty and students participate in the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC). Our team has recently won the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge with a total of $855,000 in monetary prize.


To apply for this position, visit  Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two page research statement, a one page statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for at least three professional refer­ences. Review of applications will begin on April 2, 2018. Only candidates who submit complete documentation of professional quality will be considered in the review process. For further information, please contact the MAE department Chair, Dr. Jacky Prucz, by telephone (304-293-3131) or e-mail ( or visit the MAE website at


West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.