Tenured Faculty Position in System Dynamics and Control
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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California at Davis has a tenured position available in the area of System Dynamics and Control. The candidate must have a background and interest in the general areas of modeling, analysis, simulation and control of physical engineering systems. Most importantly, the candidate must have a demonstrated expertise in automotive vehicle dynamics and control as it is anticipated that the candidate will assume the directorship of the recently established Hyundai Center of Excellence in Vehicle Dynamic Systems and Control. The candidate should also have interests in a broad spectrum of application areas of automatic control including but not limited to manufacturing, acoustics and noise control, and robotic systems. The candidate will be expected to conduct academic research as well as interface with industrial partners.
The Department has a long tradition in automotive systems research, development and demonstration including applications and research projects in active and semi-active suspension systems, continuous variable transmissions, electromechanical actuator design, electronically controlled steering, modeling of vehicle dynamics, heavy vehicle simulation, wheeled robots, analysis of fuel management systems, and fuel cells and battery system design and optimization.
The Department has complementary strengths in the areas of design and manufacturing, aerospace engineering, engineering in medicine, and energy systems. The latter, in addition to automotive systems, includes research on renewable energy conversion systems, combustion, energy efficiency, and the environment. Many of these systems have complex dynamic characteristics and require feedback systems for control. Moreover, the Department activities are complemented by an active and vibrant Institute of Transportation Studies and a graduate program in Transportation Technology and Policy.
UC Davis is a comprehensive university for innovation, transforming lives and strengthening California's global leadership. Through academic collaboration and strategic partnerships, UC Davis leads innovation at the intersection of the world's most critical issues, including food, water, health, society, energy, and the environment. According to a survey by the National Science Foundation, UC Davis ranked 10th among public universities in the nation and 15th among all research universities in research and development expenditures in fiscal year 2009-10.
Davis is a pleasant, family-oriented community in a college-town setting with excellent public schools, a mild climate, and agricultural surroundings. The town is ideally located for many professional, cultural and recreational activities. Davis is only 15 miles from California's capital city of Sacramento and is within easy driving distance of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sierra Nevada mountains, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and the Pacific Coast areas.
To be considered, applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering or a related field and experience that merits appointment to the tenured title of Associate or Full Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Also, applicants must possess an excellent record of accomplishment in research, demonstrated expertise in automotive vehicle dynamics and control, and ability to obtain extramural funds. Applicants must be able to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering.
Interested candidates should submit all materials via the web-based, online submission system here. Required materials include a CV, research and teaching statements, and names and contact information of at least five references. Inquiries should be directed to:
Prof. C.P. (Case) van Dam
Search Committee Chair
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
The position is open until filled, but to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by August 31, 2013.
UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. UC Davis welcomes all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.