The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of
California, Davis, invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the
Assistant Professor level in these areas: 1) Multibody & System Dynamics, and 2)
Machine Design & Robotics.
Multi-Body & System Dynamics: The Department has long-standing research
strengths in multi-body & system dynamics, with applications to alternative powertrain
and vehicle dynamics, manufacturing automation, biomechanics, space vehicle design,
and autonomous/remotely-operated systems. The candidate is expected to have a
strong background in dynamics, systems design and analysis, and controls as applied
to one or more of these areas. The candidate is also expected to teach courses in his or
her areas of expertise, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses including
dynamics and systems design and analysis. The new position is expected to extend and
complement existing efforts in these areas.
Mechanical Design & Robotics: Mechanical design and robotics are core areas of
research focus in the Department. These fields are concerned with the design and
integration of mechanical components with power sources, sensors and actuators, and
software to reliably accomplish complex tasks. Applications may include (but are not
limited to) design of machines and equipment, novel manufacturing systems, field
applications of robotics such as in automated highway maintenance, robotic vehicles
and autonomous systems, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and space applications of
robotics. The candidate is expected to have a strong background in mechanical design
and robotics as applied to one or more of these areas. The candidate is also expected
to teach courses in his or her areas or expertise, as well as undergraduate and
graduate courses in mechanical design and robotics. The new position is expected to
extend and complement existing efforts in these areas.
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. UC
Davis was ranked #10 among all public universities by US News & World Report in
2019. Among all universities nationwide, UC Davis was ranked #30 in terms of total
research & development expenditures by the National Science Foundation in 2017.
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 PhD degree or equivalent in mechanical
engineering, aerospace engineering, or a related field. Applicants must be able to teach
and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical and/or aerospace
engineering. Candidates whose research interests complement and extend existing
research strengths are particularly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should submit all materials via the web-based, online submission
system at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02703. Required materials include a CV,
research and teaching statements, names and contact information for three references
and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity that highlights past efforts to encourage
Inquiries should be directed to:
Professor Rida T. Farouki
Search Committee Chair
Multibody & System Dynamics – Machine Design & Robotics
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
The positions are open until filled, but to ensure full consideration, applications must
be received by May 31, 2019.
UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer, is a NSF
ADVANCE institution, 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.