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Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty in Robotics

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

The Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering Departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder are currently seeking applications for tenure-track faculty positions with a focus in Robotics. Research topics of particular interest are centered on the engineering and application of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in robotics including perception, decision making, field robotics, natural language processing, and AI/ML techniques in autonomous systems. These positions are anticipated to be hired at the Assistant Professor rank; however, qualified candidates may be considered at the Associate Professor or Professor rank.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CU Boulder's Robotics Program ( is a new graduate program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science that was started in 2023. It is an interdisciplinary program that affiliates faculty from the Departments of Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering; Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering; and Aerospace Engineering Sciences. A total of 38 faculty members from the College instruct courses and advise graduate students as part of the Program. The final candidates for these opportunities can hold a tenure home in either the Department of Computer Science ( or the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering ( These departments include over 80 faculty combined and each serves 1,300 or more students. Both departments value interdisciplinary research and teaching.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Successful candidates will be expected to engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring; develop an externally funded research program in their technical area; contribute professional leadership and service to their unit, the college, and their professional community; and cultivate and contribute to the inclusive excellence of our academic community.
  • The typical distribution of work for this role is 40% teaching, 40% scholarly and creative work (research), and 20% leadership and service.

What You Should Know

  • The anticipated start date for this position is Fall 2024, but a later start date may be negotiated.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Applicants must have earned a research doctorate in computer science, engineering, mathematics, the physical sciences, or a relevant related field or have their degree conferred before starting a tenure-track faculty appointment.
  • Candidates being considered for appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank must meet University standards and unit criteria for tenure and promotion to the designated rank. This generally includes having an established and ongoing program of original research, a strong publication record, and demonstrated ability to obtain external funding as well as a record of high-quality teaching and mentoring.

What You Will Need

  • Candidates must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with the ability to teach and work in a highly collaborative environment. An understanding and appreciation for robotics fundamentals, as well as excellent management, communication, and organizational skills, along with a willingness to learn quickly, is required. 
  • Candidates should have prior teaching, research, and/or industry experience in robotics, computer science, mechanical engineering, or closely related fields. Research topics of particular interest are centered on the engineering and application of in robotics, including perception, decision making, field robotics, natural language processing, and AI/ML techniques in autonomous systems.
  • Candidates should be able to develop an externally funded research program that can include collaborations with colleagues throughout the Robotics program and the College and Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  • Candidates should be capable of teaching a wide range of undergraduate courses within the Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering departments, depending on their specialization. Candidates should also be capable of teaching core graduate courses as well as developing new graduate courses as part of the Robotics graduate program.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials as individual PDF files:
  1. Cover Letter: A one-page cover letter describing your interest in the position and summarizing your personal academic goals.
  2. Resume/CV: A current curriculum vitae.
  3. A Statement of Research Philosophy: A statement of your experience and plans for research and/or creative work that contributes to the body of knowledge in your field and provides broader benefits to education and society (2-3 pages).
  4. A Statement of Teaching Philosophy: A statement of your experience and plans for teaching and mentoring a diverse student body and developing inclusive pedagogy practices (2-3 pages).
  5. A Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion Statement: A statement on how your teaching, research, and leadership and service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Examples might include scholarly work, efforts to improve access to higher education for underserved individuals or groups, or other contributions to diverse communities. For guidance in writing this statement please see the link: (1-2 pages).
  6. Names and contact information for three or more references: During the application process, you will be asked to provide the contact information for at least three references who may be contacted as the search progresses. This individual listed here should be prepared to submit a letter of recommendation based on your professional qualifications to be considered along with your application materials. Please include the name, job title, phone number, and email address for each reference.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however for full consideration please apply by December 1, 2023. 

Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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