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Honors Faculty in Automation for Sociotechnical Systems
Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia
Date Posted 04/12/2021
Science-Computer Sciences
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
The Calhoun Discovery Program (CDP) at the Virginia Tech Honors College ( in partnership with the Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS, is announcing an opening for a Collegiate Assistant Professor position in Automation for Sociotechnical Systems.
The position is focused on novel educational approaches that can facilitate the development of automation related skills for students within a sociotechnical systems context. The appointee will be expected to take a lead role in the following collaborative activities:

  • Development of educational modules on topics related to automation for non-engineering majors, and advanced educational modules on automation for all majors that will be integrally related to the applied work the students are doing.
  • Creating an applied automation curriculum that is modular, adaptive, and accessible by all majors involved in socio-technical systems.
  • Development and delivery of automation components of undergraduate research projects with the industry and non-profit partners of the program for honors students from all disciplines participating in the CDP.
  • Collaborative research in adaptive and collaborative pedagogy in socio-technical systems with other CDP faculty and VT colleagues as well as industry and non-profit partners.

This is a Collegiate Faculty position (non-tenure, long term renewable contracts with promotion path) at the rank of assistant professor. The appointee will be expected to mentor highly motivated honors students, to contribute to the overall development of CDP and ICTAS, to participate in college- and university-level service, committee work, and other duties as assigned, and to pursue a program of personal research in areas related to the position description. The appointee in this position will hold an affiliate status with a related department in the College of Engineering

Please submit a CV along with a cover letter explaining your interest in the position. Review of materials will start on May 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD in electrical and computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, or other disciplines related to automation.
  • A demonstrated thorough theoretical and conceptual knowledge in automation.
  • Experience in engineering education, project-based learning, and design of complex systems.
  • A strong record of academic and/or industry accomplishments and the proven ability to work collaboratively.
  • Experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research and instruction and a willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries to address complex societal challenges in a transdisciplinary manner.
  • Proven ability to teach undergraduate courses in both thematic and methods topics and/or mentor undergraduate students in developing interdisciplinary capacities.
  • Interest in working with industry on preparing a workforce for the 21st century

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in interdisciplinary design teams with collaborators from fields such as technology, business, and social sciences and/or humanities.
  • Previous experience in project-based learning.
  • Research experience in inter- and transdisciplinary learning.
  • An interest in the intersection of technology development and social responsibility.
  • A commitment to diversity in the university and work community.
  • Experience in industry collaborations.

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The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Heather Nolen at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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