The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for the following positions in the areas listed below.
- Postdoctoral Associate – ASIM Lab:The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech is looking for a Post-Doctoral Associate to work in its Autonomous Systems and Intelligent Machines (ASIM) Laboratory under the supervision of Professor Azim Eskandarian (Head of the ME Department and Nicholas and Rebecca Des Champs Professor). The successful candidate is required to have a PhD in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or another related engineering field, and experience in one or more of the following areas: control systems modeling, design, and implementation; signal processing; sensor fusion; autonomous systems; machine learning; mobile robotics; and connected intelligent/autonomous vehicle systems, along with programming experience in C/C++/Python or similar languages for hardware/machine interface and robots. Additional expertise and prior work in related areas such as SLAM and robotic operating systems, navigation, situational awareness and collision avoidance, distributed sensor networks, multi-robot coordination, vehicular active safety and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicular communications, man-machine interface, neuroengineering, and Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI) are also highly desirable.
- Program Coordinator – National Capital Region: The Program Coordinator is in charge of meeting and surpassing the goals and objectives for the educational programs offered by the Mechanical Engineering department in Northern Virginia. This is accomplished by ensuring that all activities and functions for a designated program be completed in accordance with stated priorities, time limitations, funding limitations, and/or other specifications. Sample responsibilities include but are not limited to, assistance to advertising, marketing, and outreach for a graduate program which is an extension of the Main Campus offerings, assistance to initiate a successful program, development of publicity material for the program, coordination with main campus and NCR staff for course offerings and scheduling of distance learning classrooms, coordination of the program with other College of Engineering programs and liaisons at NCR, coordination with other Virginia Tech units such as Alumni Office, office of the Dean and other departments at NCR as necessary, establishing a communication approach for prompt responses to inquiries about the program, services for guidance and advising to enrolled students and assistance for a variety of functions such as registration, developing program of study, creating/matching links to faculty and advisers (at both NCR and Blacksburg Campuses), organizing/processing thesis and dissertation applications, and academic procedural advising and counseling, among others.
Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers (www.advance.vt.edu).
Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population. Virginia Tech’s Mechanical Engineering (which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program), has more than 62 faculty, annual research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 310 graduate students with more than 100 students at doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 14th and 22nd out of all mechanical engineering programs in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College level centers such as the recently established Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics, and the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS); and state level industry-academic research centers such as the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).