Columbus State University — Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering

Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering

Job ID: 243556
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Founded in 1958, Columbus State University, with an enrollment of nearly 8,000, is part of the University System of Georgia. CSU offers more than 70 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is ranked among the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Columbus, located 100 miles southwest of Atlanta and the second-largest city in Georgia, is recognized as a vibrant and contemporary cultural community –

Columbus State University has a nationally recognized track record of partnership and outreach through efforts such as the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and its own residence – the Spencer House – in Oxford, England. The University has two primary campus locations in Columbus, Georgia: the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and a beautiful campus in historic downtown Columbus overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The Columbus region, with more than 350,000 residents, is home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. For additional information about the University visit our website at

Inclusion is one of Columbus State University's values. The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan specifically states that we will work “to attain a level of diversity among faculty and staff that more closely reflects the student population.” The range of diverse students at CSU is reflected by the diverse student organizations, including Collegiate 100 Men of CSU, Collegiate Women of Columbus State University, Minority Association of Premedical/Prehealth Students, Pride +, CHispA, and others.

Job Summary
The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Columbus State University (CSU) invites applications for a full time, tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering. Columbus State is leading the region with a new Bachelor's and Master's of Science degree in Robotics Engineering and is one of the few pioneering institutions offering this exciting opportunity with a 4+1 option. This innovative program was designed in partnership with industry and military experts.

The College of Letters and Sciences values cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

Columbus State University expects faculty to be involved in a balance of teaching, research, and service activities. The successful candidate will be able to foster an environment of professionalism and collaboration; demonstrate an exceptional ability to function as part of a team with University faculty and the local community; and engage in practices that support the University's focus on student engagement and active learning.

The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Robotics Engineering, oversee student research, and advise and mentor students. Candidates must be able to develop and design new courses and laboratories in Robotics Engineering. The current teaching load is 12 hours per semester

Required Qualifications
Candidates must have a Doctorate in an Engineering field related to robotics, with a background in Mechanical Engineering or a closely-related discipline. Candidates must also have effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; a proficiency in the use of AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or other 2D and 3D modeling software, as well as programming languages including C, C++, Matlab, and Python.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred qualifications include specialized experience in one or more of the following areas: Kinematics and dynamics of multi-linked manipulators, multi-agent systems, and/or three-dimensional modeling, synthesis, and application of robot systems with materials including wood, metal, and/or 3D-printed plastics. Preference will also be given to candidates with expertise in the application of robotics including, but not limited to Human-robot interaction, computer vision, robotic manipulation, soft robotics, machine learning, applications of robots in space, and military applications of robotics.

Required Documents to Attach

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts (Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be received prior to an offer being extended)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Statement of Service
  • Three references with e-mails and current telephone numbers

Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Floyd Jackson, Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907; Phone: 706-569-3031; or email to

Conditions of Employment
Successful completion of a criminal background investigation and legal authorization to work in the US prior to employment is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Columbus State University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a sense of belongingness for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. It is the policy of Columbus State University to recruit, hire, train, promote, and educate persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Special Applicant Instructions
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for an interview. Applicants must meet the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline.

All applications and required documents must be submitted using Columbus State University's online employment site and a complete packet must be submitted for full consideration. If applicable, any international transcripts must be evaluated by an approved foreign credential evaluator prior to submission.

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