Job ID: 197749

Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Saint Louis University

  • Oct. 25, 2022
  • Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • Saint Louis University
    Saint Louis, MO
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Robotics
    Mechanical Engineering
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Science

The School of Science and Engineering at Saint Louis University (SLU) seeks dynamic, collegial, collaborative, and creative applicants for a full-time (9-month), tenure-track faculty position as the Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Professor in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Applicants should be dedicated to performing ground-breaking, funded research in robotics and autonomous systems. We take a broad view of this field and encourage applicants whose work focuses on topics traditionally associated with robotics and autonomous systems as well as those focused on newer areas like mechatronics, advanced manufacturing and smart materials, cyber-human systems, and others. 

Applicants should also be motivated to deliver engaging, hands-on learning experiences to undergraduate and graduate engineering students in a team-oriented, student-focused environment. We particularly seek applicants with diverse backgrounds and an interest in contributing to our outreach and mission-oriented community engagement activities. Appointments are targeted for the Assistant Professor level; however, candidates with exceptional qualifications will be considered for appointment at a higher level. The successful candidate will be nominated for designation as a Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems: the Luce Program (link) guidelines restrict Luce professorships to women who are recent or early-career PhDs and who are U.S. citizens or have permanent residency in the U.S. As such, applicants who identify as female will be prioritized. This unique opportunity provides future STEM leaders with resources to develop their research/teaching portfolios with the support of generous professional development funds for use in travel, student funding, research equipment, or childcare. 

The CBL professorship is an excellent opportunity for the recipient to develop a strong interdisciplinary research program in a supportive, nurturing environment designed to ensure success. The CBL professor will have the opportunity to collaborate with diverse researchers, attract world-class students, and move ideas from the laboratory into the marketplace. This position is an opportunity to augment and complement our college’s existing strengths in autonomous aerial and ground vehicles, space systems, medical robotics, and haptic interfaces. The primary goal of this position is for the CBL Professor to launch a successful career as an engineering faculty member and catalyze a well-established robotics and autonomous systems program at SLU.



·       Develop, deliver, and assess engineering courses in support of the college’s teaching mission

·       Establish a vibrant and productive research laboratory and actively engage in scholarly activities including publishing in peer reviewed journals, dissemination at conferences, and seeking external funding

·       Contribute to the growth of a robotics and autonomous systems program in both teaching and research

·       Create inclusive, engaging teaching and research experiences to develop entrepreneurially minded and socially conscious engineers

·       Mentor undergraduate and graduate students 

·       Participate in departmental, college, university and professional service activities


Minimum Qualifications:

·       A PhD in robotics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or a closely related field

·       Demonstrated excellence in research and scholarly activity, including peer reviewed journal and conference papers, grant writing, mentoring students, and developing an independent research agenda

·       Excellence in teaching as demonstrated through previous teaching and teaching preparation experiences

·       Desire to engage with SLU’s mission-driven learning and outreach activities

·       U.S. citizen or current (permanent) resident


Preferred Qualifications:

·       Post-doctoral fellowship experience in robotics, autonomous systems, or a related disciplinary area

·       Relevant teaching experience that promotes hands-on, experiential learning in Robotics and Autonomous Systems or related disciplinary areas

·       Established record of interdisciplinary collaboration and impactful research work in robotics and autonomous systems

·       Demonstrated ability and vision to collaborate and build a multidisciplinary initiative in pursuit of enhancing undergraduate and graduate education


Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, healthcare, and service. The newly formed School of Science and Engineering, founded in 2022, is interdisciplinary by design – bringing together our engineering departments (Aerospace and Mechanical, Biomedical, Civil, and Electrical and Computer Engineering) with our Aviation, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences departments. The School offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degrees, and our faculty hold funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Siemens, and the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation

Application Procedures: Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, application, curriculum vitae, a list of professional/academic references and statements of research and teaching philosophy.  

Covid 19/Booster Vaccination Requirement:

Saint Louis University requires COVID-19 vaccinations and a booster dose for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Saint Louis University, you will be/are required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination is required before the start of employment in order to work at Saint Louis University. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to begin the vaccination process at the time of your first day of employment and submit proof of full vaccination within 30 days of your start date. Exemptions may be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. Failure to comply with the vaccine requirement within 30 days of an employee’s start date will result in termination of the employment.  Proof of vaccine will be submitted through an online portal made available to you during your Workday onboarding tasks.

  •  Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.



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