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Assistant Professor - Dynamic Systems

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

Assistant Professor - Dynamic Systems


The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, (Cal Poly) invites qualified applications to apply for two fulltime, academic year, tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in the area of dynamic systems.  This is an opportunity for candidates who are passionate about undergraduate education to join a unique institution that values teaching and applied research activities through a “Learn by Doing” approach.  Preferred specializations include autonomous systems, electric vehicles, vehicle dynamics and control, robotics, artificial intelligence/intelligent systems, machine learning, and other applications of data analytics in dynamic systems and control. Primary teaching assignments will be in dynamics, vibrations, controls, mechatronics and other foundational and advanced mechanics courses.  Starting Date is September 12, 2022. 

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community.  Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences, and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.  Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention.  California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field in the general area of Dynamic Systems and are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence and scholarly activity at the university level. Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. As teachers, all faculty members are expected to exhibit strong pedagogic skills and to remain proficient and current in their disciplines. As scholars, faculty members are expected to maintain competency in the field and enhance the vitality of our programs through undergraduate and masters level research. As colleagues, it is expected that every faculty member performs service activities at all levels of the University. An ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administration from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds is essential. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.


Preference will also be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence in university level teaching and research, experience with laboratory-based instruction, industrial experience, and willingness to teach in multiple areas of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The candidate is expected to be driven with a passion for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as be engaged in scholarship. Prior engineering industry experience and professional licensure is preferable, but not required.

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse university community that reflects and serves the population of California. Applicants must submit a diversity statement that displays evidence of the applicant’s ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment including implementing inclusive classroom environments, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to underrepresented student populations and implementing bias mitigation. Candidates with significant experience in working with underrepresented students in research, teaching, service, advising, mentoring or community engagement are preferred.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. NOTE: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

Faculty employees who wish to apply for permanent residency will be responsible for retaining an immigration attorney. All filing and attorney's fees will be incurred by the faculty member.

For health and wellbeing, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community. 

The California State University system is requiring that all employees and students accessing campus be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by September 20, 2021. Accordingly, you may be required to show proof of vaccination by your start date.  You can find more information here.  Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


As a premier comprehensive polytechnic university, Cal Poly is ranked as the best public masters university in the western U.S, while its Mechanical Engineering program is also ranked as one of the best public masters level programs in the United States.  The program has a strong focus on undergraduate and masters level education through a laboratory intensive, hands-on curriculum.  Our 50+ tenured, tenure-track, and lecturer/adjunct faculty are dedicated engineers with a passion for teaching, innovative applied research, interacting with students, and advising student club activities.  Our students have unfettered access to excellent shop facilities in which they convert their designs into working prototypes.   For more information about the department, please visit

Cal Poly offers generous benefits for our faculty which can be found here:



Interested applicants should complete the required online faculty application at and submit to Job #506188.

Candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on teaching, (4) a statement on research, (5) a statement on Diversity as described in the preferred qualifications section above, and 6) copies of unofficial transcripts (sealed official transcripts confirming that the doctorate has been completed are required prior to appointment).  

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.  For questions, please contact Dr. Charlene Birdsong at

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