University of Akron

Position ID:University of Akron-ASSISTPROFTTENGINEERING [#24047]
Position Title: Assistant Professor Tenured Track – Electrical and Computer Engineering
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Akron, Ohio 45449, United States
Subject Area: Engineering Education
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/12/21, finished 2023/12/23, listed until 2023/06/21)
Position Description:    

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Assistant Professor Tenured Track – Electrical and Computer Engineering 2 positions available The University of Akron

Position Summary The University of Akron, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is seeking applicants for two full-time tenure track (TT) positions at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023 in emerging areas of power and controls. Research is a critical aspect of these positions and candidates will be expected to establish nationally recognized research programs and attract external competitive funding from federal, state and industry sources. The successful candidates will actively mentor and educate graduate and undergraduate students. Additional duties include updating and maintaining lecture and laboratory courses, technical currency, actively participating in the university, college, department, and program committee work, assessment/accreditation responsibilities, student recruitment, and other duties as assigned.

Applications are especially sought from candidates with expertise in the following areas: Position 1: (14020) • Power systems, power electronics and smart grids • Electric machines and motor drives • Renewable and alternative energy systems • Electrification of transportation

Position 2: (14026) • Control systems applications, such as distributed and autonomous systems • Robotics • Data-driven approaches, optimization, machine learning and AI

About the Department The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a well-established unit in the College of Engineering and Polymer Science. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as BS and AAS degrees in EEET. There are currently 16 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members in the department. The department will be hiring 4 new faculty members starting Fall 2023. Faculty within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering currently pursue research in power and energy systems, control systems, electronics, networking and communications, cybersecurity, sensors, AI and machine learning, and computational electromagnetics. There are state of the art research and teaching laboratories and testing facilities. Center of Advanced Vehicles and Energy Systems (CAVES) hosts a DOE funded commercial dynamometer facility, prototyping and testing facilities for power electronics, sensors, electronic circuits, batteries, electric machines, renewable energy systems, power distribution and transmission network. The department hosts a high power microgrid test bed for the integration of renewable energy systems. CAVES has worked with 50+ companies over the past 10 years and attracted over $25M funding for research in the areas of power, control and sensors. For more information, please visit

Required Qualifications An earned Ph.D. in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or a closely related area. Applicants must demonstrate a track record of research with publications based on prior research work and the ability to carry out nationally competitive research in emerging areas of power and controls. Applicants must be able to teach graduate and undergraduate courses relevant to their area of research, and direct Master’s and Ph.D. student research while preparing them for competitive careers in academia and industry.

Compensation and Benefits The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.

About UA The University of Akron is a vibrant community driven by collaboration, partnership and a steadfast determination to provide opportunity and success to all learners The University of Akron believes diversity is a vital element of an equitable and thriving workplace. A diverse workforce is essential as we strive to create a dynamic academic environment that prepares students to be citizens of the world around them, and as we deepen the value we place on our connection to the Greater Akron community. We celebrate the power of uniqueness, and the strength that coalesces when unique voices are heard. We seek to empower employees to lead in their colleges, departments, offices and divisions. People of all backgrounds work on our campus every day, and we value the contribution of each individual in their commitment to a better University of Akron. We welcome candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists and leaders. Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights – and we want you to join us. Bring your voice. Bring your uniqueness. Bring you. We are Akron. We rise together. For more information about The University of Akron or the Akron community please visit our About UA page.

Application Instructions To apply for these positions, you must complete the on-line application (Job ID 14020 or 14026) and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, research statement, teaching statement, and a list of three professional references to your profile. Please include contact information, relationship, and email addresses for your professional references. After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. A resume/curriculum vitae will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application. For assistance with your application or attachments please call Derek Brown in Human Resources at 330-972-8402.

Application Deadline Open until filled, however, review of applicants will begin January 31, 2023.

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Background Check Statement The University of Akron is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and employees. The University endeavors to protect the health, welfare and safety of all students, employees and visitors on our campus. As such, all offers of employment with The University of Akron are contingent upon verification of credentials, proof of Covid-19 vaccination, and satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. Some positions may require additional credit investigation and a pre-employment driving record search.

New hires must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, if vaccines are available and the employee is eligible, at time of hire. If a new employee is not fully vaccinated at the time of hire, the offer of employment will be contingent upon the employee becoming fully vaccinated within 60 days of hire, unless a qualifying medical or religious exemption is granted.

Equal Employment Opportunity The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office ( The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at

Ohio is State of Residence It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.

Comments We value employees who are as diverse as our students; candidates who can contribute to what makes us unique are preferred.

About UA and College of Engineering and Polymer Sciences The University of Akron is a public research university in Akron, Ohio. It is part of the University System of Ohio offering about 200 undergraduate and more than 100 graduate majors. The University offers over 16,000 students a wide variety of in-demand associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs with a career-focused emphasis.

The faculty and students conduct extensive research in focused areas of excellence, contributing to the vitality of the local economy, and providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines. With nearly 4,000 students and a strong 100-year-old history, the College of Engineering and Polymer Science (CEPS) is one of the most-sought-out engineering colleges in Ohio. The college offers a vibrant multidisciplinary environment with programs in aerospace systems, biomedical, civil, chemical, corrosion, computer, electrical, mechanical, and polymer engineering, as well as programs in computer science and information systems, polymer science, and several technology programs. CEPS also maintains a rich network of centers, institutes, and research labs that combine faculty expertise with industry partnerships and student learning. As one of the largest employers in the region, The University of Akron is creating a community and workforce committed to making a difference in the lives of our students and in the region. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package to qualified candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists, and leaders.

About the Area Akron is only 40 minutes from Cleveland, 30 minutes from Canton and about two hours from both Columbus and Pittsburgh. With a population of nearly 200,000, Akron is perfect for those looking for a big city with a small-town feel. With more than 20 distinct neighborhoods, the city offers residents a wide array of benefits including a vibrant downtown, delicious dining, diverse and thriving arts and cultural scene and outdoor activities, including the San Run Metro Park with more than 41 miles of hiking trails and Towpath Trail with 87 miles of Ohio’s most scenic countryside and numerous small lakes. The city is further supported by public transportation including buses, Amtrak and the Akron-Canton Airport. Akron enjoys a cost of living 30.5% below the national average. The city has a strong pro-business climate and is strategically located to promote opportunities. Akron is the corporate home to numerous companies such as Summa Health Systems, Goodyear, Timken, Bridgestone Firestone. The companies and government labs within 30 miles include Lockheed Martin, Parker Hannifin, Cleveland Clinic, Eaton, NASA Glenn Research, Pepperl+Fuchs, Safran Aerospace, ABB Automation, Rockwell Automation, Bendix CVS, Diebold. The new IC manufacturing site of Intel is within 90 miles from Akron.

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