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Assistant, Associate or Full Professor Robotics & Autonomous Systems / Umkc School of Science & Engineering / Energy, Matter & Systems Division

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Job Location:
Mechanical Engineering
Hiring Department




Division of Energy, Matter and Systems (EMS)

The Division of Energy, Matter and Systems (EMS) is one of the four Divisions under the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at UMKC. The EMS Division includes the Faculties of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Chemistry (CHEM), and Physics & Astronomy (P&A). The Faculties of ME and ECE under the EMS Division of the School of Science and Engineering at UMKC have undergone exciting growth in recent years. The Faculty of ECE currently holds the record of the highest active research grants per tenure-system faculty on the UMKC Campus. In addition to individual single-PI grants and projects, the Faculties of ME and ECE currently have many collaborative grants and multidisciplinary projects with the School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and other STEM and non-STEM units across the campus and beyond. The Faculties of ME and ECE have been instrumental behind the establishment and continued success of the Missouri Institute of Defense and Energy (MIDE), which has become one of the most successful platforms in the entire University of Missouri System in terms of sponsored research and academia-industry-government agency collaboration. MIDE is founded on bridging fundamental physics with applied engineering to solve longstanding challenges in the defense, energy, and related commercial sectors. As of 2023, MIDE has secured $60M in externally awarded grants and contracts, and supports over 100 students, faculty, and staff. In 2015, MIDE was presented with the R&D100 award for a defense technology that led to two small businesses and two licensed patents. Two MIDE faculty received the Intel Outstanding Researcher award for their work on next-generation transistors. They are the only recipients from the University of Missouri System since the award's inauguration in 2012.

The EMS Division has been involved in the University of Missouri System's NextGen Data Science and Analytics Innovation Center (dSAIC), which supports university research across the state and plays a critical role in health, business, and workforce development across Kansas City and the region. The EMS Division is the home to the NSF IUCRC Center of Big Learning (CBL), which focuses on deep learning acceleration, model compression, image and video compression, remote sensing, and vision. CBL currently has several transdisciplinary projects sponsored by NSF programs, such as Smart Connected Community (SCC) and Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) and aims to improve AI and Data Science research and education. The interdisciplinary and multi-campus collaboration activities have created an open, collaborative research and education platform. Examples include NIH and NSF funded research projects in AI/Machine Learning for Virtual Surgery, Bioinformatics and more with the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing as well as St Luke's Medical Center, Children's Mercy Research Institute, and Stowers Institute for Medical Research. The Faculty of ME has been leading UMKC's efforts to establish new programs in Aeronautical Engineering, Robotics, Remote Surgery, and Sustainable Manufacturing.

Job Description


To support the remarkable developments and future growth opportunities, UMKC has decided to launch a cluster hiring initiative within the Division of Energy, Matter and Systems (EMS). As part of this cluster hiring, the EMS Division is seeking applications for one (1) tenure-track/tenured faculty position in Robotics & Autonomous Systems jointly under the Faculties of ME and ECE at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, starting in Fall 2024.

Areas of interest for the Robotics & Autonomous Systems Position:  We encourage candidates with experience and interest in all areas of Robotics & Autonomous Systems to apply with particular emphasis on: Biomechanical/Rehabilitation Robotics; Unmanned Aircraft; Human-Machine Teaming; Multi-Agent Systems; Automated Manufacturing; AI/ML in Robotics, and others. Successful applicants will have access to the state-of-the-art labs and centers related to Motion Capture, Robotics, UAV & Drone, Augmented & Virtual Reality, and other facilities at the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) and the Missouri Institute of Defense and Energy (MIDE). These facilities have been used to support $60M in externally awarded grants and contracts from various federal agencies including DOD, NSF, and NIH.

The successful candidates are expected to:

(1) develop and sustain an extramurally funded research program;

(2) have a strong commitment to teaching courses in the department's undergraduate and graduate programs;

(3) engage in departmental, school, or university services appropriate to the position; and

(4) advance the goals and strategic plan of UMKC.

The primary objective of this new tenure-track or tenured faculty position is to strengthen UMKC's sponsored research mission. Therefore, young candidates with clear understanding and motivation or senior candidates with strong track records of pursuing competitive and peer reviewed external research grants will be preferred. 



The candidates must have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering or a closely related discipline from a well-recognized and comprehensive research university.

Anticipated Hiring Range


Salary is competitive and commensurate with rank, credentials, qualifications, prior success in externally funded research, and experience.

Application Materials


For consideration, you must apply online at, click in Academic Positions, Job Opening ID 49710.

Application materials include:

-       personal letter of interest and applicable experience

-       curriculum vitae

-       a research statement including potential for or success in obtaining externally funded research

-       a teaching statement, and

-       a current list of 5 references with correct contact information

Combine all materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment.  Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

-       If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email .

-       For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 49710 and name of the position.

-       Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. 

Application Deadline


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, interested candidates are encouraged to submit applications by January 15, 2024, for full consideration. 

Other Information


Full-time, benefit-eligible 9-month ranked faculty appointment on the tenure-track or eligible for tenure.

Our academic schedules and workload promote a positive work/life balance.


The School of Science and Engineering recently added a new 58000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility at the cost of $40 million to support multidisciplinary education, research, and economic development initiatives. Some of the key components of this new facility are NextGen Data Science and Analytics Innovation Center (dSAIC), Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab, Robotics Lab, Motion Capture Lab, UAV & Drone Lab, Innovation Studio & 3D Printing Lab, and High-Performance Computing Lab. In addition to the BS (ABET-accredited), MS, and Ph.D. programs, the Faculties of ME and ECE are playing key roles in several new interdisciplinary degree programs in Biomedical Engineering and Cybersecurity

UMKC is in the heart of Kansas City, a world-class computing and engineering hub home to companies such as Cerner, Ericsson, IBM, SS&C, Garmin, urns & McDonnell, Black & Veatch, and Honeywell (defense contracts) that provide enriching educational partnerships for SSE students and faculty. Recently, Kansas City and Missouri are named tech hubs for biologics and biomanufacturing by the US Economic Development Administration. The regional proposal was led by BioNexus KC, with UMKC as an academic partner.

A City on the Rise:  Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds - a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of business activity, cultural arts, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!) and health science research engagement for both the Volker and Health Sciences campuses. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, and a rich history of music and performing arts. Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts all within an easy drive.

Benefit Eligibility


This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at


Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.
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