Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri 63101
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The School of Engineering in Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology 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 the area of robotics and autonomous systems and have the potential to build an exceptional national/international research reputation. 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 child care.


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, 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. Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, founded in 1927, offers academic programs of excellence that integrate the education of the whole person with classroom and hands-on experiences in the major field of study.  Laboratory coursework and undergraduate research are hallmarks of the student learning experience at Saint Louis University.  The college offers ABET accredited Bachelor's degree programs in Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and AABI accredited bachelor’s degrees in Flight Science and Aviation Management.  M.S. and Ph.D. programs in engineering and aviation are also offered.


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.


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