Job Details

University of Texas at El Paso
  • Position Number: 2497787
  • Location: El Paso, TX
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science

Assistant/Associate Professor- Autonomous Systems

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is America's leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, UTEP is a public research university that transforms lives. Ninety-four percent of UTEP's nearly 25,000 students are minorities, and many are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, students have access to 168 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. Located in the second-most educated city in Texas, UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them. It is one of only 28 institutions in the U.S. and 3 in Texas to hold both top tier research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Foundation.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $108 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.

The University employs approximately 4,000 faculty, staff and students. It has one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to offer an exceptional education at a great value. Almost 25% of graduates from the poorest backgrounds reach the top income quintile, placing UTEP in the top 10 universities in American for social mobility.

El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of more than 800,000 people that offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It has been repeatedly named among the safest large U.S. cities. El Paso experiences almost 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The City of El Paso is adjacent to the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest, such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.

ABOUT THE ECE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTEP ( offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. A proposal for a new BS in Computer Engineering is currently under consideration by University authorities. The department has an enrollment close to 520 undergraduate and over 85 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D. students). The ECE faculty is actively involved in sponsored research with annual expenditures of more than $2 million. Research activities are carried out in multiple research laboratories at the Department and at research centers in the College and the University.

Job Description:

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor to begin in fall 2022.

The Department is primarily interested in candidates who will contribute to the growth of research and academic programs in autonomous systems, robotics, control systems, and digital engineering. We are interested in candidates who can lead department growth, complement current expertise, and contribute to the Cyber Systems and the Smart Systems interdisciplinary research focus areas at the UTEP College of Engineering through fundamental disciplinary and/or application-specific research. Priority will be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate's work and potential to contribute to the ECE Department's and UTEP's vision and mission of providing access to excellent higher education.

Candidates will be expected to engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching, contribute institutional and professional service, and develop vigorous, externally funded research programs in their technical areas. The application materials should clearly demonstrate the potential of the candidate to succeed in meeting these expectations.


A Ph.D. in electrical and/or computer engineering or a related field. Commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. Demonstrated scholarly achievements as evidenced by a track-record of publications. Demonstrated potential for establishing an extramurally funded research program. Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in academia. Excellent communication skills are required.

A commensurate record of successful industrial/academic activities, including funded research, teaching experience, and scholarly publications, will be required for applicants at the associate professor level.

Additional Information:

Hiring decisions are based on budget approval.

SALARY: Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at

Application Instructions:

Applicants must submit the following: 1) a letter of interest describing their interest in the position and their fit to the department and the institution; 2) detailed curriculum vita; 3) name and complete contact information of at least three references; 4) two-page research statement; 5) two-page teaching/mentorship statement; 6) one-page diversity statement; 7) unofficial transcripts; and 8) copies of their two most representative publications. Please state in your cover letter at which rank you wish to be considered, and indicate you are applying for the autonomous systems position.

The research statement should highlight the candidate's research accomplishments, as well as outline the research vision they plan to execute upon joining the faculty. The teaching/mentoring statement should similarly highlight their experiences, expected contributions to teaching in the UTEP ECE Department, as well as their vision for inclusive teaching and mentoring of students. The diversity statement should explain how the candidate values equity, diversity, and inclusion within their discipline(s) and how they have made contributions in these areas. This statement should also suggest how they, as a member of the UTEP ECE faculty, will contribute to equity, diversity, and inclusion and how they intend to foster these areas while contributing to the mission of access to excellent higher education.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 1, 2021. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. For information/inquiries regarding the position, please email,

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