Job Details

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Position Number: 4852487
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science

Assistant Teaching Professor


Robotics Engineering Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) invites applications for a full-time teaching faculty position in the Robotics Engineering Department (RBE).

WPI is a diverse campus of learners passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The individual selected for the position will contribute to WPI's unique interdisciplinary and project-oriented robotics curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to teaching, curriculum development, and advising, this position offers the opportunity to mentor student research projects.


A qualified candidate will hold an advanced degree (Ph D or MS) or equivalent in robotics or a related discipline and must be able to demonstrate excellence in undergraduate or graduate teaching in robotics-related topics, such as robot kinematics, dynamics, control, sensing and perception, manipulation, motion planning, or navigation. Given the hands-on nature of the robotics curriculum, significant practical experience in robotics is desired and may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.

The vision of the RBE department is "to become an exemplary, internationally recognized, multidisciplinary center for education, research, and innovation in Robotics." Since RBE's inception in 2006 as an interdisciplinary program, it has grown to be a department offering 25+ courses, 18 labs, 18 faculty & 20 associated faculty, over 400 undergrad and over 200 grad students, and over 1000 alumni. We were the first to offer an undergraduate degree in Robotics Engineering and we have since then expanded to offer MS and PhD degrees. Research is funded by agencies such as DARPA, AFRL, ONR, NIH, NSF, NASA as well as industry. With Robotics Engineering being inherently multidisciplinary in nature, our faculty regularly collaborate with affiliates from Mechanical, Electrical & Computer, and Biomedical Engineering as well as Computer Science, Physics, Humanities & Arts and Social Science & Policy Studies.

WPI's reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its faculty. A highly selective, private technological university and one of the nation's first, WPI believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low. Faculty members, students, and other partners work together on the real-world projects and purposeful research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. We are most proud of a recent No. 1 ranking for "faculty who best combine research and teaching." (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016). Located one hour west of Boston, the university's campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a statement regarding contributions to diversity, and names and email addresses for at least five references. Please direct queries to the search committee at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position closes.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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