Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Saint Louis University
School of Science and Engineering

The School of Science and Engineering 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 robotics and autonomous systems. We take a broad view of this field and encourage applicants whose work focuses on topics traditionally associated with robotics and autonomous systems as well as those focused on newer areas like mechatronics, advanced manufacturing and smart materials, cyber-human systems, and others.

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 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 childcare.

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.


– A PhD in robotics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, 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

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