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Assistant Professor, physics-based Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence

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School / Campus / College: College of Engineering

Organization: Mechanical Engineering

Title: Assistant Professor, physics-based Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence

Position Details

Position Description

The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, invites outstanding candidates to apply for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. This position is on a 9-month service period with an anticipated start date of Sept 1, 2023. This position is aimed at recruiting an exceptional candidate in the field of physics-based Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence. The UW Mechanical Engineering Department has achieved international prominence in the use of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in the modeling and control of physical systems. The candidate will join a world-class group of scientists and engineers in ME, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, etc. highlighted by the recent AI Institute in Dynamic Systems funded with $20M by NSF and with multiple academic and industrial partners.

The ME Department at the University of Washington seeks to build on its existing strengths in machine learning and, more generally, in data-driven modeling and control of complex engineering systems. Candidates with a strong background in this area are encouraged to apply. Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to, candidates with a strong background in machine learning and, more generally, in data-driven modeling and control of complex engineering systems. 

The successful applicant will be expected to develop an internationally recognized extramurally funded research program and to provide innovative, high-quality teaching. The candidate will be expected to contribute to an inclusive and equitable campus environment, collaborate with members of the Department, as well as other researchers within the University and Affiliated institutions, participate in the Department’s teaching of Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs, and contribute to the mentoring, and training of graduate students in the Department’s Masters and/or Ph.D. programs. The successful applicant will be expected to provide innovative, high-quality teaching; to develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program; and to contribute to the goals and missions of the department, college, and university. The successful candidate is expected to be a champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the department of Mechanical Engineering, proposing and implementing initiatives and activities, as well as innovative undergraduate curriculum, and graduate courses in their areas of expertise.

University of Washington faculty are committed to excellent teaching, outstanding research, and exemplary service. The Mechanical Engineering department’s research and teaching portfolio covers all aspects of the broad field of mechanical engineering, including interdisciplinary work in engineering in medicine, robotics and controls, materials, advanced manufacturing, and alternative energy. The department currently has 39 full-time tenured, tenure track, research and teaching faculty, 450 undergraduates, 200 Master’s students, 130 PhD students and 25 postdoctoral researchers and continues to grow. More information about the ME department is available at

The base salary range for this position will be $11,111-$15,556 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


Applicants must have a PhD or foreign equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline. 


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research plans and educational experience and philosophy, a statement of how they have contributed to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the previous institutions they have been affiliated with and how they plan to contribute to the UW’s efforts and goals in DEI. The applicant should provide the names and contact information for at least three references, and copies of their three most significant publications.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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