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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

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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 16, 2024. 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 with direct impacts on both academia and industry. The candidate will also be expected to provide innovative, high-quality teaching in ME’s Bachelors, Master’s and PhD programs, to mentor, and educate graduate students, and to contribute to an inclusive and equitable campus.

The UW Mechanical Engineering Department has achieved international prominence in Engineering Sciences applied to Medicine. ME@UW is in a significant and sustained growth period and seeks to build on existing strengths while expanding its impact. We want to emphasize that the individual’s excellence in research, as clearly identified by a record of publication in archival journals and presentations and top international conferences, is more important than the specific area of sub-specialization.


Seattle is a vibrant international city, known for its cultural diversity, robust economy, and natural beauty. The University of Washington is the top U.S. public institution for federal research funding, and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across the university. 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. The department currently has 39 full-time tenured, tenure track, research and teaching faculty, 600 undergraduates, 250 Master’s students, 150 PhD students and 30 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-$17,000 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 other foreign equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline. 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.


Applications should include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statements of research plans and educational experience and philosophy, and 4) a statement of how they have contributed to 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 also provide the names and contact information for at least three references and copies of their three most significant publications.

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