Assistant/Associate Professor Machine Systems and Automation Engineering - Auburn University

Department of Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Biosystems Engineering ( of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Machine Systems and Automation Engineering. This faculty position will be a nine-month, tenure-track position with a 60% research and 40% teaching appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2018.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a nationally recognized program in one or more areas of machine systems and automation engineering such as agricultural and forest machine systems, precision agriculture and forestry, input stewardship, data management, automation of agricultural and forest operations, and data-driven decision analysis for complex agricultural, forest and biological systems. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support his/her research programs and summer salary from sources such as USDA and other related federal sponsors, and from commodity boards in Alabama and across the country. The successful candidate will also be expected to collaborative effectively with departmental faculty, and extensively with colleagues within the College of Agriculture (e.g. Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences) and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences who conduct research and extension work in precision agriculture and forestry, and in production agriculture and forest operations. Instructional responsibilities will include teaching existing precision agriculture courses as well as developing new courses in agricultural data acquisition, data management, data analytics, automation, and the ethical issues that surround agricultural data. In addition, the successful candidate will provide academic advising and career counseling for biosystems engineering students; transfer results of the scholarly program through recognized and peer reviewed outlets; and provide leadership to the profession through state and national professional society participation. In addition, departmental, college, and university committee service will be expected.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in biosystems, biological, agricultural, or closely related engineering disciplines by the expected position start date. Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research and teaching in machine systems and automation of agricultural and forest operations, and related topics resulting in peer‐reviewed publications is required. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative research program. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment. Desirable qualifications include: research and teaching experiences in agricultural and forest machine systems, precision agriculture and forestry, input stewardship, data management, automation of agricultural and forest operations, and data-driven decision analysis for complex agricultural, forest and biological systems.; postdoctoral and/or industry experience; and professional engineering registration or the ability to pursue licensure as a Professional Engineer. Candidates at the rank of Assistant Professor are strongly encouraged, but those with an established reputation as a leader in field of machine systems and automaton engineering will also be considered at the rank of Associate Professor. Examples of documented evidence of established reputation may include, but not limited to, evidence of ability to sustain externally sponsored research funding to support research programs, and evidence of teaching excellence.

Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: and attach the following: 1) cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, 4) statement of research interests and accomplishments, and 5) statement of teaching philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business on October 15, 2017. The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Jeremiah Davis, Search Committee Chair, email: .

The University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 25,400 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles northeast of the state capital (Montgomery). Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its undergraduate programs and its College of Engineering is ranked 38th among public institutions offering doctoral programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit for more information.

The Department: The Department of Biosystems Engineering consists of 14 full‐time faculty who solve problems in biological systems through innovative engineering research, teaching and extension activities.The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Biosystems Engineering with 181 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students. Recent construction projects have resulted in over 50,000 square feet of new laboratory, classroom and office spaces in the department. More information about the department can be found at