Arizona State University: Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering: The Polytechnic School

Professor (all ranks) in Soft Robotics


Arizona State University – Polytechnic Campus

Open Date

Oct 4, 2019


The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University and The Polytechnic School at (ASU) and (TPS) seeks applicants for an engineering tenure-track or tenured faculty position with a specific interest in soft robotics.  Appointments may be at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments, beginning August 2020.  Although the tenure home may be in any of the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering, the Polytechnic School is currently the most involved in the interest of this research.

The Polytechnic School, one of the six Fulton Schools, has an energetic engineering (robotics) research community. To advance this area, we will look for applicants who complement our ability to solve Grand Challenge Problems as part of a community of experts in robot design, development, analysis and control. Particular areas of interest include:

  • Topics in Design, including the role of bioinspiration and compliant materials in the biomechanics of locomotion; morphological computation, evolutionary robotics, and design optimization; and variable stiffness mechanisms.
  • Topics in Materials and Mechanics: including novel active textiles and stimuli-responsive soft materials for actuation; sensors for distributed applications; solid and computational continuum mechanics, FEA techniques, resonant modes, non-linear oscillations of soft materials.
  • Topics in Modeling, simulation, analysis, control, and computing, including: optimization, model-based control, distributed computing, physical human-robot interaction, collaboration and shared control; autonomy, planning and understanding of soft cyber-physical systems in natural environments.
  • Applications in Soft Robots including smart textiles and clothing; clinical applications of wearable soft robots for training and intervention; human assistance, augmentation, and prosthetics; surgery, haptics, and teleoperation; robots in extreme environments such as air, space or undersea; agricultural robots.

Connections to Manufacturing, Engineering Education, Human Systems/Factors are strongly encouraged.

We seek applicants who will contribute to our academic programs, promote transdisciplinary teaching and research, and help the University to achieve its aspirations, including enabling student success, transforming society, valuing entrepreneurship and conducting use-inspired research. Faculty members in the Fulton Schools are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, adopt effective pedagogical practices in the development and delivery of graduate and undergraduate courses, advise both undergraduate and graduate student research and projects and undertake service activities.


Required qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in engineering, computer science or related discipline by the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated research capability
  • Commitment to teaching excellence as appropriate to the candidate’s rank

Desired qualifications:  

  • Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach to research and teaching

Application Instructions

Application Instructions

Application deadline is November 25, 2019.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.  To apply, visit and select “apply now” next to the corresponding position.  Candidates will be asked to create or use an existing Interfolio Dossier to submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement describing research interests (two pages maximum)
  • Statement describing teaching interests and philosophy (two pages maximum)
  • Contact information for three references

For additional information regarding position specifics, please contact the search committee chair via email at