The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

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The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is seeking applicants for the following positions:


Senior Tenured Faculty Position in High-Voltage Electronic Power System Apparatus

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for a senior faculty position (associate professor or higher) in electrical engineering, in the area of high-voltage, high-power electronic apparatus for grid applications. Future electronic energy systems are envisioned to supersede the existing grid infrastructure, utilizing high-power electronic energy routers in novel networks that could accommodate multiple types of energy sources, energy storage and loads, while operating in both AC and DC transmission and distribution modes. In order not only to cope with the trend, but to guide it instead, Virginia Tech is planning to establish a comprehensive academic research and education program in innovative electronic power system architectures, utilizing novel solid-state substations and electronic power flow control methods that enable improved power system integration, energy management, resilience, availability, security and energy efficiency. Areas of interest include: power electronics converters for high-voltage, high-power grid applications (e.g. HVDC and FACTS systems), electronic power transmission and distribution systems, and power electronics based integration of renewable energy.

The candidate is expected to be a leading contributor to the ongoing growth of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) and the Center for Power and Energy (CPE) in the vicinity of Washington, DC, and a major collaborator with the other centers and research groups within the department and the different colleges that compose the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area at Virginia Tech. The successful candidate will be expected to help establish and lead a globally-recognized funded-research program and laboratories, a specialized graduate curriculum, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in department, college, and university service and outreach activities, contributing vigorously towards the learning, discovery, and engagement missions of Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated experience in research, design, development, deployment, or testing of high-power electronic converters
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching, or evidence of high potential for such excellence
  • Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary research and/or teaching in energy systems
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to articulate a coherent vision of research and scholarship in energy systems, and to identify potential funding sources to support such research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in leading large, interdisciplinary research and development projects
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines
  • Interest or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or graduate, in research
  • Interest or experience in working effectively with a diverse student population

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, research statement, teaching statement, and a list of at least three references electronically to jobs.vt.edu to posting number TR0170168. Please carefully follow the instructions regarding the online application submission process. Paper applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin in January 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 10, 2018.

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Tenured/Tenure-Track Open-Rank Faculty Position in Energy Conversion

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for a tenure-track/tenured open-rank faculty position in electrical engineering, in the area of electrical energy conversion. Future electronic energy systems are envisioned to supersede the existing energy systems that are powering our way of life, from mobile phones and medical implants, to home appliances and lighting, information and communication technology, smart design and construction, building automation and HVAC, smart cities, fresh and waste water processing, agricultural and mining operations, industry processing and automation, robotics and autonomous vehicles, to ground-, air-, and sea-transportation. The production, transfer, storage, and consumption of energy in all of these applications requires ever smaller and more efficient power conversion systems and components. Virginia Tech is expanding its research and education program in the energy conversion by seeking candidates with interest and expertise in interdisciplinary areas that complement its current strengths, including electrical machines, mechatronics, motor drives, energy harvesting, wireless power transfer, power semiconductor devices, power ICs, high-density integration and packaging of semiconductor, magnetic, dielectric, conductive, thermal, and structural materials and components, etc.

The candidate is expected to be a significant contributor to the ongoing growth of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) and the Center for Power and Energy (CPE), and other centers and research groups within the department and the different colleges that compose the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area at Virginia Tech. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a strong nationally-recognized funded-research program and laboratories, a specialized graduate curriculum, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in department, college, and university service and outreach activities, contributing vigorously towards the learning, discovery, and engagement missions of Virginia Tech. The candidate will be able to choose the primary work location in either Blacksburg or vicinity of Washington, DC.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in electrical engineering, material science, or a closely related field, completed prior to employment
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching, or evidence of high potential for such excellence
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of research and scholarship in energy conversion, and to identify potential funding sources to support such research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in the role of PI or Co-PI on funded research projects
  • Interest or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or graduate, in research
  • Interest or experience in working effectively with a diverse student population

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, research statement, teaching statement, and a list of at least three references electronically to jobs.vt.edu to posting number TR0170163. Please carefully follow the instructions regarding the online application submission process. Paper applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin in January 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 10, 2018.

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Tenured/Tenure-track Position in Machine Perception for Autonomous Systems

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenured/tenure-track position in Computer Engineering, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, specifically in the area of perception for autonomous systems, including (but not limited to) deep learning, knowledge representation and reasoning, reinforcement learning, reasoning under uncertainty, and their applications to perception in robotics and autonomy. This position is based in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, nationally recognized, funded research program. There are rich opportunities for collaboration with existing strengths across the University. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in service and outreach activities for the Department, College, and/or University. More broadly, the successful candidate should contribute to Virginia Tech's growing strength and leadership in Machine Learning research, education, and outreach. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the “Data and Decision Destination Area.”

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field, completed prior to employment
  • Effective communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching, or evidence of high potential for such excellence
  • Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of research and scholarship, and to identify potential funding sources to support such research
  • Willingness and ability to work in a technology-based research and education environment, such as is characterized by use of learning technologies, distance learning, online courses, video-conferencing, and network and grid-based collaborative research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in the role of PI or Co-PI on funded research projects
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines
  • Experience in working with students as academic or career advisor, overseeing student internships, or service-learning activities
  • Interest or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or graduate, in research
  • Interest or experience in working effectively with a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated experience leveraging the Data and Decision Destination Area expertise in broad, interdisciplinary teaching and/or research initiatives.

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a research statement, a teaching statement, and a list of at least three references electronically to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting number TR0170126. Please follow carefully the instructions found on the employment web site regarding the application submission process. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept paper applications. Paper applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date is August, 2018.

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Tenured/Tenure-track Position in Secure Hardware/Software Systems

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenured/tenure-track position in Computer Engineering, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, specifically in the area of Secure Hardware/Software Systems, including (but not limited to) Cryptographic Engineering, Security and Privacy Design, Cross-disciplinary Secure Systems for the Internet of Things and the Cloud, Secure and Ultra-low Power Computer Architectures, Design Automation and Formal Verification of Cryptography for the Internet of Things and the Cloud. This position is based in Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.

The successful candidate would be expected to collaborate with existing Virginia Tech ECE faculty with expertise covering hardware security, tamper-resistant secure implementations, secure embedded systems design, VLSI and System-on-Chip design, computer security, low-power and energy-efficient implementation of hardware and software, wireless systems, and RF IC design. Beyond the ECE department, the university has world-class research activities in machine learning, robotics, data analytics, integrated security, intelligent infrastructure, transportation, advanced manufacturing, and medical sciences.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a nationally-recognized funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in department, college, and/or university service and outreach activities. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the “Integrated Security Destination Area.”

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field, completed prior to employment
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching in electrical/computer engineering, or evidence of high potential for such excellence
  • Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of research or scholarship and to identify potential funding sources to support such research
  • Effective communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to work in a technology-based research and education environment, such as is characterized by use of learning technologies, distance learning, online courses, video-conferencing, and network and grid-based collaborative research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in the role of PI or Co-PI on funded research projects
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines
  • Experience in working with students as academic or career advisor, overseeing student internships or service-learning activities
  • Interest or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or graduate, in research
  • Interest or experience working effectively with a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated experience leveraging the Integrated Security Destination Area expertise in broad, interdisciplinary teaching and/or research initiatives.

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a research statement, a teaching statement, and a list of at least three references electronically to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting number TR0170124. Please follow carefully the instructions found on the employment website regarding the application submission process. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept paper applications. Paper applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date is August 2018.

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Tenure-Track Position in Power Electronics Converters and Systems

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in electrical engineering, specifically in power electronics converters and systems. The latter are envisioned to supersede the existing grid infrastructure in the future, utilizing high-power electronic energy routers in novel networks that could accommodate multiple types of energy sources, energy storage and loads, while operating in both AC and DC transmission and distribution modes. This approach is already being used in off-grid electronic power systems for transportation and information technology, where it its demonstrating its numerous advantages and inherent potential. Areas of interest include: power electronics converters for high-power grid applications, stability and dynamic interactions in electronic power systems, power electronics based integration of renewable energy sources and microgrids, and high-power density power converters using wide-bandgap power semiconductors.

The successful candidate is expected to be a significant contributor to the ongoing growth of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES), and to develop ties with the Center for Power and Energy (CPE), and other centers and research groups within the department and the different colleges that compose the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities destination area at Virginia Tech. The Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area provides the successful candidate the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the area. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a strong, nationally-recognized funded-research program, a specialized graduate curriculum, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in department, college, and university service and outreach activities, contributing vigorously towards the broader research and educational mission of the ECE Department.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a closely related field, completed prior to employment
  • Effective communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching, or evidence of high potential for such excellence
  • Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of research and scholarship, and to identify potential funding sources to support such research
  • Willingness and ability to work in a technology-based research and education environment, such as is characterized by use of learning technologies, distance learning, online courses, video-conferencing, and network and grid-based collaborative research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in the role of PI or Co-PI on funded research projects
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines
  • Experience in working with students as academic or career advisor, overseeing student internships, or service-learning activities
  • Interest or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or graduate, in research
  • Interest or experience in working effectively with a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated experience leveraging the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area expertise in broad, interdisciplinary and/or research initiatives.

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, research statement, teaching statement, and a list of at least three references electronically to jobs.vt.edu. Apply to posting number TR0170129. Please carefully follow the instructions regarding the online application submission process. Paper applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin January 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date is August 10, 2018.

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General Information

The Department

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers B.S., M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degree programs in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering with enrollment of about 1,500 full-time undergraduate students and 600 graduate students. In addition to the main Blacksburg campus, an active research program and a full- and part-time graduate program are located in the National Capital Region (metropolitan Washington, DC area), with 12 full-time ECE faculty who interact closely with faculty in Blacksburg.

The ECE Department has 78 tenured or tenure-track faculty members and research expenditures exceeding $49 million annually. The department has programs that are among the nation’s largest and strongest in power electronics, power systems, autonomous systems, wireless communications and networking, cybersecurity, space science and remote sensing, embedded systems, fiber optics and photonics, and computational biology. The department has additional emerging areas of strength in biomedical applications, integrated microsystems and nanotechnology. The department is the beneficiary of the Bradley Endowment valued in excess of $15 million. For more information about the ECE Department and the College of Engineering, please visit www.ece.vt.edu and www.eng.vt.edu.

The University

Through a combination of its three missions of discovery, learning, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech is the Commonwealth’s senior land-grant institution located in Blacksburg in the scenic mountains of southwestern Virginia, about 40 miles west of Roanoke. Highly selective in admissions, the University enrolls approximately 25,000 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students, and more than 2,600 faculty members and researchers. The university offers more than 100 bachelor’s degree programs through its seven undergraduate academic colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Services, Natural Resources, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. On the postgraduate level, the university offers 150 master’s and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School, a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and a medical degree from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. For more information about the university and the Town of Blacksburg, please visit vt.edu and www.blacksburg.va.us, respectively.

Destination Areas

The tenured or tenure-track position in Machine Perception for Autonomous Systems is closely related to the Data and Decisions Destination Area which is focused on advancing the human condition and society with better decisions through data. Faculty working together in this area are building toward integrating data analytics and decision sciences across the transdisciplinary research and curriculum efforts at Viriginia Tech and beyond.

The tenured or tenure-track position in Secure Hardware/Software Systems is related to the Integrated Security Destination Area which is focused on understanding and fostering a world in which individuals, institutions, and nations are secured by technology and social systems that follow ethical principles and promote values of social justice. Faculty working together in this area are bringing a transdisciplinary approach to the complex range of human and systems security challenges.

The tenure-track position in Power Electronics Converters and Systems is connected to the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Center Communities Destination Area which is focused on bringing visionary humanists and technologists together to create the framework for infrastructure innovation and the reinvention of community. Faculty working together in this area are committed to transdisciplinary solutions that exist along the interdependencies between humans, community, and infrastructure with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life around the globe.

Further information on the respective Destination Areas may be found at the following website: http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university. Virginia Tech is a public land‐grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on‐going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. Applications from women and other underrepresented populations in engineering are especially encouraged. Virginia Tech has a program designed to support the retention and advancement of female faculty; see www.advance.vt.edu. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify K. Atkins, ECE Dept, (540) 231-4136 or TDD/PC 1-800-828-1120 or Voice 1-800-828-1140.

Virginia Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer