Faculty Positions Available | ECE | Virginia Tech

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The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for (1) a tenure-track assistant professor at either the Blacksburg campus or the National Capital Region and (2) an associate or full professor at the Blacksburg campus. Both positions are seeking candidates whose emphasis is in electrical engineering, specifically in power systems and/or power electronics engineering.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous research program in his or her areas of expertise and to work with existing Virginia Tech ECE faculty with expertise covering energy system analysis, control, stability, and protection; power electronics converters for high-power grid applications, power electronics based systems, and power devices; energy storage; smart grid; integration, monitoring and protection of distributed renewable generation to the grid; system operation and control in restructured electricity industries; and wide area measurements and applications.

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.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field, completed prior to employment
  • Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of research and/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
  • For assistant professor candidates, demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching in computer engineering, or evidence of high potential for such excellence
  • For senior level candidates, demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching for appointment at the rank of full professor or associate professor and, additionally for appointment to full professor, demonstrated international or national leadership in scholarship and 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

The ECE Department

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering with a current enrollment of approximately 1,200 undergraduate and 600 graduate students at the Blacksburg, VA campus. A graduate program and research activities are also located in the National Capital Region with full-time ECE faculty who interact closely with the programs in Blacksburg.

The ECE Department has 86 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, 30 research faculty members, and external research expenditures exceeding $35 million annually. The department has programs that are among the nation’s largest and strongest in power electronics, power systems, embedded systems, wireless communications and networking, space science and engineering, remote sensing, fiber optics and photonics, and computational biology. The department has additional emerging areas of strength in cybersecurity, autonomous systems, biomedical applications, and integrated microsystems and nanotechnology. The department is the beneficiary of the Bradley Endowment that provides scholarships, fellowships, professorships, and other support for the department. For more information about the ECE Department and the College of Engineering, please visit and

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 and, respectively.

The university is undergoing a visioning process that defines Destination Areas. Destination Areas represent not where we are going, but how we attract people, projects, and partners to Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is the destination. First, we look outside Virginia Tech and into the future for difficult problems of national and global importance. Then, we invest resources to build and support world-class groups of faculty that transcend our disciplinary strengths. Destination Areas create the agile and vibrant environment that makes Virginia Tech the "destination" for people and resources we need to make a difference. The two energy and power electronics systems faculty searches are part of the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human Centered Communities Destination Areas. For further information regarding Destination Areas, please visit

The Community

Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg in the scenic mountains of southwestern Virginia, about 40 miles west of Roanoke. Bloomberg Business Week recently ranked Blacksburg as the "Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids." Blacksburg also has a growing and active community of young professionals who work at Virginia Tech, small companies in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and elsewhere in the area. For more information about the Town of Blacksburg, please visit

The Blacksburg Partnership, a non-profit economic development organization, has launched a new community website, This site is a centralized resource highlighting the many offerings and amenities offered in the area, proving to be a "one stop shop" for all things Blacksburg.

The Application Process

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and a list of at least three references electronically to Apply to posting number TR0160152. 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 January 2, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date is August 10, 2017.

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 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.