Research Assistant Professor - Mechatronics Engineering
Central State University
Location: Wilberforce, Ohio
Type: Full Time
Agriculture - Power / Machinery
Years of Experience:
2 - 4
Internal Number: 0801265
Research Assistant Professor-Mechatronics Engineering is a 12-month tenure track, 100% research position with a focus on applications of mechatronics engineering for the development of advanced farm machinery suited for small-scale farmers. Research should lay emphasis on how small and minority farmers may benefit from advanced and affordable agricultural technology that focuses on minimizing inputs and maximizing profitability, and sustainable farming practices. Expected candidate should have a background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer control, and information technology with expertise in mechatronics to seamlessly lead the effort of developing robotic solutions for existing precision agriculture research programs at Central State University. Responsibilities will include mechanical design of new or modified use of agriculture machinery that will include novel integrated pest management strategies for weed and pest control, coordinated machine control in response to sensory feedback, sensor technology and high level programming. The candidate is expected to develop an independent nationally recognized research program in agricultural mechatronics with external funding that is relevant to farmers in Ohio and beyond. Research program will be developed in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural and Life Sciences (DALS), Manufacturing Engineering (MFE), Industrial Technology (INT), and Computer Science. The candidate is also expected to participate in ongoing research on non-chemical, high energy-based pest control by faculty in Agriculture Sciences and Manufacturing Engineering.
Establish and maintain a competitive research program in agricultural mechatronics that directly impacts farmers in Ohio and beyond.
Conduct and publish research in the area of specialty.
Establish oneself in community service and collaborate with CSU’s cooperative extension program in extending research to CSU stakeholders in agriculture.
Represent Central State University as an 1890 Land Grant Institution to the public including federal and non-federal agencies, and research, agriculture and industry interests.
Transfer innovation through scholarly publications, patents and presentations at scientific meetings and through technology transfer to agriculture and industry groups.
Provide mentoring and advising to undergraduate students by engaging them in research.
Participate in university and professional development activities such as service on university-wide committees.
Teaching faculty is responsible to post two to three office hours every week during the academic term and develop/teach assigned course in area of expertise.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Department Chair and/or Associate Director of Research.
Ph.D. in mechatronics engineering/Mechanical engineering or in related field with applications to agriculture. Ph.D. must be complete at time of appointment;
Evidence of peer-reviewed publications in the areas of mechatronics;
Demonstrated skill in securing grants or strong potential to secure extramural funding;
Experience and interest in mentoring/teaching students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Post-Doctoral experience or equivalent preferred.
Experience with sensors and actuators, robotics, micro-computers, system simulation and system analysis are a plus.
Evidence of interdisciplinary collaborations or potential for collaborations both within and external to the university.
Involvement with recognized professional associations or organizations.
As an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, Central State University is expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Agriculture (STEM-Ag) academic programming, research, and education; developing partnerships within Ohio’s agricultural industry; enhancing facilities; and engaging local communities, all for the future growth and sustainability of the University.