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Motorola Chair in Manufacturing (11819)

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU are hiring faculty to support a broad initiative in advanced processing and manufacturing. In conjunction with that initiative, we seek a distinguished applicant for the Motorola Chair in Manufacturing, an endowed tenure-track/tenured faculty position in the area of manufacturing. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, innovative manufacturing approaches, additive manufacturing, nano/microsystems manufacturing, manufacturing automation, manufacturing systems, biomedical systems manufacturing and spacecraft and aerospace systems manufacturing. We will give the highest priority to candidates who have achieved significant manufacturing R&D successes, and who exhibit greater originality, creativity and promise in solving contemporary problems in advanced manufacturing, rather than to any particular area of specialization and application.    

Collaborative, transdisciplinary research and education are highly valued and promoted at ASU, and in that light we seek applicants who will leverage ongoing investments by the University. Manufacturing-related investments include, among others, the Flexible Electronics and Display Center, the Solar Power Lab, the Advanced Multi-scale Manufacturing Lab and Additive Manufacturing Research Facility. Other major investments include the Biodesign Institute, the Global Security Initiative, Lightworks and the NewSpace Initiative.

The Motorola Chair in Manufacturing is expected to assume a leadership role in developing new advanced manufacturing R&D and education programs, while developing an internationally recognized and externally funded research program, developing and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, advising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and undertaking service activities. Given the nature of the manufacturing focus, s/he will also be expected to engage industry partners in collaborative proposals, projects and initiatives, including internship and training programs.

Appointments will be at the associate or full professor rank commensurate with the candidate’s experience and accomplishments, beginning August 2017 (start date fully negotiable). Although the faculty appointment may be in any of the six Fulton Schools, the schools most involved with the interest areas of the search are the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, the Polytechnic School and the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. In addition, joint appointments across schools are also possible.

Required qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in manufacturing engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, computer engineering or a related field
  • Demonstrated evidence of research and development achievement and commitment to teaching excellence as appropriate to the candidate’s rank

Desired qualifications:

  • A demonstrated commitment to a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach to research and teaching
  • Experience in innovation, entrepreneurship and technology transition

How to apply:

To apply, please submit a single PDF file to that includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Statements describing:
    • Experience and achievements related to manufacturing
    • Research vision and proposed research directions
    • Teaching philosophy, approaches and interests
  • Contact information for three references (optional in the initial stage of application)

Nominations and inquiries are also welcome. For nomination and questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair Professor Gregory Raupp at

Review of applications will begin January 3, 2017; if not filled, reviews will occur on the 1st and 15th of the month thereafter until the search is closed. 

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) and the Title IX statement.

ASU offers applicants an opportunity to voluntarily disclose information for the University’s affirmative action plan; applicants may complete an EEO survey for the position they are applying for online.

Information you’ll need to complete the survey:
Job Number:                          11819       
Job Title:                                 Motorola Chair
Department Name:               Engineering