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Inaugural Director, Minnesota Robotics Institute 

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) with funding provided by the MnDRIVE Initiative on Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing (RSAM) invites nominations and applications for the position of the Inaugural Director of the Minnesota Robotics Institute. This is a 30% three-year renewable appointment with a start date of July 1, 2019. The position reports to the CSE dean, and is open to tenured full professors in the College of Science and Engineering. 

Investments by MnDRIVE RSAM, complemented by generous philanthropic support, have resulted in the addition of faculty and staff, and creation of physical infrastructure, most notably the Gemini-Huntley Robotics Laboratory, to make possible the establishment of a multidisciplinary research and educational enterprise in the area of robotics and intelligent systems. A faculty and staff committee has proposed a plan for the Minnesota Robotics Institute to coordinate and support research in the discipline, and serve as the home for an MS degree in robotics.  

The primary initial duties of the MnRI director are: 

  • Chair an Executive Committee for MnRI, and, together, assemble the core faculty and staff in robotics and related systems to finalize plans for the Institute
  • Lead the development and approval of an MS degree in Robotics
  • Serve as the director of graduate studies for the MS in Robotics upon the approval of the program
  • Develop a budget for MnRI in consultation with CSE and MnDRIVE RSAM administration
  • Oversee the promotion of robotics related research initiatives and recruitment of students for the graduate program 

The University of Minnesota and the College of Science and Engineering greatly value a diverse community that includes those who have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. The University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

Please submit applications to University of Minnesota jobsite: by April 19, 2019. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a 1-2 page document summarizing the applicant’s research and administrative background and experience, and a vision for MnRI. The search committee for this opening consists of Professors Max Donath, Will Durfee (chair), Nicola Elia, Maria Gini, and Hyun Soo Park. If there are any questions please reach out to Char Psihos (