Assistant Professor- Sensors and Sensing-Grainger Institute for Engineering

Madison, WI
Sep 07, 2017
Oct 07, 2017
PVL #91923
Field of specialization
Job Type
Full time

Position Summary:

The Grainger Institute serves as a research incubator within the College of Engineering. The Institute fosters a trans-disciplinary research and educational environment and provides the infrastructure to address grand technological challenges. Our current hiring focus on sensors and sensing complements existing targeted efforts in the areas of advanced manufacturing, accelerated materials discovery, energy and sustainability, biomanufacturing, and smart and connected healthcare. New research directions will continue to be launched and nurtured within the Institute. The faculty members will be appointed as Grainger Institute Fellows within the Grainger Institute for Engineering (

Principal duties:

The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks faculty candidates for up to five tenure track faculty positions in the broad area of Sensors and Sensing with the ability to effectively collaborate on data analytic methods. The search will be separated into two overarching areas: 1) Bio/Chemo-sensing and 2) Energy/Infrastructure (for manufacturing and transportation)

Specific examples of particular areas of interest in the first year of this search include (but are not limited to):

Health Care

-Wearable devices and remote sensing for monitoring and managing patients with chronic conditions, vulnerable populations, and workplace exposures


-Real time monitoring of engineered cells and tissues during their growth/development.

-On board sensors to measure functional integration of therapeutic cells and tissues.

Advanced Materials

-Functional soft materials for chemo-sensing (e.g.: liquid crystals based materials)

-Design of robust sensors systems: systems that combine computational chemistry-guided design of materials capable of recognition and amplification, meso-scale modeling of equilibrium and dynamic materials responses, and systems-level big data approaches (machine learning, deep learning) for device-level and network-level analytics.

-Soft and soft/hard hybrid electronic materials suitable for flexible, biocompatible, and environmentally sustainable sensors

Energy and Advanced Manufacturing

-Sensors for integrated systems optimization for demonstration facilities

-Sensor networks for optimizing energy system performance

-Sensor systems for manufacturing process monitor, control, and automation


-Sensors on autonomous vehicles for use by first responders and homeland security, and for environmental monitoring

-Sensors and networks for connected and autonomous vehicle integration and/or Smart Cities

The Grainger Institute Fellows will have a tenure home in one or more academic departments within the College of Engineering. They will be expected to maintain a world-class extramurally funded graduate research program on technological problems that are relevant to the needs of the profession and of society. They will also contribute to the education and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students, teach engineering courses, and engage in department, college, university, community, and professional service activities as appropriate.

Degree and area of specialization:

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in an engineering or closely related field. Candidates with truly outstanding accomplishments in any area of research in Sensors and Sensing will be considered for the positions.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Candidates will have a distinguished academic record, exceptional potential in establishing a world-class research program, and a commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction. Candidates are required to qualify for a tenure track appointment in a College of Engineering academic department. The College of Engineering is strongly committed to having a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Candidates from groups that are traditionally under-represented in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Application Procedures:

To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload one PDF file containing the following: a cover letter; a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) that includes a complete list of publications; a research statement and teaching statement that describe how the applicant's research and teaching experiences fit the recruitment goals of the Department. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three references.