Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty, Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy: Assurance of Autonomy for Space Systems

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy (IAA), together with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is seeking outstanding candidates for tenured and tenure-track faculty positions at all levels whose research focus is on autonomous space systems.  IAA brings together researchers from diverse Departments in the School of Engineering and the Applied Physics Laboratory to address the fundamental challenges of assuring AI and autonomous systems function as designed, and of understanding their influence on individuals and society.  This IAA candidate will join faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department who conduct research in robotics and human-machine interaction, micro- and nano-scale engineered devices and materials, energy and the environment, aerospace and marine systems, and biology and medicine.

IAA bridges the Whiting School of Engineering and the Applied Physics Laboratory, a large university affiliated research center with strong and growing deep space and national security space activities.  The person in this position will have an appointment in the Space Exploration Sector.  Recent activities include the Parker Solar Probe and the DART planetary defense test mission, while coming activities include exploration of the Moon and the Dragonfly mission which will autonomously land and fly a helicopter across the surface of Titan.  Autonomy in space is driven by various factors, including communication latency and the increasingly distributed nature of space systems.  Assurance of autonomy is an existential challenge for these complex, extremely expensive space systems, driving the desire to build a world class assured autonomy research capability at Johns Hopkins.  We are looking for innovative and collaborative individuals to build and lead in this area.

IAA faculty split their effort between their home department in the Whiting School of Engineering and the Applied Physics Laboratory.  Candidates for these positions must fulfill the requirements for employment at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

Visit the following links for more information about the Institute for Assured Autonomy, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Applied Physics Laboratory.

IAA is conducting a broad and inclusive search and is committed to identifying candidates who through their research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and across the Johns Hopkins University. More information on diversity and inclusion in the Whiting School of Engineering is available at engineering.jhu.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, three recent publications, and complete contact information for at least three references.

Applications must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/134646.

While candidates who complete their applications by January 15, 2024 will receive full consideration, the department will consider applications submitted after that date. Questions may be directed to [email protected].

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.