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Asst Prof of Mechatronics Engineering

  2024-06-18     California State University, Monterey Bay     100 Campus Center     95000-99000 year  

Assistant Professor of Mechatronics Engineering

Job no: 534671
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

Classification: Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date: March 1, 2024 - Extended
Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled
Appointment Date: Fall 2024

California State University, Monterey Bay is a mid-sized university in California's Central Coast that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees. Powered by an inspiring, CSUMB is part of the nation's largest four-year public university system,, which educates nearly 460,000 students every year.

With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,000 students, CSU Monterey Bay is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our staff and faculty transform students' lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning, and a strong emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. CSUMB's sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The university's prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in developing a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Many appreciate living and working close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, with easy access to recreational areas from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. Nearby opportunities for collaborative research include working in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, and with colleagues at local research universities, including UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University.

As one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate rental housing on East Campus, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. With proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, opportunities for faculty, staff and students are as endless as the shores of the nearby Pacific Ocean.

The newly created Department of Mechatronics Engineering within the College of Science offers a tremendous opportunity for student-focused faculty who will shape the new Mechatronics Engineering degree. The department will start accepting students in Fall 2024. The hired faculty will have the resources of a Title V grant to design new teaching and research spaces, as well as outfit these spaces with new equipment. This academic year (AY) position begins in Fall 2024.

The program will seek ABET accreditation. This new program will build on existing strengths in the College of Science and is designed to meet the needs of regional industries emphasizing agriculture technology, with additional applications in marine exploration and aviation.


• The successful candidate will help with the development of the Mechatronics Engineering degree program, including hiring new faculty and staff.
• Develop and teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses (12 units/semester) in Mechatronics Engineering courses, including the associated laboratories.
• Engage in independent, publishable research and scholarly activities in field of specialization.
• Solicit funds to private and government entities to sustain research activities.
• Supervise student research and capstone projects.
• Advise and mentor students in research, academics, capstone projects, internships and post-degree options.
• Provide professionally related service to the department, college, university, and community through participation at faculty meetings and committees.
• Develop professional relationships with the regional industry, educational partners, research institutions, schools and/or other stakeholders.
• Involvement in enrollment strategies to recruit and retain a diverse student population.
• Offer insights into designing and equipping new laboratory spaces for teaching, learning, and research.
• Support the new program through the ABET accreditation process by doing assessment and writing parts the self-study report.


• The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate in Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering (or a related field) by the beginning of the appointment.
• Demonstrated commitment to teaching undergraduates from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds, including first-generation students.
• Be able to engage students in undergraduate research.


• Demonstrated effectiveness in undergraduate teaching of courses and laboratory sessions that integrates theory, applications, and design principles.
• Obtained a BS in any Engineering area.
• Demonstrated ability to contribute to the ABET accreditation process.
• Areas of scholarship or teaching that include, but are not limited to mechatronics, automation, agricultural engineering, mechanization for biological/agricultural production, unmanned aerial system (UAS), control and processing systems, robotics, precision agriculture, sensor applications, automated systems for crop production and harvesting, artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision for crop production systems.
• Experience in acquiring grants, contracts, and sponsorships.
• Experience cultivating community relationships, especially with industry partners.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

The person holding this position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.


Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $95,000 - $99,000/annual


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). For more information, visit: Additionally, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Required Documentation:

• Completed CSUMB application
• Curriculum vitae including a list of references
• Letter detailing qualifications and experience relative to the position description
• Statement of teaching philosophy (one page)
• Research statement
• Unofficial transcripts

Official transcripts and three letters of recommendation will be requested of applicants at a later stage.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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