About the ISE Position

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at the University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated August 2024 starting date. Exceptionally qualified individuals at the Associate Professor rank will also be considered. 

Our areas of particular interest are healthcare and smart manufacturing. Candidates with expertise in AI-based cyber-physical manufacturing systems, smart health, healthcare human factors, cybersecurity in manufacturing, and advanced sensing technologies are highly encouraged to apply. 

The College is committed to recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty and staff, which includes providing dual-career resources and opportunities for employees to “Build a Career and Build a Life” in the Iowa City area. The University offers several benefits to support faculty and their families in achieving a healthy work/life balance.

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Iowa is one of six academic units housed within the College of Engineering. Departmental faculty collaborate with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and colleges across campus, including the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Business, Public Health, and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as industrial and government organizations.

The department has a diversified portfolio of funding sources through the NSF, DoD, DoE, NIH, USDoT, foundations, and corporations. Our faculty are integrated into numerous interdisciplinary research units on campus: the Iowa Institute for Hydraulic Research – Hydroscience and Engineering, Iowa Technology Institute, Driving Safety Research Institute, Public Policy Center, and Injury Prevention Research Center, among others. 

The University of Iowa supports an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment that embeds diversity and equity into the Iowa experience. Faculty in the College of Engineering contribute to DEI by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that challenge the status quo, cultivate empathy, seek out diverse perspectives, and value global citizenship.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who will enrich our campus by bringing perspectives that come from unique educational backgrounds or an understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in STEM fields. As such, the application will include a broader impact statement highlighting past experience with, and/or future plans for, having a broader impact on the University of Iowa, community, and society.  This statement could include plans for unique curriculum design, broadening the distribution of research results beyond traditional audiences, or broadening participation among underrepresented groups. We are interested in learning anything an applicant wishes to share about their general plans as a future member of our faculty that would benefit the University of Iowa, community, and society.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in industrial engineering, operations research, manufacturing engineering, human factors and ergonomics, or related fields. In addition, candidates should demonstrate potential or ability to attract extramural funding and establish and maintain a nationally recognized research program. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent in industrial engineering, operations research, manufacturing engineering, human factors and ergonomics, or related fields.
  • Potential or demonstrated ability to teach and develop courses and mentor students in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program.
  • Potential or demonstrated ability to attract extramural funding.
  • Demonstrated experience promoting broader societal impacts.
  • Potential or demonstrated ability to mentor graduate students.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach and develop courses on healthcare systems engineering, human factors and ergonomics, manufacturing, AI/machine learning, and/or operations research.
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary and/or diverse teams.
  • Grant writing experience; demonstrated track record or strong potential to obtain external funding.
  • Record of publications in top-tier journals/conferences as appropriate to the candidate’s experience.
  • Evidence for fostering a climate that values and engages diversity in all its forms as aligned with the DEI goals the department of and college.

Applicants will be asked to include the following components in their application:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position;
  • A current CV;
  • Three supporting statements:
    1. Research Statement (up to 3 pages).  Explain your research philosophy and present your plan for establishing and maintaining a recognized and well-funded research program. Please include potential sources of funding for each planned research area.
    2. Teaching Statement (up to 2 pages).  Explain your teaching philosophy, teaching and mentoring experience, training, proposed courses (both existing and new), and a plan for maintaining continuous improvement in teaching and mentoring.
    3. Broader Impact Statement (up to 2 pages). This statement could include contributions to and planned efforts for diversity, equity, and inclusion; engagement with and support for underserved individuals, groups, and/or communities; and enhancement of public awareness and literacy of science and technology. Describe how your research, teaching, mentoring and/or professional service advance these activities.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023; however, applications will be accepted through December 15, 2023.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Successful candidates will be required to disclose any misconduct history or pending research misconduct investigation, including but not limited to sexual misconduct in prior employment, along with a related release. Successful candidates will also be subject to a criminal background and credential check.

Further inquiries regarding this position can be sent to the attention of Xuan Song, Search Committee Chair via: xuan-song@uiowa.edu.

Interested candidates should submit their application materials online.

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