The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for a tenure track or tenured faculty position in wireless communications and networking. The position is open at the Associate or Full Professor level, with named professorship opportunities possible for truly exceptional applicants. .
The successful candidate will join Wireless@Virginia Tech (Wireless@VT), an interdisciplinary research team consisting of faculty and students in electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering. Opportunities to engage with the Center's industrial partners, as well as faculty from partner universities, are available.
The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the broader research and educational mission of the ECE Department. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, nationally recognized funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in department, college, and/or university service and outreach activities.
- A Ph.D. in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a closely related field
- Research expertise in wireless communications and/or networking
- Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of collaborative research or scholarship and to identify potential funding sources to support such research
- Demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching for appointment at the rank of full professor or associate professor and an international reputation for excellence in scholarship and research for appointment as a full professor
- Effective communication skills
- Interest and experience working effectively with a diverse student population
- Interest and/or experience in mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students in research
- Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines
- Demonstrated aptitude for and experience in organizational leadership for appointment at the rank of full professor
- Willingness and ability to work in a technology-based research and education environment, such as is characterized by use of learning technologies, distance learning, online courses, videoconferencing, and network and grid-based collaborative research
Wireless@VT is the largest wireless communications and networks research center in the nation, with over thirty faculty members participating and a hundred students in more than 50 research projects. Over 30 courses are available that relate directly to wireless communications. The center has expertise in antennas and propagation, communications theory, information assurance, wireless and social networking, system integration, spectrum policy and economics, and VLSI. The organization prides itself on creating graduates who excel in hands-on, multidisciplinary and collaborative efforts. Recently, the group has established a 48-node cognitive radio network as an open resource to its members. The group has an active Industrial Affiliates program that brings in collaborative industrial participation and baseline support funding. More information is at www.wireless.vt.edu.
The ECE Department
The ECE Department offers B.S., M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degree programs in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering with enrollment of about 850 full-time undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. In addition to the main Blacksburg campus, an active research program and a full- and part-time graduate program are located in the National Capital Region (Washington, DC area), with 10 full-time ECE faculty members who interact closely with those in Blacksburg.
In the most recent US News & World Report rankings, our electrical engineering graduate program is tied for 19th and our computer engineering graduate program is also tied for 19th. Our electrical engineering and computer engineering undergraduate program are both ranked 15th. The department's external research expenditures were ranked 13th among ECE and similar departments based on data from the 2011 ASEE profiles of colleges of engineering.
The ECE Department has 72 tenured or tenure-track faculty members and external research expenditures exceeding $32 million annually. The department has programs that are among the nation's largest and strongest in power electronics, power systems, wireless communications and networking, space science and engineering, remote sensing, fiber optics and photonics, and computational biology. The department has additional emerging areas of strength in embedded systems, cybersecurity, autonomous systems, biomedical applications, and semiconductors. The department is the beneficiary of the Bradley Endowment that provides scholarships, fellowships, professorships, and other support for the department. For more information about the ECE Department and the College of Engineering, please visit www.ece.vt.edu and www.eng.vt.edu.
Through a combination of its three missions of discovery, learning, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech is the Commonwealth's senior land-grant institution. Highly selective in admissions, the University enrolls approximately 23,700 undergraduate and 7,300 graduate and professional students, and has more than 3,100 faculty members and researchers. The university offers 65 bachelor's degree programs through its seven undergraduate academic colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Natural Resources and Environment, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. At the graduate level, the university offers 150 master's and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School and a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Through a public-private partnership, Virginia Tech and the Carilion Clinic have created the Virginia-Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Virginia Tech-Carilion Research Institute. For more information about the university, please visit www.vt.edu.
Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg in the scenic mountains of southwestern Virginia, about 40 miles west of Roanoke. Bloomberg Businessweek recently ranked Blacksburg as the "Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids." Livability.com has given Blacksburg the title of one of the ten best college towns for 2012. Blacksburg also has a growing and active community of young professionals who work at Virginia Tech, small companies in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and elsewhere in the area. For more information about the Town of Blacksburg, please visit www.blacksburg.gov.
The Blacksburg Partnership, a non-profit economic development organization, has launched a new community website, www.stepintoblacksburg.org. This site is a centralized resource highlighting the many offerings and amenities offered in the area, proving to be a "one stop shop" for all things Blacksburg.
The Application Process
Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, research statement, teaching statement, and a list of at least three references electronically to jobs.vt.edu to posting number TR0130120. Please carefully follow the instructions regarding the online application submission process. Paper applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date is August 10, 2014.
Applications from women and other underrepresented populations in engineering are especially encouraged. Virginia Tech has a program designed to support the retention and advancement of female faculty; see www.advance.vt.edu. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify K. Atkins, ECE Dept, (540) 231-4136 or TDD/PC 1-800-828-1120 or Voice 1-800-828-1140.
Virginia Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.