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Systems, Automation, Mechatronics/Robotics, Manufacturing, Agricultural Engineering Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

California State University, Fresno
Lyles College of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering


Systems, Automation, Mechatronics/Robotics,
Manufacturing, Agricultural Engineering

Assistant Professor

Tenure Track 

Fall 2024 (August 2024)

Position Summary:


The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno invites applications for an academic year, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank with a Fall 2024 start date.

Responsibilities include: a) teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses including laboratories in mechanical engineering and related fields (up to 12 weighted teaching units per semester); b) develop and/or teach courses and/or laboratories in systems, dynamics, and/or controls areas, including automation, mechatronics/robotics, manufacturing and agricultural engineering, senior capstone design, system design; c) be actively engaged in teaching, advising, research/scholarly, professional development, and/ or service activities; d) initiate a viable research program and publish scholarship in refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings; e) "seek external funding to support research and scholarly activities; f) supervise student research; g) participate in professional activities, including meetings, workshops, and/or other relevant activities (e.g., appropriate relationships with industry); h) participate in activities related to EAC-ABET accreditation; i) advise senior project teams in related fields; and j) supervise graduate projects and theses.                                                                                              


The Lyles College of Engineering is the oldest, publicly-supported engineering college in the Central Valley of California. While engineering courses were first taught at Fresno State in 1922, the Department of Engineering was established in 1947, followed by a School of Engineering in 1963, culminating in its renaming to Lyles College of Engineering in 2008 in recognition of a major financial gift to the College that was intended to enhance and grow engineering education in the Central Valley. The mission of the College includes developing each student's potential to the greatest extent possible, providing a quality engineering education to all students and serving students from demographic groups that historically have not participated in a university education. The BSME degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been continuously accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET since 1965, boasting over 2,500 alumni in industry, government and academic service. The ten tenured/tenure track Mechanical Engineering faculty provide educational support for over 400 undergraduate and graduate students through hands-on/interactive learning, project- based coursework, industry-sponsored culminating experiences, national design competitions, and practice-based internships.  Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.


Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  1. An earned doctorate (e.g., Ph.D., D. Eng., Dr-Ing., etc.) in mechanical engineering or closely related fields and bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering or closely related fields, specializing in the broad areas of systems, dynamics, and/or controls areas, including automation and manufacturing, are required

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Record of university-level instruction;
  2. Demonstrated experience in the areas of teaching, research, and/or scholarly activities;
  3. Evidence of research publications;
  4. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and
  5. Proficient communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Experience in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses and laboratories in the systems, automation, and/or  controls  areas,  including mechatronics/robotics, manufacturing and agricultural engineering, senior  capstone design,  system  design;
  2. Professional experience in one or more of the following areas systems, automation, mechatronics/robotics, manufacturing and agricultural engineering;
  3. Record of graduate-level instruction and supervision;
  4. Successful grantsmanship; and
  5. Active participation or leadership roles in professional organizations.

Application Procedures:  Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2024 (full consideration deadline), review of applications may continue until the position is filled.  This position automatically closes on March 31, 2024. Note: All positions at Fresno State are subject to funding availability.

Apply online at:

Attach the following:

  1. a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications;
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and,
  4. list of five professional references.

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline.  The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  1. three current letters of recommendation and
  2. official transcripts

Committee Information and Search process:

Search Chair:   Michael Jenkins
                       Department of Mechanical Engineering
                       Lyles College of Engineering
                       Phone: 559.278.8347

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged university. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Fresno State is committed and dedicated to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior.

Fresno State is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The university has had a strong history of service and preparation of educators since the institution’s founding as a Normal School in 1911. Fresno State is ranked sixth in the nation for social mobility in the Wall Street Journal/College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges. Fresno State is ranked 26th in the nation by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research, and promoting public service. The campus is classified as an R2 university (Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity) per the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-track faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the university’s Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit The campus also supports faculty success through services provided by the Office of IDEAS (

Territorial Acknowledgement

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

Other Campus Information

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A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based on the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

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