Tenure Track Faculty - System Dynamics and Controls (Mechanical Engineering)

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

COLLEGE:  College of Engineering and Computer Science

DEPARTMENT:  Mechanical Engineering

POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty  - System Dynamics and Controls


The Mechanical Engineering department serves approximately 930 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students, which includes 73 percent students of color, 31 percent first generation, and 41 percent underrepresented minorities. The department offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs in Mechanical Engineering. Most recently, the Department was ranked 15th in the nation among non-doctorate granting institutions by the U.S. News & World Report.  These programs emphasize practical applications of engineering principles in the areas of design, manufacturing, materials science, aerospace, energy, and thermal sciences.


The tenure-track position is full-time and will be at the Assistant Professor rank. The estimated salary range for this position is $88,000 - $105,000, with an anticipated annual salary of $93,000 depending upon qualifications and experience. Sacramento State offers excellent benefits and retirement programs. 


  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and laboratories  
  • Developing curriculum, advising students and other instructionally-related duties  
  • Working cooperatively with a diverse student population and with faculty colleagues on department, college and university-wide committees
  • Engaging in scholarly activities, including research and externally-funded projects
  • Supervising Master’s student research  Providing service to the campus and community 


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field
  • ABD applicants will be accepted. If ABD, all requirements for the degree must be completed by August 2024 
  • A strong background in Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, thermal, or a combination thereof
  • A strong background in Control Systems Design
  • Experience with applications of dynamic systems and controls to sensors, machinery and/or vehicle systems
  • A strong commitment to quality teaching 
  • Ability to work with diverse groups 


  • Additional knowledge and expertise in topics such as vehicle design, accident reconstruction, biomechanics, multi-energy systems, sensors, actuators, distributed network protocol, fault tolerant control and autonomous vehicles 
  • Experience with the use or teaching with modeling and simulation software like MATLAB, SIMULINK, CAMPG, SOLIDWORKS MOTION, PYTHON or other languages
  • PATRAN, NASTRAN, ANSYS, Simcenter STAR-CCM+, or other FEA modeling software
  • Use of block diagrams and bond graph methods for modeling and simulation is desirable
  • University-level teaching and/or industrial experience 
  • Capability to assist and guide student projects at the undergraduate and graduate level 


To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by January 15, 2024; position open until filled.  In order to apply, please send an electronic submission of the following required materials to

  • Letter of application 
  • Current curriculum vita 
  • Unofficial transcripts of their highest degree earned 
  • Names and contact information of at least three recent professional references familiar with teaching or scholarly work
  • Statement describing your past and/or potential to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at Sacramento State.
  • Teaching Philosophy: statement of teaching interests
  • Scholarly Research: statement of research interests 


Sacramento State serves as an Anchor University to engage with the community. With this position, faculty candidates are encouraged to explore potential research and industry engagement opportunities within their area of expertise available through entities such as (but not limited to) the California Mobility Center (CMC), a growing organization involved in applied, cutting-edge research and development involving early-stage clean energy and mobility companies.


About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

 “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

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The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

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A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

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.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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