Associate / Assistant Professor

The Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking candidates for four tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant and/or associate professor level. See below for details.

  • Electrical engineering (Assistant or Associate professor): power electronics, power systems, and related areas. Qualifications: Applicants at the Assistant level must hold a Ph.D. in electrical engineering or similar at the time of appointment. Applicants at the Associate level must hold a Ph.D. and have four years of post-Ph.D. experience in the relevant fields at the time of appointment. 


  • Electrical engineering (Assistant or Associate professor): communications and networking including but not limited to wireless communications and networking,  6G communication systems, integrated communications and sensing, satellite communications, RF circuit design for communications, communication hardware prototyping, information theory and coding. Qualifications: Applicants at the Assistant level must hold a Ph.D. in computer engineering, electrical engineering, or similar at the time of appointment. Applicants at the Associate level must hold a Ph.D. and have four years of post-Ph.D. experience in the relevant fields at the time of appointment.


  • Computer science or Engineering (Assistant professor): ​​software security, web security, network security, mobile security, system security, and privacy. Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering or similar at the time of appointment.


  • Computer engineering (Assistant professor): VLSI design, electronic design automation, emerging architectures and technologies, hardware-assisted cybersecurity, and cyber-physical systems. Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or similar at the time of appointment.


The successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain sponsored research programs, supervise student research, teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and be committed to academic service. Additionally, the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application deadline: November 15, 2023. Applications received after the deadline may be considered until the position is filled.  The search committee will give priority to exceptional research performance and promise of future work.


The Tickle College of Engineering is undergoing an unprecedented period of growth and success and anticipates adding over 30 new faculty over the next three years as part of ambitious cluster hiring campaigns led by Chancellor Donde Plowman and Dean Matthew Mench. The college has set records in research expenditures, enrollment, incoming student GPA, diversity, and intellectual property development for two years running. New facilities include the state-of-the art Zeanah Engineering Complex, the University of Tennessee Manufacturing and Design Enterprise (TN-MADE) facility, and the Innovation South building now under construction that will house UT’s Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF). TCE currently has 185 T/TT and 67 NTT faculty in its seven academic departments and offers 12 undergraduate, 16 MS, and 15 PhD degree programs. Affiliated with TCE and located in Tullahoma, Tennessee, the UT Space Institute is a hub of aerospace and defense research. The college is also home to eight research centers and three interdisciplinary institutes. With approximately 3,800 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students, the college sits 31st among public universities in the most recent U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings. Faculty in the college have won 21 early career awards (NSF, DoE, DARPA, AFOSR, and ARO) since 2016. In FY22, the college had NSF HERD research expenditures of $109 million.


UTK is the state’s flagship campus and leading research institution with a strong partnership with the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where many UTK faculty have ongoing joint positions and/or joint research projects. EECS at UTK has 44 full-time T/TT faculty members, including 2 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 13 IEEE  fellows, and 13 NSF/DOE CAREER awardees. The department has a growing enrollment of more than 1,000 undergraduate and 250 graduate students across the three majors of  Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. In addition, the department offers undergraduate minors in computer science, cybersecurity, datacenter technology and management, and machine learning. Successful faculty candidates will be expected to contribute to the continued growth and excellence of EECS.


The city of  Knoxville is a hidden gem with an elegant and walkable downtown, rich and varied nightlife cultures, vibrant neighborhoods, eclectic restaurants, and amazing access to outdoor activities of all kinds as well as exciting cultural events throughout the year. UTK is in Knoxville TN, within an easy driving distance to Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From Knoxville’s TYS Airport, Knoxville has nonstop flights to 22 major airports in the US, including direct flights to cities such as DC, NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando, and Miami.

In addition, Knoxville and the surrounding areas boast great K-12 schools and one of the most highly educated populations in the entire US. From 2007 to 2017, Tennessee’s overall economy growth ranked #7 among all 50 US states. In 2019, US News ranked the State of Tennessee in the US as the #1 in fiscal stability, #12 in economy, and #13 in infrastructure.


Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct these searches. Applicants to these positions receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

To apply, see the respective Interfolio links for each position in the Faculty Openings section of the EECS Employment Opportunities website (


Submit the following items online in Interfolio to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • Three References


For questions, please email Application deadline: November 15, 2023.



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