Mechatronic Systems

The School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile invites applications for a full-time faculty position in the area of Mechatronic Systems.  The appointment will be affiliated to the Department of Electrical Engineering (DIE) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (DIMM) in a 50%-50% ratio.

Duties: The selected candidate is expected to:
(a) Conduct teaching, research and technological innovation activities in any area related to mechatronic systems.
(b) Teach at least one course in mechatronics/robotics applied to device fabrication and manufacturing processes.
(c) Develop a strong externally funded research program.

Requirements: Applicants must hold (or be currently pursuing studies towards) a Ph.D. in a related discipline.  It is important that the applicant is able to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary projects with academic and industrial partners, both at the national and international level.  The selected candidate is not expected to be fluent in Spanish at the time of hiring, but should be willing to learn and become fluent in two-three years from the time of hiring.

Applicants must demonstrate potential for excellence and a strong vocation for all aspects of academic life, be highly motivated to continuously improve their teaching skills, have a genuine interest in getting involved with our graduate programs (specially the doctoral program) and be able to develop and maintain an active research agenda. The successful candidate will also be expected to create new undergraduate and graduate courses and teach traditional courses in related areas, associated to the interests of DIE and DIMM.

Special consideration will be given to:
(a) The candidate’s experience in one or more of the different aspects involved in mechatronics including, but not limited to, mechanisms design and manufacturing, mechanical systems dynamics, applied control systems, machine automation, sensors and instrumentation.
(b) The candidate’s potential to contribute to R&D of mechatronic and robotic systems with applications to field robotics (such as agricultural, mining, space robotics), industrial automation, manufacturing processes, rapid prototyping, biomechatronics and medical devices.

Application instructions

Candidates should submit the following documents to (in the email subject line, please put: “Mechatronic Systems”; see note A) by November 30th, 2016 (late applications may be considered until the position is filled).

  1. A statement of purpose (in Spanish or English) indicating why you should be considered for the vacancy and your plans in the areas of research and teaching. Be as specific as possible, e.g., giving examples of how you aim to transfer your engineering knowledge to undergraduate and graduate students, and detailing potential collaboration networks with other researchers you may have developed or intend to develop in the future.
  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae (in Spanish or English, note B).
  3. Copies of your five most recent ISI publications, if available. Otherwise, include any articles you consider relevant in the context of your application.

In addition, candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed directly by the signatories to

Note A:
You will get an automated response from this email address confirming that your documents have been received.
Note B:
The CV must be organized as follows:i.        Personal background: name, address, contact telephone (with country and city codes),                       email address, web page (if any).

ii.        Educational experience (university or institution, courses taught, years).

iii.        Professional experience (employer, duties, years).

iv.        Education: list of all degrees or professional titles obtained indicating granting institutions                  and dates, beginning with your secondary school diploma. If you are currently enrolled in a                doctoral program, indicate when you expect to obtain the degree.

v.        Research:

a.        List of ISI journal publications (see note C).

b.        List of other publications such as reports, books or book chapters, conferences                                  attended, research projects participated in, patents, etc.

vi.        Other: prizes and awards, computer skills, languages, any other background information                   that you consider relevant.

Note C:
Please avoid padding the list with other publications, such as non ISI journals, conference presentations and the like. To check whether a journal is included in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) master list, visit the following web site:

Once the complete set of application materials has been received, the applicant will be contacted within two months and informed whether or not his/her application has been accepted for further consideration. If this initial screening is successful, the candidate will be asked to give a lecture on his/her current research topics and attend interviews with faculty members of the departments of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, the Dean of the School of Engineering and the Selection Committee.

Further information

Additional information may be obtained by emailing Dr. Cristián Tejos (, Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department or Dr. Jorge Ramos (, Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department.