UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA-Director, PH.D. Program In Intelligent Systems & Robotics

The University of West Florida ( invites nominations and applications for the appointment of Director, Ph.D. Program in Intelligent Systems & Robotics. The Director will lead a new program which is a collaborative effort in conjunction with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC,


Based in Pensacola with additional locations in the region, UWF is home to five academic colleges, offering a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as specialist degrees and a doctorate in education. With a student population of nearly 13,000 and an average class size of less than 40, UWF is committed to providing a close-knit academic experience and is consistently named a top “military friendly” university.
At UWF, we are driven by a mission to not only provide a high-quality education to our students, but to contribute to our region with our time and resources. We’re here to drive growth now and into the future, on campus, in our community and around the world.

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  • Provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education,
  • Conduct teaching and research that services the body of knowledge, and
  • Contribute to the needs of professions and society.

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The mission of the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering (HMCSE) at the University of West Florida is to provide innovative programs of excellence in education, research, and public and professional service at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. HMCSE promotes the production of highly competitive graduates as judged by the highest academic standards in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Within HMCSE, the Department of Intelligent Systems & Robotics will be the home of the new Ph.D. program. It is anticipated that the new Ph.D. program will engage faculty across HMCSE and UWF in developing a nationally prominent research program.
The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition is a not-for-profit research institute of the State University System of Florida. IHMC has grown into one of the nation’s premier research institutes with multiple university and industry affiliations and more than 100 researchers and staff investigating a broad range of topics related to understanding cognition in both humans and machines. Particular emphasis is placed on multidisciplinary approaches to building computational tools to leverage and amplify human cognitive, physical and perceptual capabilities. Current active research areas include: agile computing, knowledge modeling and sharing, adjustable autonomy, advanced interfaces and displays, communication and collaboration, computer-mediated learning systems, intelligent data understanding, software agents, expertise studies, computer and network security, work practice simulation, knowledge representation, biologically-inspired robotics, trust in autonomy and other related areas.


The Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering (HMCSE) at the University of West Florida (UWF), Pensacola, Florida, invites applications for a full-time Director of the new Ph.D. program in Intelligent Systems and Robotics which is anticipated to launch in fall 2019 (position number 125370). The new program is a collaborative effort with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC, in Pensacola, Florida. The successful candidate will have a joint appointment with IHMC. In addition to teaching and research responsibilities commensurate with faculty in Ph.D. programs, the Director will be responsible for the shaping and ongoing administration of the new program, hiring of new faculty, and the recruitment of doctoral students.


The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering or a related discipline from an accredited institution with a demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, academic research, and service. Applicants who work in all areas associated within Intelligent Systems and Robotics at the rank of Associate or Full Professor are encouraged to apply. However, strong preference will be given to applicants within the field of Intelligent Systems who present evidence of successful program creation or administration combined with national/international recognition for scholarship and creative achievements.


The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. The application process entails the submission of a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a statement of research.

The University of West Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Disabled/Veteran employer. Any individual requiring special accommodation to apply is requested to advise UWF by contacting UWF Human Resources at 1-850-474-2694 (voice) or 1-850-857-6158 (TTY). A criminal background check is required for successful candidates. E-Verify requirements may apply for employment in certain positions. All applications for employment at the University are subject to Florida public records law.

Nominations, applications, and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the university’s executive recruitment consultants:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner
Chelsie Whitelock, Principal

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