Research Assistant in Computer Engineering
Iowa State University
United States

Position Title:

Research Assistant Professor



Appointment Type:




Job Description:

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (, in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, invites applications for the position of Research Assistant Professor.  This is a 3-year term research faculty position that holds responsibilities primarily contributing to the research mission of the department through scholarly impact and an externally funded research program in the areas of power system expansion planning, offshore wind, and transmission development.  The responsibilities include mentoring graduate and undergraduate students working on research and design projects.


Term Faculty hold limited-term, full or part-time, renewable appointments that are not eligible for tenure, but have the potential to be reviewed for advancement into senior ranks.  Research faculty must secure extramural funding to fully support their research program and at least 80% but no more than 90% of their salary, with the remainder salary provided by the department.


Successful candidates will have experience that demonstrates exceptional ability or potential to produce scholarship, compete for and secure funding from external sources, and the capability for long-term leadership in their research field.  They will also exhibit excellent communication skills and share in our commitment to achieving excellence through diversity and inclusion. 


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is committed to sustaining a collegial, positive, and productive environment for each individual and for the collective benefit of all. All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within department, college, and university activities, interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

  •  PhD in Electrical Engineering


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Power Systems Engineering.

  • R&D experience in power systems engineering, wind and solar integration to the grid, generation and transmission expansion planning, production cost simulation, transmission network analysis, and optimization theory and application.

  • Introductory knowledge of programming in GAMS.

  • Two years of experience using industry-grade network analysis tools (e.g., PSS\E, GE-PSLF) with large industry-sized datasets.

  • Knowledge of US Midwestern bulk electric system.

  • Experience communicating with power systems engineers in industry.

  • Track record of scholarly publications in IEEE journals and conferences.


Department/Program & College Description:

 The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University is home to 60 faculty and is associated with 11 research centers and institutes. The department boasts 20 IEEE Fellows, over $15.4M in research expenditures (FY20), and one of the largest ECpE enrollments in the nation.


Department Unit/Website:

For more information about our department’s engineering programs, go to


About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff. The College of Engineering consists of eight departments with annual research expenditures exceeding $105 million.


Iowa State University is located in Ames, IA, a progressive community of 66,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the Midwest, and is beaming with community pride and accolades.


Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. Diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university expects that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.


Iowa State University and the College of Engineering are responsive to the needs of dual-career couples and are dedicated to work-life balance through an array of flexible work policies.


Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to receive full consideration, applications should be received by June 2nd, 2023. All interested, qualified persons must apply for this position online at

The following documents are required to be submitted in PDF format:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Application/Cover Letter that briefly discusses how the candidate meets each of the preferred qualifications

  • Contact information for at least three references, including name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and other pertinent information

  • One-page research statement


Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to James McCalley ( or Sara K. Harris (



Proposed Start Date:

August 16, 2023



Proposed End Date or Length of Term:

May 15, 2026



Number of Months Employed Per Year:

09 Month Work Period



Time Type:

Full time



Application Instructions:

Why Choose ISU?
Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:
• Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
• Generous leave plans;
• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
• Life insurance and long-term disability;
• Flexible Spending Accounts;
• Various voluntary benefits and discounts;
• Employee Assistance Program;
• Wellbeing program.



Original Posting Date:

May 25, 2023




Posting Close Date:



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