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South Dakota State University
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
South Dakota
Posted: 10/18/2022
Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor - Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applicants for a 9-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track faculty position at the academic rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering with a tentative begin date of August 2023. This position is supervised by the Department Head of EECS at SDSU. Exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor rank will be considered for the Harold C. Hohbach Endowed Professorship in Electrical Engineering.


Candidates with interests in one of the following areas or related areas are encouraged to apply: electrical engineering (EE); electric energy and power engineering; image processing; or materials and devices. The successful candidate is expected to establish and sustain an independent and vibrant research agenda that includes securing independent funding from various sources, mentoring graduate students in research, and disseminating research results in leading scientific journals and conference proceedings. Teaching duties will include instructing standard undergraduate courses in EE and developing/delivering upper-level courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. The candidate will work with graduate and undergraduate students on existing EE and University research programs. The candidate will also develop a curriculum and demonstrate effective teaching in classroom and lab settings for undergraduate and graduate students. The ideal candidate will contribute to professional societies through research, teaching, and service to the diversity of thought and excellence of the next generation of electrical engineers. We seek individuals with a strong interest to collaborate with existing research expertise in the domain areas of EECS and the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.


  • Earned Ph.D. in electrical engineering or a closely related field by start date.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Research experience in electrical engineering or a closely related field.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.


  • Background in one or more of the following areas:
    • Cybersecurity and/or Security of Cyberphysical Systems
    • Machine Learning
    • Edge/Distributed Computing
    • Cyber-Physical Systems
    • Cloud and Quantum Computing
  • Knowledge or experience to pursue and secure funding from various sources.
  • Record of or potential for publications in premium journals and flagship conferences.
  • Ability and commitment to establish and sustain independent and interdisciplinary collaborative research.
  • Aptitude as an effective instructor in EE courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  • Involvement and engagement with professional organizations and societies.
  • Understanding of tech-transfer and intellectual property filings.
  • Effective presentation skills.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering is one of eight colleges within South Dakota State University. The College has a rich history of success in fulfilling its land-grant mission in teaching, research, and outreach and is made up of six departments: agricultural and biosystems engineering, civil and environmental engineering, construction and operations management, electrical engineering and computer science, mathematics and statistics, and mechanical engineering. The College was officially named the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering in June 2013 to honor Mr. Lohr’s profound role in transforming the College as a donor, fundraiser and advocate. The vision of the College is to be a nationally recognized, regionally relevant, student-centered, and accessible land-grant college, and achieve the university’s mission of providing a rigorous, practical education oriented toward problem-solving, conducting world-class regionally relevant research, and providing technical assistance to existing and emerging business, industry and government. 

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department is one of the largest departments within the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at SDSU with 15 faculty members and more than 300 students. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in computer science and electrical engineering and has a rich history of success in fulfilling its mission in teaching, research, and service.

The department occupies modern facilities with well-equipped laboratories and supercomputing resources for both instruction and research. Active student branches of four technical societies provide students with opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that develop professional competence and leadership skills. The environment for study and work is friendly and supportive.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


The position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 1st, 2022.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Tim Hansen at (605) 688-6220 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.