ATLAS is an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention. We inspire research, experimentation and critical thinking that turns ingenious ideas into reality. The institute’s labs and academic programs encourage out-of-the-box thinking and creative exploration, attracting technology visionaries who reach beyond convention, take risks and innovate.

See below for current job openings in ATLAS and in centers closely aligned with the institute.  Current tenure-line faculty searches in the College of Engineering & Applied Science are listed here.


Full-Time Instructor – Creative Technologies in Engineering

The growing ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder seeks an instructor whose work demonstrates a deep understanding of design and computation. CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities- and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region– CU Boulder has a proud tradition of academic excellence. 

ATLAS seeks candidates who are fluent in design, computing, and creative technology, who employ technology in their creative work or research, and pursue unorthodox and unique approaches. Candidates should have a deep knowledge in their area of expertise, which might include, but are not limited to, 3D modeling and animation, data visualization, full-stack web development or AR/VR. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with significant teaching and administrative experience. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

The successful candidate will aspire to be a master teacher, able to mentor students and work with faculty from diverse disciplines and backgrounds; who will help develop curriculum and other programmatic initiatives that encourage curiosity, creativity, and above all an inclusive and diverse community. 

The ATLAS Institute is home to degree programs at all levels in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), including an undergraduate major, minor and certificate, master’s, and PhD. The undergraduate Technology, Arts, and Media program promotes innovative work in creative technology and design within an interdisciplinary environment; the master’s program has tracks in Creative Technologies + Design and Information and Computing Technology for Development (computing for social impact). Our curriculum includes small studio courses that integrate hands-on project-based learning. Teaching responsibilities include seminars, lectures and studios at undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to an undergraduate major housed in the College of Engineering, the ATLAS Institute engages students from diverse disciplines with a wide range of skills and backgrounds.  

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Tenure-track faculty position in autonomous systems—College of Engineering and Applied Science

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is currently seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of autonomous systems. This position is part of the long-term growth plans for the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and supports the new Autonomous Systems Interdisciplinary Research Theme ( We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. The position is open at all levels, with emphasis on applicants at the Assistant Professor level. We are interested in candidates who can complement current expertise and contribute to the Autonomous Systems Interdisciplinary Research Theme through fundamental disciplinary autonomy research and/or application-specific use of autonomous system technology.

This position will be rostered in one of the following departments: Aerospace Engineering Sciences; Computer Science; Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering; or Mechanical Engineering. In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to engage with various research institutions on campus, such as the ATLAS Institute or the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP). Candidates must have an earned a PhD or equivalent degree in aerospace engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics or a related field.

Autonomous systems interact with human partners for extended periods of time, sometimes at remote distances and promise improved safety, reliability, efficiency, adaptability, resiliency, usability, affordability and previously unattainable capabilities. Networked cyber-physical systems pervade modern society. The Autonomous Systems Interdisciplinary Research Theme (ASIRT) investigates how smart, safe and secure autonomy can expand and exploit the full capabilities of these networked systems. This theme convenes faculty from across the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder with expertise in robotics, cyber-security, verification and validation, control theory, artificial intelligence, unmanned systems, machine learning, network science, formal methods and human-robot interaction.

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Candidates will be expected to engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching, contribute professional service, and develop vigorous, externally funded research programs in their technical areas. Candidates whose expertise cuts across engineering and related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. Potential faculty members applying to the Autonomous Systems Interdisciplinary Research Theme at the University of Colorado Boulder should describe their plans to develop a recognized research program based on scholarly work in their particular field, their ideas for interdisciplinary collaboration, the department(s) where they would like to be rostered, their experience and interests in teaching undergraduates and graduates, and their future plans for inspiring diverse students to conduct research.

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual. We encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at The University of Colorado Boulder is supportive of the needs of dual-career couples. 

Applicants must submit their applications online at CU Boulder Jobs (, job positing 12867.  Submit a PDF file containing a cover letter stating your research areas (1-pg), names and contact information for three to five references, curriculum vita, and statements describing your goals related to teaching and research (2-3 pg).

The position will remain open until filled, though for full consideration applications should be received by November 15, 2018.

For inquiries, please contact Professor Eric Frew, Search Committee Chair: Eric Frew

Director, Autonomous Systems Interdisciplinary Research Theme

Professor, Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department