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Assistant or Associate Professor
New Mexico State University

Date Posted Sep. 16, 2021
Title Assistant or Associate Professor
University New Mexico State University More About This Institution...
Las Cruces, NM, United States
Department Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Application Deadline Nov. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering
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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) is searching for outstanding applicants in all areas of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank by Fall 2022. Preference will be placed on applicants with research expertise in hypersonics including, but not limited to, hypersonic aerothermodynamics, high-speed experimental fluid mechanics, instrumentation and uncertainty quantification, high-temperature material development and characterization, cold and hot structures, and structural-health monitoring. The candidates need to show potential to aggressively leverage opportunities at the state and federal levels, to develop an impactful and sustainable research program, and to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses. The candidates should be able to demonstrate a plan for successful collaborations with other faculty at the department, college, and university levels that fosters cross-disciplinary research.

NMSU is a land- and space-grant institution with a student population of more than 24,000. NMSU is classified by Carnegie as a Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity and as a Community Engagement institution with a large body of Hispanic and Native American students. The MAE department has strong undergraduate and graduate programs and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Its location in Southern New Mexico is unique and puts the MAE department in close vicinity to Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, NASA White Sands Test Facility, ARL White Sands Missile Range, AFRL at Kirtland AFB, and Spaceport America. The MAE department collaborates with the NMSU Physical Science Laboratory (a SCIF), which operates one of the largest FAA Flight Test Centers in the nation. Famous for the Organ Mountains National Monument and historic Mesilla, a healthy climate, affordable living, Las Cruces with its strong Southwestern culture is an attractive choice to build a successful career.

Responsibilities of an MAE Assistant/Associate Professor include:

  • Developing an internationally-renowned, externally funded, independent research program;
  • Teaching undergraduate; and, teaching and developing new graduate-level courses;
  • Advising students at undergraduate and graduate levels; and
  • Participating in MAE shared governance processes and service activities.


  • Ph.D. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, or a closely-related field;
  • Proven capacity or clear potential to secure externally-sponsored, competitive research;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce scholarly archival publications;
  • Expression of a strong dedication to undergraduate and graduate-level teaching; and
  • Commitment to inclusiveness for all students in teaching, learning and advising.

The positions are for a 9-month appointment that will include a competitive salary and startup package. Appropriate candidates will be considered for the Forrest Mooney Endowed Professorship. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s prior experience and qualifications. All offers of employment are contingent upon verification of the individual’s eligibility for employment in the US and upon the successful completion of applicable background reviews.

Applications must be received by November 15, 2021 for full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the positions have been filled. Applicants should submit the following documents: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a two-page statement of teaching interests and philosophy, (4) a statement of research plans, and (5) the names and contact information of at least three professional references. Please submit these items electronically at (or search job number 2100124F at

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • New Mexico State University (NMSU) is dedicated to providing equal opportunities in our employment and learning environments. NMSU does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, retaliation, serious medical condition, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, spousal affiliation, or protected veteran status in its programs and activities as required by equal opportunity/affirmative action regulations and laws and university policy and rules.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Fangjun Shu
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
    New Mexico State University
    P.O. Box 30001
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
  • 575-646-2118


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