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Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, Aerospace Engineering
Pennsylvania State University

Date Posted Aug. 31, 2018
Title Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, Aerospace Engineering
University Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA, United States
Department Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
    Associate Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics

Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for multiple full-time, tenure-track faculty position starting in Fall 2019. The anticipated positions are intended for the rank of Assistant Professor, although exceptional applicants at more senior ranks may also be considered.

Outstanding candidates working in all subject areas relevant to aerospace engineering will be considered. One position has special emphasis in the area of vehicle design, particularly towards the design of novel aircraft, rotorcraft or spacecraft enabled by new technologies, new business models, and/or pervasive on-board sensing and computation. A second position is focused on space systems, including space and rocket propulsion, launch vehicles, entry-descent-landing (EDL), and the design, fabrication, and launch of small satellites. Further positions will be considered for exceptional candidates with expertise in other foundational areas of aerospace engineering, including air breathing propulsion, applied aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, hypersonics, and rotorcraft. Applicants should articulate their plans to set up a research program to attract outside research sponsorship, contribute to the aerospace industry, and result in published research findings. Further, applicants should describe how they would collaborate with the disciplinary strengths already in place within the department and across the University in support of cross-disciplinary collaborative research and in support of the department's undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State is strongly committed to our educational mission. Successful candidates should demonstrate interest in, and commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in aerospace engineering or a related field by the time the positions begin. Responses received before December 17, 2018 are assured full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronically a single pdf file that contains a cover letter, a CV, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for at least three references.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering enjoys an excellent international reputation in aeronautics and astronautics. The department currently has 20 full-time faculty members, more than 350 juniors and seniors, and more than 120 graduate students. Annual research expenditures exceed $6 million.

Penn State at University Park is a land-grant institution located within the beautiful Appalachian mountains of central Pennsylvania. State College and nearby communities within Centre County are home to roughly 100,000 people, including over 40,000 students, and offer a rich variety of cultural, recreational, educational, and athletic activities. State College is a wonderful community in which to raise a family and has an excellent public school system.

We especially encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, as the department seeks to grow in the diversity of its faculty. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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