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Job ID: 114076

Senior Faculty Position
Auburn University

Date Posted Oct. 17, 2018
Title Senior Faculty Position
University Auburn University
Auburn University, AL, United States
Department Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2019
  • Associate Professor
    Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University invites applications for a senior rank tenure-track or tenured faculty position (Associate or Full Professor). Applications are invited in all areas related to aerospace engineering with an emphasis on the strength and caliber of the candidate’s existing research program and the candidate’s ability and desire to provide mentorship and leadership to a young, enthusiastic, and rapidly growing department. The candidate will be considered for a prestigious Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professorship and is expected to fully contribute to the department’s mission through (i) the development of a strong, nationally recognized, funded research program, (ii) teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and (iii) professional service. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of scholarship, a creative vision for research, an active interest in engineering education, and strong communication skills. Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely related field at the time of employment.

Candidates should log in and submit a cover letter, CV, research vision, teaching philosophy, and three references at: Cover letters may be addressed to: Dr. Brian Thurow, Search Committee Chair, 211 Davis Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849. To ensure full consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply before December 1, 2018 although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the U.S. at the time that the appointment begins and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Additional information about the department may be found at:

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University is in the midst of unprecedented growth with undergraduate enrollment increasing by 40% in last 4 years to nearly 500 students. This growth has been complemented by aggressive faculty hiring with the department now consisting of 4 Full Professors, 9 Assistant Professors and 3 Lecturers. Our current focus is on the development of world-class research programs and growth of the graduate student body from its current size of over 50 students to a goal number of 100 graduate students within the next five years. The department is part of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, which has a total enrollment of over 6,000 students and is home to several nationally recognized research centers. Auburn University’s proximity to the aerospace, defense, and government enterprises located from Huntsville, AL down to the Florida Space Coast presents a unique opportunity for the department to emerge from this growth phase as one of the premier aerospace engineering departments in the country.

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2019, it was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the "best small towns in America," with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.

  • In support of our strategic plan, Auburn University will maintain its strong commitment to diversity with standards to help ensure faculty, staff, and student diversity through recruitment and retention efforts.

    Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

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Contact Information

  • Brian Thurow
    Aerospace Engineering
    Auburn University
    211 Davis Hall
    Auburn University
    Auburn, AL 36849
  • 3348446827


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