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Aerospace Structural Mechanics and Materials Engineering - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Iowa State University

Date Posted Jul. 26, 2022
Title Aerospace Structural Mechanics and Materials Engineering - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
University Iowa State University
Ames, IA, United States
Department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Aerospace Structural Mechanics and Materials Engineering - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Appointment Type: Faculty

Job Description:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of Aerospace Engineering, in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in the area of Aerospace Structural Mechanics and Materials, involving either a modeling, computational or experimental focus. Exceptional candidates with commensurate experience and proven track record will be considered for the Associate or Full Professor ranks.

Current research thrust areas of the Aerospace Engineering Department in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics discipline include: computational and experimental aerodynamics; aircraft icing and anti-/de-icing; aeroacoustics; air-breathing propulsion; wind energy and wind engineering; computational and experimental solid mechanics and materials science; composites and aerospace structures; formal methods and software engineering; autonomy; non-destructive evaluation and testing; flight dynamics and astrodynamics; guidance and navigation; control theory; aerospace systems and design optimization.

Successful candidates will be expected to establish, sustain and grow a world-class research program that complements or aligns with the department’s areas through both independent and collaborative efforts.  Additionally, the candidate is expected to establish a record of scholarship at the highest levels. The candidate is expected to teach courses in solid mechanics for aerospace engineering that include aircraft and spacecraft structures at the undergraduate level, as well as advanced courses at the graduate level, and to engage in institutional service as well as service to the profession.  Candidates should have strong communication skills, share our commitment to enhancing excellence through diversity and inclusion, and exhibit the potential for long-term leadership in supporting the mission of the department, college, and university.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is committed to sustaining a collegial, positive, and productive environment for each individual and for the collective benefit of all. All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within department, college, and university activities, interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in aerospace engineering or a closely aligned field

  • Associate Professor candidates must also meet the university standards for appointment to the rank, including significant experience/accomplishments in the candidate’s area of expertise

  • Full Professor candidates are required to have national distinction, international recognition, and a substantial scholarly record in their area of expertise, in addition to the aforementioned requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of collaboration and leadership in research and education.

  • A research focus that supports applications in advanced manufacturing.

  • All aerospace application areas will be considered; however, the department is particularly interested in areas related to: advanced methods in additive manufacturing, space structures, smart and adaptive structures, data driven structures and optimization for aerospace applications, structural health monitoring and non-destructive evaluation, advanced materials design fabrication and testing, dynamic structures and impact dynamics, multi-scale materials and advanced composites.

  • B.S. in aerospace engineering or a closely aligned field.

  • An ability to teach undergraduate aerospace courses in one or more of the following areas: aircraft structures, spacecraft structures, including aerospace materials.

  • Demonstrated commitment to and/or record of efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion.

Department/Program & College Description:

About the Aerospace Engineering Department

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is nationally recognized for its research and teaching. The department has an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in aerospace engineering and graduate programs offering MEng, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in both aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics. The department is comprised of 21 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, 10 non-tenure eligible teaching and research faculty, 16 staff members, and approximately 940 undergraduate and 90 graduate students.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff. The College of Engineering consists of eight departments with annual research expenditures exceeding $105 million.

Iowa State University is located in Ames, IA, a progressive community of 66,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the Midwest, and is beaming with community pride and accolades.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. Diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university expects that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Iowa State University and the College of Engineering are responsive to the needs of dual-career couples and are dedicated to work-life balance through an array of flexible work policies.

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Proposed Start Date: August 16, 2023
Number of Months Employed Per Year: 09 Month Work Period
Time Type: Full time

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to receive full consideration, applications should be received by September 1, 2022. All interested, qualified persons must apply for this position online at to job requisition number R9134.

The following documents are required to be submitted in PDF format:

1) Letter of application (including information about the desired rank) that briefly discusses how the candidate meets each of the preferred qualifications;

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Contact information for at least three references, including name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and other pertinent information.

4) Other documents to be combined into one PDF:

  • One-page teaching statement, including courses that could be taught at Iowa State.

  • One-page research statement, that includes a brief statement of equipment needs.

  • One-page statement of experiences promoting diversity and inclusion, which could include advocacy, support, study, and experience with individuals and issues outside the candidate’s personal background.

Direct questions to, or call 515-294-8456.

Job Requisition Number: R9134

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email


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