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Computational Aerodynamics and Propulsion – Assistant/Associate/Professor
Iowa State University

Date Posted Jun. 10, 2021
Title Computational Aerodynamics and Propulsion – Assistant/Associate/Professor
University Iowa State University
Ames, IA, United States
Department Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Application Deadline Sep. 15, 2021
Position Start Date January 2022
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  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics

The Department of Aerospace Engineering, in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University invites applications for the position of tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate/full professor in the area of computational methods for aerodynamics or propulsion. The Aerospace Engineering Department currently conducts research in applied mathematics, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, turbulence and transition, low Reynolds number flow, and boundary layers. The department is particularly interested in areas related to propulsion, high speed aerodynamics, turbulent flows and advanced fluid dynamics applications such as real gases, rarefied gases, plasmas and turbulence modeling. However, all aerospace application areas will be considered. Exceptional candidates with commensurate experience and proven track record will be considered for the rank of associate or full professor. Highly qualified candidates will be considered for the Muilenburg Professorship.

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, contribute to the teaching missions at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and 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.

About the Department
The Department of Aerospace Engineering is nationally recognized for its research and teaching, offering BS, MS, and PhD degrees. The department has an ABET accredited undergraduate program in aerospace engineering and graduate programs in aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics. The department has research strengths in fluid mechanics, mechanics of materials; autonomy guidance and control; formal methods and software engineering; aerodynamics; aero-structural interaction; complex systems and optimization; and non-destructive evaluation and testing. The faculty is comprised of 23 full-time tenured/tenure-track, 10 non-tenure eligible teaching, and research faculty, 16 staff members, and approximately 833 undergraduate, and 94 graduate students. Departmental research expenditures were $4 million in 2020. For more information on the department, please visit

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
· Record of research excellence as evidenced by highly cited refereed journal and conference publications and participation or leadership in funded research projects and other activities at the national or international level.
· Teaching experience in aerospace engineering or closely related field.
· Experience in algorithm development and applications of computational methods in aerodynamics, propulsion or advanced fluid mechanics.
· Experience in high performance computing.
· All aerospace application areas will be considered. However, the department is particularly interested in areas related to propulsion, high speed aerodynamics, turbulent flows and advanced fluid dynamics applications such as flow-structure interaction, real gases, rarefied gases.
· An ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in computational fluid dynamics and related areas as evidenced by prior teaching experience or relevant coursework.
· An ability to teach undergraduate aerospace engineering courses involving basic programming and numerical methods, wing and body aerodynamics, aircraft and rocket propulsion, and gas dynamics as evidenced by prior teaching experience or relevant coursework.
· Demonstrated commitment and activity for diversity and inclusion.

Application Instructions
Applications will begin to be reviewed on August 23, 2021. The posting will remain open until September 15. All interested, qualified persons must apply for this position online at

The following documents are required to be submitted in PDF format:
1. Letter of application/cover letter (including information about desired rank and a COVID impact statement) and addressing the preferred qualifications,
2. curriculum vitae,
3. contact information for at least three references, including name, mailing address, email address, and phone number, and other pertinent information and
4. a single PDF that contains:
a. one-page maximum teaching statement,
b. one-page maximum research statement, and
c. one-page maximum inclusivity and diversity statement.
Direct questions to, or call 515-294-8456.

  • 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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Contact Information

  • Arlene Grebasch
    Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
    Iowa State University
    537 Bissell Road, 1200 Howe Hall
    Ames, IA 50010
  • 515-294-8456


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