Assistant/Associate Professor - Aerospace Engineering Space Systems

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS
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Aerospace Engineering

Position Overview

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas is seeking nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Space Systems.  The Aerospace Engineering faculty are currently engaged in numerous externally funded research programs, with support from Federal (NASA, NSF, ONR, AFRL, ARL), Industrial (Lockheed, GE, Microsoft Research), Private (Paul G. Allen) and other sources.  We are seeking to expand in the area of space systems, to include small satellites, space robotics and related sub-specialties (GNC, structures, propulsion) to supplement our existing strengths in suborbital remote sensing and precision orbit determination. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience and a continuing interest in the design of small satellites. The new hire will collaborate with many faculty in Aerospace Engineering, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), Electrical Engineering, Physics and others to advance multi-disciplinary research and education, and build a sustained externally funded research program. 

Applications are sought from candidates with earned doctorates in Aerospace Engineering or closely related fields by the time of appointment.  The successful candidate will be results-oriented, have a record of superior scholarship, have experience in externally funded research commensurate with the rank of appointment, develop or maintain an externally funded research program, and teach high quality courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department values diversity in pedagogy, in the curriculum, in outreach to students, and in research.

The University of Kansas School of Engineering has embarked on a strategic plan that leads to significant expansion while taking explicit care to maintain and improve the high-quality student programs for which the university is known.  This “Building on Excellence Initiative” is a multi-faceted approach that drives growth in facilities, faculty, leadership, research and, most important, students, as it helps industry partners find the new talent, designs and techniques they need to fuel economic growth and business success.  Our undergraduate student body has grown by 63% in the last five years, and our PhD student body has grown by 45% in the last 6 years.  Special consideration will be given to applicants committed to excellence, who can contribute to the University's innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary initiatives to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that will change the world.  The Department of Aerospace Engineering currently has 13 tenured/tenure-track faculty, approximately 252 undergraduate students and 42 graduate students, with programs leading to bachelors, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

KU is a comprehensive educational and research-intensive AAU institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system, with 28,500 students and 2,800 faculty members.  Opened in 1866, KU’s main campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, occupying 1,000 acres on Mount Oread in Lawrence, a thriving city of 95,000, located 30 minutes west of Kansas City in the forested hills of eastern Kansas.  The School of Engineering and KU have developed an overall Strategic Plan, which is available online (

Job Description

40% Teaching
Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Aerospace Engineering and associated disciplines. Participate in undergraduate and graduate student academic advising. Mentor graduate students in research and serve as the major advisor and chair of master’s and doctoral level thesis committees.

40%  Scholarship
Develop and direct a significant and sustainable research program that includes directing students, establishing external funding to support research, and disseminating findings through peer-reviewed manuscripts and/or issued patents.  Collaborate with faculty and professional staff on KU campuses.  For Assistant Professors, develop a strong externally-funded research program.  For Associate Professors, sustain and grow existing externally-funded research programs.  Research productivity at KU is evaluated with respect to publications in respected academic journals as well as success in acquiring external research grants, and financially supporting and mentoring master’s and doctoral students.

20%  Service
Perform University, School, Departmental and professional service activities and serve on committees normally expected of university faculty commensurate with rank.  Serve on professional society technical committees as appropriate.  Foster a positive relationship with industry and the community.  Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering or a closely-related field by the start date of appointment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field, with a demonstrated record of scholarship as evidenced by a rank-appropriate publication record in reputable refereed journals, books and/or patents.
  • A well-defined and promising vision for an externally-funded research program
  • Candidates for a tenured position will possess the academic credentials to qualify for a tenured faculty appointment at the University of Kansas, including but not limited to a demonstrated ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels, a strong record of externally-funded research and a demonstrated capability to interact with other researchers to develop successful research programs.
  • Evaluation of the these requirements will be made through (a) your letter of application describing your work and educational experiences as well as your demonstrated commitment in working with diverse groups; (b) record of accomplishments and productivity in research and teaching as addressed in the c.v., including research publications and conference presentations (c) a statement addressing your commitment/approach in the use or development of inclusive teaching/advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials, and (d) information provided from three professional references.

    Position Requirements: The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Search Committee Chair Dr. Mark Ewing, 785-864-2964,; or Department Chair Dr. Richard Hale 785-864-2949,

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Screening of applications will begin on January 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  The target starting date is Fall, 2019.  The successful candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.  Applications must be submitted at .

    Complete applications will include:

  • Cover letter
  • Complete curriculum vita
  • A vision statement for research interests and plans
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and plans including efforts to diversify the field of engineering
  • The contact information for three professional references 
  • KU is an EEO/AA employer, and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.  EOE M/F/D/V.

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Advertised Salary Range

    Commensurate with experience


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