Teaching Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Boulder, COLORADO
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Jun 2023

5 May 2023
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Educational sciences
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Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

United States
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2 Jun 2023 - 00:00 (UTC)
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Offer Description

Teaching Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Requisition Number: 47945
Location: Boulder Colorado
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Schedule: Full Time
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Job Summary

The Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a full-time Teaching Assistant Professor (non-tenure-track Instructor) to teach in its undergraduate program with an emphasis on hands-on design at the freshman level, systems engineering and design, computer-aided design, and manufacturing. This position will manage and support design and fabrication needs in the areas of education, research, and administration in AES by: managing the AES machine shop; providing fabrication support for the undergraduate education laboratory environment known as the Practical Innovation and Learning through Observation and Testing (PILOT) and for student design projects; and supervising the machine shop staff.

This position will be a member of the AES faculty and will participate in course development and assessment, faculty governance, and university service. The position is anticipated to start in Fall 2023.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CU Boulder's Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences is nationally known for teaching and research that address both challenges and opportunities facing the aerospace profession. Students work extensively on hands-on experiments in the Practical Innovation Through Learning, Observation, and Teaching (PILOT) Laboratory and design projects alongside expert faculty in the department's world-class research centers. CU aerospace alumni are working at top companies and research labs, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, The Boeing Company, and Lockheed Martin.

We are home to 58 tenure-track, research, and instructional faculty, over 550 graduate students, and over 1,100 undergraduates. Our vibrant community of engineers and scientists tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences website (http://www.colorado.edu/aerospace ) to understand the educational mission of the department, the specific courses that are taught in the undergraduate curriculum, and how they would specifically contribute to offering these courses.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

A successful candidate in this position will typically teach 4 courses during the academic year. This position typically includes an effort allocation of 66% teaching and 34% service. Teaching responsibilities will include freshmen-level design courses (e.g. ASEN 1400, ASEN 1403) serving on the Project Advisory Board (PAB) of the AES Senior Projects ASEN 4018, ASEN 4028; and other courses approved by the chair. Service responsibilities include machine shop management, manufacturing education, and supervising the Shop Coordinator and student personnel associated with the various shops in the AES building. Research is typically not included in this position unless related to engineering education.

What You Should Know

  • The anticipated start date is August 21, 2023.
  • This is a three-year renewable position.

What We Can Offer

  • The anticipated salary range for this position at the Teaching Assistant Professor rank is $88,000 - $105,000 academic year salary.
  • In addition to a competitive salary, the University of Colorado Boulder offers gender-neutral paid parental leave ; housing down-payment assistance programs ; a relocation and dual career assistance program ; and teaching , and professional development .


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

PhD degree in either aerospace, aeronautical, or astronautical engineering, or a closely related field or a MS degree in either aerospace, aeronautical, or astronautical engineering, or a closely related field with 4 years of experience in a related field, or a BS degree in either aerospace, aeronautical, or astronautical engineering, or a closely related field with 6 years of experience in a related field.

What You Will Need

Viable candidates should be capable of teaching a wide range of undergraduate aerospace engineering courses in both lecture and laboratory formats. Specific areas of interest include hands-on design, systems engineering and design, computer-aided design, machining and manufacturing, and safety engineering.

An understanding and appreciation for aerospace engineering fundamentals, as well as excellent management, communication, and organizational skills, along with a willingness to learn quickly, is required.

Applicants must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with the ability to teach and work in a highly collaborative environment.

Candidates must be able to support design and fabrication needs in the areas of education, research, and administration by managing a modern machine shop, supervising the shop staff, and teaching students and staff how to use the available equipment.

Candidates with prior university teaching experience in a relevant field and years of industry experience in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. Relevant fields are aerospace, aeronautical, astronautical engineering, or closely related fields.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials as PDF files:

  • CV or resume: A current curriculum vita.
  • Cover letter: A one-page cover letter describing your interest in the position and summarizing your personal academic goals. This should be addressed to Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy: A two-page statement of your teaching philosophy and interests which are relevant to the Aerospace Engineering Sciences curriculum.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement: Statement of how you plan to contribute to CU’s efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist university. For guidance in writing this statement, see https://www.colorado.edu/engineering/support-faculty-applicants .
  • List of 1-3 References: Please upload a document that lists the contact information for one to three references who may be contacted during the search process and are prepared to submit a letter of recommendation to be considered along with your application. Please include names, job titles, phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, however, to guarantee full consideration please submit your application by May 3, 2023.

    Candidates who are invited for an in-depth interview will be expected to conduct a lecture on one or more of the topics identified in this opening. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants.

    Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs (search by job title or for requisition number: 47945).

    To apply, visit https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/Teaching-Assistant-Professor-in-Aerospace-Engineering-Sciences-at-the-University-of-Colorado-Boulder/47945

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