AERE - Aerospace Autonomy - All Levels

Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 15, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

AERE - Aerospace Autonomy - All Levels

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of Aerospace Engineering, in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, invites applications for the nine-month position of assistant/associate/full professor with research interests in forward-looking areas of aerospace autonomy and teaching ability in core aerospace engineering courses. However, all aerospace research areas will be considered. Exceptional candidates with commensurate experience and proven track record will be considered for the rank of associate or full professor.

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.

Required Minimum 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 candidates' 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.
  • Evidence of collaboration or leadership in research and education.
  • Experience in forward-looking areas of aerospace autonomy, such as swarms, formal methods, cyber-physical systems, aircraft/spacecraft flight dynamics and control, human autonomy interaction, robotics, control theory, AI/machine-learning
  • Experience teaching courses that include two or more core undergraduate aerospace engineering topics in the areas of programming, systems and optimization, flight dynamics, spacecraft dynamics, or control theory.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Department/Program & College Description:
The Department of Aerospace Engineering is nationally recognized for its research and teaching, offering BS, MS, and Ph.D. 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.

Department Unit/Website: For more information on the department, please visit

Proposed Start Date: January 1, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year: 09 Month Work Period

Time Type: Full time

Application Instructions:
Please apply online at

Applications will begin to be reviewed on October 31, 2021. The posting will remain open until filled. 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 the desired rank and a COVID impact statement) 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
  4. A single PDF that contains:
  • One-page maximum teaching statement that provides evidence of an ability to teach courses in the Aerospace Engineering programs
  • Two-page maximum research statement
  • One-page maximum inclusivity and diversity statement

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

Job Requisition Number: R5261

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and 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.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that 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 has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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