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Assistant Professor (Aerospace)

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Honolulu, Hawaii
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Start date
Oct 30, 2023

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Assistant Professor (Aerospace); Position numbers 84156, 84244; the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor positions (focus area: Aerospace), pending position clearance and availability of funds, to begin on August 1, 2024 or as soon thereafter as possible.
The positions are open to all applicants specializing in the areas of aerospace engineering with a preference given to those with background and experience in one or more of the following focus areas: propulsion, gas dynamics, aerodynamics, applied estimation, control for aerospace applications, Hamiltonian and Lagrangian mechanics, celestial mechanics, aircraft flight mechanics, space flight dynamics, air and/or space vehicle design, aeronautics, small aerial vehicles, hypersonics, system engineering, and airspace management. Relevance to the topics of Hawai’i’s aerospace market and workforce development, and experience in emerging research areas and cross-disciplinary activities are particularly encouraged. 
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is actively and purposefully committed to considering a diverse applicant pool in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. Candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia, are also encouraged to apply.
The Department has active research programs in biomedical engineering, soft materials, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), high-performance computing, microscale and nanoscale heat transfer, microfluidics, acoustics, boiling and two-phase flow, multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization, space and ocean science & exploration, aerospace engineering, robotics, uncrewed autonomous systems (UAS), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), dynamical and control systems, composites and nanocomposites, nanomaterials, micro/nano devices, nanomanufacturing, renewable energy, smart structures, corrosion, and tribology. For more information on the department, please visit
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UHM values diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral components of a world-class education and research program and seeks to develop diversity within the profession through the education of traditionally underrepresented groups. The College of Engineering (CoE) offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and its undergraduate programs are ABET accredited. For more information on the college, please visit
The CoE closely collaborates with other units at the University of Hawai‘i, including John A. Burns School of Medicine, Cancer Research Center, Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education (C-MORE), Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering (ORE), College of Natural Sciences, Hawai’i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL), Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics & Planetology (HIGP), School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), Hawaii Data Science Institute (HI-DSI), Information Technology Center, College of Social Sciences, Institute for Astronomy (IfA), and Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA).
The University of Hawaii is a Carnegie R1 (i.e., highest research activity) university and is recognized as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant university. UHM is engaged in building a culturally diverse educational environment with a strong emphasis on research and graduate education.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa is dedicated to becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning, a place that is responsive to Native Hawaiians and reflective of Indigenous Hawai‘i which promotes learning, growth, connection, and healing. UH Manoa is also a designated Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Teach, conduct, and develop assigned undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars, including via various distance delivery modes as required, including courses in the areas of mechanical and aerospace engineering; 
  • Develop an independent, extramurally funded research program;
  • Communicate research work in leading scholarly conferences and leading peer-reviewed journals
  • Supervise independent research and study activities;
  • Serve as an academic advisor for students;
  • Serve on the Departmental, College, and University committees;
  • Render service to the professional or lay community that is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty;
  • Serve on thesis and dissertation committees of candidates for advanced degrees;
  • Lead and participate in aerospace engineering initiatives at the University of Hawai‘i and the UH Manoa College of Engineering
  • Perform related tasks as assigned by the Department Chair;
  • Support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students from populations typically underrepresented in Engineering including Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders;
  • Develop research emphasis applicable to or experience with Hawaii and/or the Asia/Pacific region;
  • Participate in curriculum development activities and initiatives, including efforts towards the development of curricular materials and instructional methods incorporating place-based/Hawaii-based learning to impact aerospace and mechanical engineering knowledge;
  • Learn about and implement Native Hawaiian, Indigenous, and/or place-based principles into curriculum, programming, and work culture; and
  • Participate in implementing the Native Hawaiian principles from the UH Manoa Strategic Plan to support becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

 Minimum qualifications:

  • An earned Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or closely related field from a college or university of recognized standing (All-But-Dissertation, ABD, applicants will be considered; however, Ph.D. is required at start of employment);
  • Background related to aerospace engineering research topics
  • Coursework and/or research experience in the areas mentioned above; 
  • Demonstrated instructional ability;
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement;
  • Strong commitment to teaching and research excellence and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels and the ability to teach students from different backgrounds with diverse life experiences and learning styles;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others, and engage successfully in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment.; 
  • Ability to teach graduate courses in area of specialty, as well as undergraduate courses in aerospace and/or mechanical engineering;
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion

 Desirable qualifications:

  • Expertise and experience in one or more of the focus areas mentioned above with emphasis on, but not limited to, one or more of the following: autonomous aerospace systems, advanced navigation methods, air mobility, wind tunnels, systems integration, decision making, AI, machine learning, supervised reinforcement learning.

To Apply:
Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen at the application website to complete an application and attach required documents to the online application.
The applicant should submit (1) a cover letter specifying the position and the research area(s); (2) a curriculum vitae detailing research and teaching accomplishments; (3) a statement on research interests, activities, and plans; (4) a statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans; (5) a statement of contribution to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; and (6) the names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of at least four professional references (for short listed applicants, the committee will solicit letters of recommendation from these professional references). Finalists must be prepared to submit unofficial copies of graduate transcripts of terminal degree. Official transcripts or equivalent will be required prior to employment.
All applications received prior to January 16, 2024 will receive full consideration, but the review process will continue until the position is filled. Applications will continue to be accepted, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
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Dr. Dilmurat Azimov (email:, Chair of the Screening Committee.


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  • Expertise and experience in one or more of the focus areas mentioned above with emphasis on, but not limited to, one or more of the following: autonomous aerospace systems, advanced navigation methods, air mobility, wind tunnels, systems integration, decision making, AI, machine learning, supervised reinforcement learning.

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