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Assistant Professor of Space Operations

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 13, 2024
Job Description

Job Posting Title – Assistant Professor of Space Operations

Brief Description – The Department of Applied Aviation Sciences invites candidates to apply for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position to teach introductory and higher-level undergraduate space policy, law, and regulation courses in our B.S. Space Operations degree program, and to pursue research activities related to the legal and policy aspects of air and space technologies. We also anticipate teaching opportunities in the M.S. Space Operations program housed in the School of Graduate Studies.

Detailed Description – The Applied Aviation Sciences Department offers four bachelor’s degree programs, each unique: Aerospace and Occupational Safety, Air Traffic Management, Meteorology, and Space Operations. While each program is different from the others, all are excellent choices for students who want challenging and rewarding careers. The Bachelor of Science degree in Space Operations (BSSO) is a unique program focused on the operations, policy, business, safety, training, human factors, and mission planning elements of space operations. In addition, ERAU Daytona Beach offers an M.S. in Space Operations.

The position includes a mix of teaching, research, and service obligations. Basic teaching requirements are nine credit hours (three courses) per semester with the opportunity to replace some teaching with equivalent funded research.

The candidate is expected to develop new course materials related to space policy, law, and regulation as well as teach previously developed courses. These courses provide students critical insight to the regulatory requirements governing space flight, which gives our students a unique advantage in the space industry. Service duties include student mentoring, curriculum evaluation, committee participation, and project leadership. Research responsibilities include the development of a research agenda focused on the application of law and policy to air and space technologies. This includes participation in individual and/or group research projects involving students. This is a nine-month position, renewed annually.


Job Requirements – J.D. with background in space law/policy (required). Experience working in the space industry (highly desired). Research experience in the application of space law and policy to government and/or commercial space operations (highly desired). Previous experience in higher education (desired).

The position and contract are expected to begin in August 2025.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest, fully-accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, with more than 70 Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. programs. The Daytona Beach Campus serves a diverse student body of approximately 8,300 students. To support aviation and aerospace research, the University has invested in a new 50,000 square foot engineering building, the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), housing several research laboratories ( ), a state-of-the-art subsonic wind tunnel, and a new Flight Research Center facility, all as part of a Research Park with incubator space and growing number of industry creating an ecosystem to support innovation and entrepreneurship. Embry-Riddle is a founding member of a the ASSURE Coalition (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence), which was designated as the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in 2015. The University has also established Centers of Excellence such as the Boeing Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety and the Center for Aerospace Resilient Systems .

Join our global community and embark on a journey of academic excellence and limitless possibilities. Employees working more than 30 hours a week can enjoy medical, dental and vision benefits, an amazing retirement plan with immediate vesting that includes a 6% gift and up to 4% match and free tuition for employees and their immediate family members. To find out more about our benefits and why ERAU has been named a “Great College to Work For” for 13 consecutive years, visit our careers page .

Embry-Riddle is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Embry-Riddle is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We continually strive to recognize, respect, and celebrate differences and cultural identities among individuals as we recruit, support, and embrace our diverse community. We work to provide a safe and inclusive environment and to create a climate free of discrimination where cultural competency is fostered through leadership, integrity, care, and respect.

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