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Aerospace Engineering - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Iowa State University
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Aerospace Engineering - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Job Description:
The Department of Aerospace Engineering, in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University invites applications for multiple tenure-track/tenured faculty positions in the areas of 1) Astronautics, Flight Dynamics & Control; 2) Aerodynamics & Propulsion; and 3) Solid & Structural Mechanics, including nondestructive evaluation. Exceptional candidates with commensurate experience and proven track record will be considered for Associate and Full Professor ranks, as well as the Muilenburg Professorship.

Current research thrust areas of the department in aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics include: computational and experimental aerodynamics; aircraft icing and anti-/de-icing; aeroacoustics; air-breathing propulsion; wind energy and wind engineering; computational and experimental solid mechanics and materials science; composites and aerospace structures; formal methods and software engineering; autonomy; non-destructive evaluation and testing; flight dynamics and astrodynamics; guidance and navigation; control theory; aerospace systems and design optimization.

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 teaching courses 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.

Minimum Required 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 candidate’s area of expertise.
  • Full Professor candidates must also meet the university standards for appointment to the rank, including a substantial scholarly record in their area of expertise that demonstrates national distinction or international recognition.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of collaboration and leadership in research and education.
  • All aerospace application areas will be considered; however, the department is particularly interested in areas related to Astronautics, Flight Dynamics & Control; Aerodynamics & Propulsion; or Solid & Structural Mechanics, including nondestructive evaluation. 
  • An ability to teach graduate and undergraduate aerospace courses in the candidate’s relevant technical area of expertise.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and/or record of efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion.

Department/Program & College Description:
The Department of Aerospace Engineering is nationally recognized for its research and teaching. The department has an ABET accredited undergraduate program in aerospace engineering and graduate programs offering MEng, MS and PhD degrees in both aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics. The department is comprised of 21 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, 10 non-tenure eligible teaching and research faculty, 16 staff members, and approximately 940 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. Departmental annual research expenditures were in excess of $6.5 million in 2020.

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

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

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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Application Instructions:
Please apply online at

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. However, to receive full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2021. All interested, qualified persons must apply for this position online at to job requisition number R6281.

The following documents are required to be submitted in PDF format:

  1. Letter of application (including information about desired rank) that briefly discusses 
    • how the candidate meets each of the preferred qualifications; 
    • a brief statement describing the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on your research, work conditions, and productivity.
  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. Other documents to be submitted as one PDF:
    • One-page teaching statement.
    • One-page research statement.
    • One-page statement of experiences promoting diversity and inclusion, which could include advocacy, support, study, and experience with individuals and issues outside the candidate’s personal background.

The search committee will complete a majority of the search process, candidate review, and interviewing virtually to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, and candidates. Final candidates will be invited to campus for a mix of face to face and virtual meetings.

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

Job Requisition Number: R6281


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