Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering

University of California San Diego School of Engineering

United States

Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering (ER)

Job #JPF03339
  • MECHANICAL & AEROSPACE ENGNRG / Jacobs School of Engineering / UC San Diego

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Aerospace Engineering

Application Window

Open date: September 13, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Oct 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), at the University of California, San Diego, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in Aerospace Engineering.

Of particular interest is research focused on aerospace vehicles and mission design including, but not limited to, advanced flight dynamics, hypersonic flight and propulsion, fluid-structure interactions, net-zero carbon emission aviation, and UAVs, as well as research motivated by space-based systems including, but not limited to, low-cost launch systems technologies, emerging spacecraft power, propulsion, thermal management, guidance/navigation & control, novel sensor systems, micro and nanosatellites; crewed and robotic systems, space-based assembly and manufacturing, and in-situ resource recovery and utilization.

The required job duties include developing an excellent research program, teaching university students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and service activities. As such, successful faculty candidates will demonstrate potential for teaching excellence and the highest standards of scholarship and professional activity in their research area. In addition, candidates must demonstrate past involvement in and/or potential for commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion and have a plan and desire to participate in the School's diversity initiatives.

We especially welcome candidates who have contributed to programs that increase the access and success of underrepresented students or faculty in engineering and who are committed to, and experienced in, building an excellent and diverse academic environment.

Salary: Level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications; salary based on UC pay scales and market conditions.

Closing Date: We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible. Applications received by the initial review date will be given full consideration. However, the search will remain open until the positions are filled.

For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see for the UC San Diego Partner Opportunities Program.

The University of California is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body (



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Applicants must possess a PhD or have advanced to candidacy at the time of application, in the area of Aerospace Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Candidates must demonstrate past involvement in and/or strong potential for commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion and have a plan and desire to participate in the School's diversity initiatives.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD Degree

Preferred qualifications

Preferred candidates will have demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, such as increasing the access and success of underrepresented students or faculty in engineering. Candidates should have a desire to participate in the School's diversity initiatives (

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity and Expectations of the Contributions to Diversity Statement site for more information.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 4-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA

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