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Tenure-Track Faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position starting in Fall 2022. The position is intended for the rank of Assistant Professor, although exceptional applicants at more senior ranks may also be considered.

Outstanding candidates working in all subject areas relevant to aerospace engineering will be considered. The department is seeking new faculty to both bolster its current areas of strength (including aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, avionics, autonomy, materials and structures, and rotorcraft) and to grow its reach into new areas of expertise (including novel vehicle design and expanded areas in space systems). Applicants should articulate their plans to setup a research program attracting outside research sponsorship, contributing to the aerospace industry, and resulting in published research findings. Further, applicants should describe how they will collaborate with the disciplinary strengths already in place within the department in support of cross-disciplinary collaborative research and in support of the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State is strongly committed to our educational mission. Successful candidates should demonstrate interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in aerospace engineering or a related field by the start date. Responses received before October 23, 2021 are assured full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronically a single pdf file that contains a cover letter, a CV, summary of their activities and interests in research, in teaching, and in diversity, equity and inclusion, and the names and contact information for at least three references.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering enjoys an excellent international reputation in aeronautics and astronautics. The department currently has 19 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members, more than 250 juniors and seniors, and more than 120 graduate students. Annual research expenditures exceed $6 million.

Penn State at University Park is a land-grant institution located within the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of central Pennsylvania. State College and nearby communities within Centre County are home to roughly 100,000 people, including over 40,000 students, and offer a rich variety of cultural, recreational, educational, and athletic activities. State College is a wonderful community in which to raise a family and has an excellent public school system.

We especially encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, as the department seeks to grow in the diversity of its faculty. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

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