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Tenure Track Faculty in AI for Aerospace Vehicle Design

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) at The Pennsylvania State University invite 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. This position will be homed in Aerospace Engineering, as a co-hire sponsored by ICDS.

Outstanding candidates are sought with new, creative visions for using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) to extend the fidelity of analysis feasible during early-stage aerospace vehicle design, and adapting current methods for multidisciplinary design, analysis and optimization to account for higher-fidelity analyses being available earlier in design and to explore the role of AI/ML in defining and exploring the potential design space of novel vehicle types beyond those well modeled by traditional design methods.

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, as part of this position’s focus on AI in Aerospace Vehicle Design, they collaborate with the disciplinary strengths already in place within the department and with ICDS faculty outside the department in support of cross-disciplinary collaborative research. Further, reflecting Penn State’s commitment to our educational mission, candidates should articulate their interests and experience in supporting undergraduate and graduate programs through teaching and advising.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in aerospace engineering or a related field by the start date. The search committee is already reviewing applications as they are received; responses received before Feburary 21st are assured full consideration, and 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.

Inquiries can be sent to Amy Pritchett (, Professor and Head of Aerospace Engineering. Apply online at

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), one of five university-wide interdisciplinary institutes, is home for advanced interdisciplinary computation and data-enabled collaborative science at Penn State. ICDS fosters both high-impact computational and data science methodologies as well as their applications to address a broad range of scientific and societal challenges, multifaceted models, and their societal impacts. ICDS supports a vibrant community of scholars, which includes more than 30 co-hired faculty and over 300 affiliated researchers with access to ICDS advanced research computing infrastructure called Roar and a cadre of technical experts, research scientists, and engineers. As an ICDS co-hire, the successful candidate will be expected to engage in computation and data-intensive research, including some of the development and/or application of innovative computational methods, big data, complex simulations, and AI/machine learning. Further information on the institute and its co-hires can be found:?

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.

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