Assistant Professor in Aircraft Analysis and Design Opportunity: Apply by October 31

Application Window

  • Open date: August 31st, 2021
  • Next review date: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee
  • Final date: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 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) seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor position in the area of Aircraft Analysis and Design. This search is a part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire leading research faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of all student communities and that will address the needs of our increasingly diverse state, faculty, and student populations.

The MAE Department at UC Davis is home to the only UC aerospace engineering program in northern California, with research emphasis on computational and experimental aero/fluid/thermal/structural dynamics, aeroacoustics, rotorcraft aerodynamics and control, spacecraft and robotics design, aircraft/spacecraft dynamics and control, and composite structures. MAE hosts two subsonic wind tunnel facilities. MAE also has long-standing strengths in hybrid-electric vehicles, autonomous/remotely-operated systems, and aerospace system design. The new position is expected to strengthen the Department’s existing efforts in the area of aircraft design and engineering with the opportunity to utilize the department’s unique wind tunnel facilities for pioneering research.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self- identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between.

Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record of, or potential for (calibrated to career stage) teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion and/or their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

The successful candidate’s research interests in aircraft analysis and design applications may include - but are not limited to - aircraft analysis, performance, and design, flow control, applied aerodynamics, computational and experimental aerodynamics, aero-propulsive interaction, multidisciplinary aircraft optimization, commercial supersonics, electrified aircraft, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), or advanced air mobility (AAM). The candidate is desired to have a strong background in systems integration as applied to one or more of these areas, plus a strong background in traditional aircraft design principles.

The candidate must have completed a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field by the closure of the search period. The candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in aerospace engineering, including but not limited to aircraft performance and design courses, and is also expected to develop new courses, as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field

Additional Qualifications

  • Evidence of excellence or strong potential for excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the potential to attract extramural funding.
  • Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to perform well at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

The appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor. Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. degree by the date of hire. 

Application Requirements

For full consideration, *applications must be completed by October 31, 2021, * with appointment starting as early as July 1, 2022. Application packages should be submitted online through RECRUIT link and should include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy
  • Contact information of at least 3 individuals who will be contacted to provide a letter of reference on your behalf.
  • Signed Authorization to Release Information (available in the RECRUIT system)

We encourage applicants to explore the College's, and Department’s websites.

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website for additional information about how their application materials - including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - will be assessed by the Search Committee in the screening and review process.

Inquiries should be submitted to Prof. Seongkyu Lee, Recruitment Committee Chair,


Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, full in-person campus operations, including in-person academic, research and scholarly activities, are expected to resume in Fall 2021. As a result, interviews, seminars, and additional consultations are expected to occur in-person. If remote platforms, including Zoom, are necessary, we will provide access.

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