Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Space Engineering and Advanced Aircraft Mobility

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Update 12/8/2020: The application deadlines have been extended. Applications for the spaceflight engineering position will be accepted through December 31, 2020 and applications for the advanced aircraft mobility position will be accepted through January 31, 2021.

Join the MAE Faculty at UC Davis

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Spaceflight Engineering (1 position) and, jointly with the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis (ITS-Davis), in the area of Advanced Aircraft Mobility (1 position).

Spaceflight Engineering - Apply by December 31

Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that will fit within the Spaceflight Engineering disciplinary focus, including (but not limited to): space systems design and integration, satellite (including CubeSats) design and testing, spacecraft propulsion engineering, re-entry trajectory, heating, and heat-shield design, space radiation modeling, sensing, and protection, spacecraft human-systems integration and safety, surface landing, in situ resource utilization, surface excavation and construction, space robotics, planetary/moon surface vehicles, orbital debris modeling, astrodynamics, or space mission design/systems engineering.

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Advanced Aircraft Mobility - Apply by January 31, 2021

Focus areas for this MAE/ITS-Davis joint position include, but are not limited to, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) aircraft, electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, aircraft design, computational and experimental aerodynamics, electric (battery, fuel cell, and hybrid) aircraft propulsion, and autonomous and remotely-piloted electric aircraft. The candidate is expected to have a strong background in system integration as applied to one or more of these areas, plus a strong background in traditional aircraft design principles.

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For Both Positions

We are searching for innovative and collaborative researchers who would seek interdisciplinary collaborations within the department, the college, and the campus. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field, and a record of excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths and the potential to attract extramural funding.

Candidates must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to teach well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars. Participation in department, college, and university service is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model. We seek candidates who aspire to help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations, and who demonstrate commitment to, or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities. We seek candidates dedicated to educating a student body rich in diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, first-generation status, socioeconomic status, and academic inclusiveness. candidates dedicated to educating a student body rich in diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, first-generation status, socioeconomic status, and academic inclusiveness.

Please review the full position description, which provides guidance on application requirements and recommendations to strengthen your application and links to relevant websites for further information about UC Davis:

How to Apply

  • Spaceflight Engineering: Applications are due by December 31, 2020; apply here: JPF03779.
  • Advanced Aircraft Mobility: Applications are due by January 31, 2021; apply here: JPF03784.

For full consideration, applications must be completed by the dates noted above. Required application materials include a cover letter, CV including publication list, research and teaching statements, a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and names and contact information for three references.